Starting Up! Event featuring University of Brighton graduate entrepreneurs
One of the highlights of the beepurple calendar takes place on Wednesday 5 February. Starting Up! features four graduate entrepreneurs returning to the university to share the stories of their journeys so far and answer your questions.
The event takes place off campus at 68 Middle Street, in Brighton’s Lanes, from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. There will be a keynote talk from new entrepreneur-in-residence, James Burton, another University of Brighton alumnus. James founded the global tech marketing business Qualifa, a multi-million turnover business that was sold to Clarion Events in 2016. He is now providing mentorship to students and graduates via beepurple.
Drinks and nibbles are provided and the event is free to attend – but you must register in advance.
The four recent graduate entrepreneurs are:
Heidi Swinyard, founder of ceramics company Teddy Brighton
Heidi runs Teddy Brighton, a homewares business inspired by her childhood growing up in ‘the Potteries’ of Stoke-On-Trent and her not-so-little miniature Dachshund Teddy. Heidi studied a Masters in Architecture.
Kurt Henderson, co-founder of investor-funded travel app startup Nava
Kurt is the co-founder of London-based mobile app Nava, which uses artificial intelligence to build travel recommendations based on who you are and where you are. He studied Digital Media Design and his startup has won Visa’s European Everywhere Initiative, earning them 50,000 Euros to invest in growth.
Jade Evans, textiles innovator
Jade is last year’s winner of the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition. She is in the development stages of her unique interiors business, which uses pet hair to weave into sustainable fabric for rugs, cushions and other products. It’s called Hair of the Dog
Naglis Stankaitis, experienced Amazon seller
Naglis of Seller Education will discuss how he has been able to create passive income selling ‘private label products’ on Amazon. He generated over £200,000 in sales in just over 12 months without any external investment and with no previous training or experience in digital space – all the time continuing his full-time studies at the University of Brighton.