Startup Week ONLINE (21-25 September 2020)

Since 2017, our annual 5 day Newcastle Startup Week festival has inspired, motivated & helped 1,000s of people to start or grow a business!

Newcastle Startup Week ONLINE (21-25 September 2020) sponsored by FreeAgent

As many of you will know, our 4th festival was due to take place in May 2020 but because of the COVID lockdown we had to pivot from a physical event to an online one which was delivered through our private Facebook Group to 300+ people.

Because of the success of our first Newcastle Startup Week ONLINE event in May, we’re running another one between 21-25 September 2020.

What can you expect?

Our Newcastle Startup Week ONLINE events follow the same 5 themes as our physical ones:

1. Monday = INSPIRATION (10am-3.30pm)

  • Nigel Risner (Chief Zoo Keeper, Business Speaker of the Year, Communications Expert & Motivational Speaker)
  • Sam Conniff & Alex Barker on ‘How To Be More Pirate’
  • Craig Conway (Critically-acclaimed actor & producer) on ‘Nurturing world-class creative talent in the North East through the new D15 centre’
  • Ammar Mirza CBE (Founder, SME Centre of Excellence, Founder & Chair, Asian Business Connexions & North East (North) Chairman, Institute of Directors)
  • Tony Robinson OBE & Taryn Lee Johnston on ‘The Happipreneur: Why #MicroBizMatters (A Memoir & Guide for Enterprising People)’
  • Liz Mayes (Chief Executive, The Common Room of the North)

2. Tuesday = GETTING STARTED (10am-3.30pm)

  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week)
  • Corinne Lewis-Ward (Designer & Creative Consultant, Powder Butterfly & Creative Heritage Studios CIC)
  • Tim Elliott (Commercial Storyteller) on ‘What’s your story?’
  • Nicola Black (Founder, Nature+Nature) on ‘Getting Started – Trust In The Journey’
  • Paul Lancaster on ‘How to Start Something New'(11.30am-11.45am) Break / Networking / Q&A
  • Steven George France (MMA Coach, Entrepreneur, Investor & Motivational Speaker)
  • Gareth Davies (Founder, Acid_Works) on ‘Adventures Into Design: A Story of post university design industry exploration’
  • Kate Patton (Entrepreneur Engagement Manager North East Rngland), Tech Nation) on the ‘Rising Stars’ competition for early-stage tech companies & other support available
  • Chris Jewitt & Des Kennedy (Food & Drink North East)

3. Wednesday = FUNDING & FINANCE (10.30am-3.30pm)

  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) with Introduction & Opening Remarks
  • Andy Thomas (Abacus Jack Accounting) on ‘How to manage & forecast cashflow’
  • James Holloway (External Engagement Manager, North East Fund)
  • Tim Ward (Managing Director, Bid and Research Development) on ‘How to find the best tender opportunities using AI-powered OPPORTUNI’
  • Andy Thomas (Abacus Jack Accounting) on ‘Using Data to Drive Business Decisions’
  • Simon Robeson (Co-Founder, North East Capital & CE0, Core Technology Ventures) on ‘Independent, impact-focused IP investment in the North East of England’

4. Thursday = GROWING & SCALING (10am-3.30pm)

  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) with Introduction & Opening Remarks
  • Hilary Dunne (Founder, The Brand Activators) on ‘How Everyone Can Create Their Own Brand Activation Easily & Cheaply’
  • Colin Bell (Business Growth Director, North East LEP) on the ‘High Potential Startups’ programme
  • Tim Elliott (Commercial Storyteller) on ‘How great brands grow on purpose’
  • Helen Trueman-Howe (Founder, Heels & Brogues Group) on ‘How to build & create new opportunities for yourself & others through your network’
  • Declan Baharini (Director, International Newcastle) on ‘How to develop & promote Newcastle’s credentials as a truly international city for both individuals & businesses’
  • Louise Doyle (Founders & CEO, mesma) on ‘What T Levels are, Industry Placements & how they can help your business or organisation grow’
  • Victoria Fleming (Buzztastic) on ‘How to sell more & better (even during the COVID lockdown)’
  • Charlotte Windebank (Managing Director & Co-Founder, FIRST) & Vincent Efferoth (Managing Director & Co-Founder, Tea Venture Ltd) on ‘The Journey from Startup to Scaleup with NOVELTEA alcoholic tea’
  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) with Closing Remarks & a look ahead at Day 5

5. Friday = KEEP GOING OR PIVOT? (10am-3.30pm)

  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) with Opening Remarks
  • Christina Lord (Founder & Professional Coach, Authentic Action Coaching) on ‘Activate Your Power, Energise Your Decision-Making, Keep Going or Pivot?
  • Livestream chat with Jon Waite, Phoebe & Georgia (Advertise1) on ‘How to survive & thrive from startup to SME’
  • Livestream with Geoff Ramm (‘Celebrity Service’ & ‘OMG Marketing’ keynote speaker)
  • Nicola Jayne Little (Founder, MINT Business Club) on ‘Pivoting Your Business (through choice or absolute necessity)’
  • Katie Stidolph (The Savvy Stoic) on ‘How Stoicism can help you overcome any obstacles in life’
  • Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) with Closing Remarks & what’s next for the Startup Week Community?

Want to see / hear them?

Tickets are available for just £25.91 here or by clicking / tapping below:

Book your ticket for Startup Week ONLINE

*Please note*

These tickets give you immediate access to our private Facebook Group where all our exclusive talks, presentations, interviews & livestreams will be shared between 21-25 September.

Videos of all our speakers will then remain available for you to watch anytime within the Facebook Group until Friday 2 October. On this date you will be removed from the private Facebook Group unless you have taken out a 12 month Annual Membership of our ‘Startup Week Community’ for £75.

(Membership gives you access to all our videos & online events taking place over the next 12 months including our monthly Founders’ Friday events, a ticket for Day 1 of our next physical festival which is now due to take place in May 2021, priority access to our new TRYBES platform & a range of other benefits).

If you want to take out an Annual Membership now instead of just booking a ticket for our event in September, please go to our ‘Community‘ page.

Still not sure what to expect?

Watch this video of our ‘Opening Remarks’ in May to get a better understanding of what to expect from Newcastle Startup Week ONLINE in September & the one below that to see what our physical events are usually like…


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