‘Grow Your Network’ – free speaker panel this week
Four entrepreneurs will be sharing their experiences of building business relationships. They’ll reveal the top tips and bright ideas that have helped them get more out of networking. Plus you’ll have a chance to ask them anything about their businesses and careers.
There’s an opportunity to find out more about our diverse and passionate beepurple community, meeting students and graduates that, like you, are developing businesses, working on social enterprises or building a freelance career.
Come along for a glass of wine or soft drink, some nibbles, and great night full of useful insights and new connections.
Kurt Henderson, Kompas App
Kurt is an award-winning product designer and co-founder of mobile app Kompas, which uses artificial intelligence to build city discovery recommendations based on who you are and where you are. Whilst studying Digital Media Design at the University of Brighton he founded a record label ‘UKFusion Media’ signing four artists of which one was then signed to Warner Brothers Records. It was while he was running the Tech Blog, RootNotion, that the idea for Kompas was born. Since then, Kompas has won Visa’s European Everywhere Initiative and the London Midlands Labs Accelerator Cohort, securing both companies as commercial partners and generating over £100k in revenue on top of a total of under 1M private investment. With just under 70K users and in 6+ cities Kompas’ growth continues to grow exponentially.
Sara Osterholzer, Social Enterprise Expert
Believing business is a tool for social and environmental change, Sara supports changemakers to develop and test their business ideas to elevate the social enterprises of the future. She is a business advisor and coach, and sits on the Board of Directors for RubyMoon, an ethical swimwear brand, as well as the Advisory Board for Rank & File, a digital magazine for the social entrepreneur.
Faik Aktulga, Wild Fangs
Faik studied Business Management BSc(Hons) at the University of Brighton and, after graduation, he returned to his parents’ house in London to look for corporate work in the city. After a round of applications and interviews, he started to doubt his passion for the career path that he had found himself pursuing. Entrepreneurial, and very restless in a 9-5 office environment, Faik faced a quandary. How could he find meaningful work that would utilise his university learnings yet suit his personality, interests and drive? He turned to his lifetime love: exotic animals. Five years later Faik is running a successful and popular animal encounters business, Wild Fangs.
Tanya White, The Challenge
A large part of Tanya’s role involves creating partnerships with organisations and looking at ways of establishing a mutual benefit working together. She is a self-professed “complete fan of networking” and is keen to share her stories, and those of her colleagues, to demonstrate the way networking can be transformational in business. The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. It designs and delivers programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.