500+ students, 8 great speakers, 3 awesome hands-on workshops and a cash-prize pitch competition.
We’re here to cover the event, one mini-post or photo at a time. If you’re around, do come by and say hi.
Official Hashtag: #WhatNext2015
09:00 – REGISTRATION STARTS
09:30 – WELCOME
09:40 – HAYEL WARTEMBERG & NDUBUISI UCHEA (WORD ON THE CURB)
09:50 – NAOMI TIMPERLEY (HOW TO MASTER NETWORKING?)
10:10 – JESSICA HUIE MBE (CATCHING UP WITH YOUR POTENTIAL)
10:50 – STEVE BARTLETT (THE KIDS THAT SECRETLY CONTROL SOCIAL MEDIA)
11:30 – BREAK
12:00 – SRIRAM SUBRAMANIAN (TOUCHING WITHOUT TOUCHING)
12:30 – JOSH COOK (DRAGONS’ DEN)
13:00 – LUNCH
14:00 – JAMES EDER (FROM .COM TO COOKBOOK & BEYOND)
14:40 – WORKSHOPS BY DOTFORGE, NIFTY AND UBER
15:20 – BREAK
15:30 – PITCH COMPETITION FINALS
16:10 – JOHN BIRD
17:05 – CLOSING REMARKS
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And with the announcement that the bar is now open, the event ends and the buzz slowly dies back down from the fever-pitch it’s been at all day.
A massive thank you to Manchester Entrepreneurs for inviting us and for the awesome event, and a personal thank you to Peter and Phillipp who did a fantastic job with supporting this live blog.
Monique thanks her team, the sponsors and a quick overview of where Manchester Entrepreneurs is going with the announcment of Manchester Apprentice challenge.
“A really good business is only ever as good as it’s corporate social responsibility.”
“i had to create a business to get a job”
Two strong points as John responds to questions.
After the run over the past of The Big Issue, we’re now hearing about the future.
1. Turning their vendors into content creators.
2. Their investment fund at http://www.bigissueinvest.com
a majority of money is spent on Emergency and Care , and not on Prevention or Cure. (P.E.C.C)
3. The Big Heady a online/offline magazine about oxygenising intelligent concepts
“The only cure for poverty is to GET OUT OF IT!” an impassioned talk about why the big issue was founded, and how.
At 16, he was finally taught to read and write, by a guard in the institution he was sentenced to in his youth.
A remarkable story of overcoming obstacles over an almost unbelievable journey that brought him to beginning The Big Issue.
“I WAS TAUGHT TO HATE! Poverty was not enough, they had to pour poison into my mind.”
It took him till 21 to realise it was nonsense.
People on the streets had to market themselves as pathetic to get more money. This had to change.
And so they repackaged homelessness.
The problem was that people were giving people money on the streets, and thus keeping them on the streets.
Photos from John Bird’s talk:
Started the big issue as there was a major issue with homelessness.
A major point being made by John about not getting things lost in bad presentation.
up now is John Bird from the Big Issue – who opens up by confessing that he’s a better comedian than a social entrepreneur
And the winner for the business pitch section is FootieAddict.
Up now is the business idea section.
First up is CoffeeMunch all natural snack that boosts energy without that ‘added crap.
Second is FootieAddict, an online community of football enthusiasts to organise games in real-life.
And final pitch of the day is a passionate presentation about maximising people’s impact.
And the winner of the social category is the volunteering platform. Congrats!
Up now are the three finalists for the social pitch challenge.
Up first is a volunteering website that makes it like a job website, making things easier for people to volunteer and building of CVs.
Second pitch is (by the brother of the Tech pitch winner) is a platform for people to buy and sell second hand goods, with the proceeds going to Charities.
Third pitch is a platform that empowers african entrepreneurs through micro-investments.
And the winner of the tech pitch challenge is:
Starting off are the 3 winning pitches in the category “Tech” fighting for the Judge’s votes!
First off is German startup RUMBLE producing physical bricks that are transferred into digital games by Bluetooth technology!
Second is an ebook subscription service for schools, saving them £500 p/month but only charging them £20.
Third up is a solution to allow students to share their completed coursework, called CourseWeb.
Judges for the pitching competition
Emma Cheshire CEO dotforge, Tom McCann Director of ME Accelerators & Fergie Miller from Varsity Ventures
There’s now a 20 minute break before we jump back in for the Pitch Competition finals, followed shortly by John Bird from The Big Issue.
Many corporates have funds to support startups in their business areas!
“Never pay to pitch!” @RiverTam57 of @dotforge
@RiverTam57 of @dotforge points to the SEID Investment scheme!
The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme is a tax break launched in 2012 to encourage Investors to fund UK businesses.
The investor gets no control over the company but receives tax reductions of up to 50% of the investment!
“if you’re going to hire a PR agency, do your research” Piers from @bynifty
OH in the workshop for running a business whilst having a full time job:
“sometimes you need to ask for a toilet break to handle a business call for your startup”.
Some snaps from the workshops underway:
Searching for an Angel Investor? Be proactive.
Follow on Twitter, follow on Facebook – learn about them, attend the events that they attend and introduce yourself.
“You have to engage!” @RiverTam57, Program Manager at @dotforge
Want to launch a successful kickstarter campaign?
Make sure your business is 25-40% funded to appeal to the masses!
An accelerator program like @dotforge can help you stay independent.
By @RiverTam57 of @dotforge
The right definition of wearable technology:
“Technology when worn is in it’s most useful state” and not “technology that can be worn”.
Great words from the founder of the company behind http://www.getxoo.com
Piers has asked his attendees about what their biggest concerns are regarding crowdfunding. They are: stealing of ideas; % of equity to give away; how to handle the PR details; managing expectations and building logistics.
@RiverTam57 on what it takes to join the @dotforge accelerator?
1. A solid and dedicated team (1-2 biz + 1-2 dev’s)
2. Relocate to the accelerator location
3. Be willing to learn and adapt.
In Piers’ workshop we hear about how Nifty went from an idea to a crowdfunding poster-child, and the challenges that came with said success. Amazing experience being shared, and questions been posed about crowdfunding as a whole.
River Tamoor Baig of @DotForge accelerator has helped entrepreneurs raise over £10m in funding.
1st lesson: #bootstrapping “Don’t give away equity, stay independent”
Want to raise money? Apply for accelerators to grow
Piers Ridyard of @ByNifty is going to speak about “How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign”
River Tamoor Baig of @DotForge is speaking about “Hot to raise funding for your startups”
Ndu & Hayel of @wordonthecurbUKr will be delivering a talk on “How to juggle a full time job and a start up”
#WhatNext2015 is moving into the details.
The attendees will now split into 3 40 minute workshops.
— Katrina Patel (@katrina_patel) February 28, 2015
— Michael Palmer (@Michaellpalmer) February 28, 2015
— Mark Davies (@MrMarkDavies) February 28, 2015
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
“I was rugby tackled in that bean. I was punched, twice, in that bean.” James remembers launching studentbeans.com dressed as their bean mascot in Manchester
“Students are three times more connected than an average person”
James links this fundamental assumption that people make, is that the worst thing that could possibly happen will happen.
A great experiment with how many F’s are seen in a slide, and one of the big results is that people got it wrong because of assumptions.
Starting with a looong but meaningful quote:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
After asking for a volunteer (who was gifted two awesome books) James got everyone else to find someone they didn’t know. They then had to explain to this new person, why they didn’t volunteer themselves. Worked great in getting people mingling.
Back from lunch with James Eder from The Beans Group.
and now a 1 hour lunch break. We’ll be back after that with our live-coverage. Want to get notified, follow us on twitter here http://www.twitter.com/includedco
How to get through all the tasks involved with running his business, he ‘eats the frog’ by listing out all the tasks for the day and doing the ‘worst’ ones first.
“you cant use pythagoras in business” so true!
Photos from Sriram’s talk
Three Big Tips:
Avoid the Big Business Effect – excessive spending before making money – use what you can without pretending to be a big business. People see through it and the business feels the pain.
1. Spend as little as you can, keep spending relative to earnings.
2. Treat it like a baby, you have to nurture it like you would a child.
Get stuck in and roll up your sleeves think of it like Newtons cradle, if you lift one ball, one comes out the other side, if you lift 3, 3 come out the other side. i.e. what you put in, you get out, the same goes for businesses.
An example is that Josh still hoovers the office every Friday. In the beginning they used one mobile phone and wore many many hats.
Under promise and over deliver – dont be in the situation of risking your business and reputation by over promising.
Set Goals Realistic small goals allow big goals to be made attainable.
For more information on their company see: http://zevenmedia.com/
Up now is Josh Cook who’s success on Dragon’s Den lead to even further growth for their social media photobooth company.
Excellent questions and a great answer to whether something is possible: “I have no reason to believe that it wouldn’t be possible”.
You can get more info from Sriram’s company here: http://ultrahaptics.com/
Sriram asked his students to see if they could use the tech to defy gravity. And showed us a video of their progress so far as a project called LeviPath.
We’re hunting down the video, because it looks amaaazing.
This technology allows users to ‘know’ they’ve clicked a button without having actually touched something. Fantastic tech!
Now they have tech that uses ultrasound to let you feel without touching.
To keep up-to-date with the amazing work that Sriram and his team are working on see: http://big.cs.bris.ac.uk/
Now they use mist to give interactive desktops with a great futuristic feel, see MisTable
Originally it was built as fun little side project. Now companies pay a few thousand pounds a day to demo it.
The video does a fantastic job of really hitting home about what SensaBubble is, so I won’t even try.
An inspiration came from wanting to make a way for adults to play with bubbles.
An inspiration that evolved into SensaBubble
Now we’re back for two talks before Lunch break.
First up Sriram and his talk about Touching without Touching
Now a quick break as everyone get’s some brain time and we get to rest our fingers and laptops.
Advice to non-technical founders: People act differently and work harder when they have a vested interest into the project.
When asked “What Next?”
They aim to build The Social Chain into a hundred million pound company.
The Social Chain have now opened a new office in Manchester and are looking for great people to work/intern with them.
The average age is 23.
Lessons learned along the way:
1. Parents sometimes think they know what’s best for you. And sometimes you know what’s best for you.
2. You have the power to do anything. How do you go about making that happen? Just believe you can.
3. Failure vs Greatness – 500 emails before the 1 that said yes.
4. YOLO (yea he’s serious) you only have a certain window.
5. The power of being at the bottom – you can’t go any lower, you can take bigger risks
6. Everyone has ‘haters’ who will always nay-say and talk ‘sh**” about you behind your back.
7. Passion – there are moments when the logical thing to do is to give up, only passion gets you through them
8. Delusion – knowing you can be somewhere and successful regardless of how possible it seems
9. Work smart not always hard.
10. There’s never a perfect time.
11. Know that the hard times are sacrifices for delayed gratification.
A great insight into how The Social Chain reaches millions of people in one click through a network of influencers.
Photos from Jessica’s and Steve’s passionate and entertaining talks.
“If you ask enough times, eventually you get lucky.”
“When you’re trying to get the attention of people, go above and beyond.”
Easily the most laughs we’ve had in the comedy club so far!
Next up is Steve Bartlett from SocialChain (before a well deserved break to reflect on the learnings so far)
With his usual no-nonsense approach, Steve kicks off with his usual profanity infused inspirational story.
A great interactive talk by Jessica who really engaged the attendees with positive thinking and so much more.
Big take away: Self-awareness has massive correlation with success.
Jessica was asked about whether she learns from reading about self-development, and although she does, the point is made to try and get experience at the same time.
It’s no longer possible to hide behind your business. You need to focus on the why, and the value your business creates outside of it’s profits.
“Think about the way that you think. How do you deal with criticism?”
Step into the mind of the future you. What would you change?
“If your partnerships, friendships and network arent lifting you up, you need to get rid of them”
“Regardless of what your position is right now, it’s really important to set your sights on where you want to be and then work backwards.”
Jessica talks about three Jessica’s.
1. The potential Jessica (potentially unrealistic but someone she aspires to be)
2. (will update shortly)
3. (will update shortly)
Next speaker: Jessica Huie MBE @JessicaHuieMBE
Working on the Rising Star challenge looking for an exceptional young person to literally catapult them into space.
An to end off Naomi issues the following challenge: Write down somebody who you want to be connected to’s name. Then figure out a way to get connected to them through your network and it’s extended network.
Fantastic examples of how networking can open doors for young (and interesting) people.
Photos from the talks by Naomi and the due behind Word on the Curb:
— Michael Palmer (@Michaellpalmer) February 28, 2015
Fantastic atmosphere here so far! The pitching stationis open downstairs if you want to win £500! #WhatNext2015
— What Next? (@WhatNextMCR) February 28, 2015
Three pieces of advice from Naomi:
1. Be thankful in business and connect the dots for other (http://uk.sageone.com/2013/08/29/being-thankful/)
Dont follow every Tom Dick and Harry, be strategic.
2. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help from people.
3. Pay it forward
A great story shared about a 14 year old who wanted to shadow an investment banker, and through twitter was able to connect with the right people like Naomi.
The big take-away is that this project grew dramatically after the success of their pitch in last year’s competition.
WordOnTheCurb now has over 4 million views across their social media channels.
Are now opening up to ask the public to submit content, videos, text, photos etc.
And we kickstart the photos from the talks.
First speakers are Ndu and Hayel from @WordOnTheCurbUK.
An interesting story about giving youth the opportunity to become the faces of our societies big issues, through written word and poetry.
Interesting that last year’s Pitch Competition winners, WORD ON THE CURB, are the first speakers for today.
The winners of each of the three pitch competition categories will grab £500 in cash, as well as tickets to watch Manchester United.
And we’re off with an ultra-loud awakening video. The event is hosted by Neil Clough (@NeilClough).
(and it wouldn’t be an entrep event without an early technical glitch with the second video)
Photos from around the venue as we setup:
We’re running about grabbing some shots as students from around the country are networking in the lobby.
Just arrived at The Comedy Store Manchester and setting up for what’s looking to be a great day of talks and workshops.