Scaleup Summit

Building on the success of our 5-day, citywide and multi-venue ‘Newcastle Startup Week’ festival in May, we’re running a 1-day ‘Newcastle Scaleup Summit’ at the Live Theatre on Thursday 23rd November 2017 to help people learn how to grow and take their business to the next level.

Sarah Crimmens & Paul Lancaster onstage at the Live Theatre

Schedule (so far)

8.30am-9.30am: Business Breakfast Networking + Registration

9.30am-12.30pm: Morning Session

Going deeper into the topics we covered on our ‘Growing & Scaling’ day in May, the full-day event in November will feature a range of speakers in the morning who will share personal and practical insights on how they grew their own business, or explain products, services or programmes they use to help others fulfil their potential.

  • Welcome & Introduction from Paul Lancaster & Sarah Crimmens (Newcastle Startup Week + Scaleup Summit)
  • ‘What do we mean by ‘scaleups’ and why are they important?’ by Colin Bell (Business Growth Director, North East LEP)
  • Panel Discussion: How to adopt a ‘Growth Mindset’ within your business ft. Carl Haagensen (Entrepreneur Development Manager, Natwest Entrepreneurial Spark), Holly Thompson (Future Skills Vision Ltd) + Scott Rowland (HiThrive)
  • ‘How to improve your sales & marketing of existing products / services’ by Speaker TBC
  • Fireside Chat: Darren Jobling (CEO, ZeroLight) + Alasdair Greig (Director, Northstar Ventures)
  • ‘How can membership organisations help?’ ft. The FSB, North East Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, CBI + Entrepreneurs’ Forum


1.30pm-5.30pm: Afternoon Session

The afternoon session will include facilitated workshops and 1-2-1s where delegates can put the ideas into practise and sign up for any services or programmes that will help them grow and scale. This will then be followed by:

  • ‘How to innovate & develop new products / services’ by Professor Roy Sandbach OBE (Newcastle University)
  • Panel Discussion: How to find the skills & talent you need to grow your business ft. Michaela Reaney (MD, Gradvert), Laura Sharpe (Sharpe Recruitment), Peter Neal (Strategic Talent, UNW) + Neil Stephenson (Director, Tetrad Recruitment Ltd)
  • ‘Growing your business through partnerships’ by Sarah Lemon (Business Development Director, Sage)
  • Keynote Speaker TBC

A full schedule will be announced soon but ‘Early Bird’ tickets are on sale now for just £60 at

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