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Zoom talk: The ethically minded startup

A free beepurple webinar featuring a panel of  local, ethical founders who will share their experiences and  advice with  like-minded student and graduate startups.

Wednesday 23 March, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm held virtually via Zoom

This live  online panel event brings together some amazing ethical and sustainable Sussex founders to share their stories, insight and tips  with you.

What is the aim of the event?

We believe that any new startup should be mindful of its environmental and societal  impact.  In this live webinar, a cross section of East Sussex freelancers and social entrepreneurs who care, share their experiences and tips on running a business in an ethically minded, sustainable or socially responsible way.  They’ll tell you why they started up, the lessons they’ve learned along the way and how they live by their ethical brand values and bring them to life in what they do.  Bring along your questions for our panelists.


Who is on our panel?

Pete Barr is  co-founder of @the.soapstone a sustainable hand sanitiser dispenser funded through kickstarter and @enayball an accessible art tool for people with physical disabilities. He also freelances as a product and graphic designer in @makerversity and  wants everything he designs to have a positive impact on people and planet.

Shiv Misra – is founder of @rootsnhoots , Brighton’s first plastic-free, zero-waste online delivery service and @kindlybrighton a sustainable supermarket in Seven Dials.  Shiv finally decided to take the mantle of climate action into his own hands and do his bit to save the planet. He helps his environment conscious customers to lessen their environmental impact and lead a zero waste lifestyle. He is also putting pressure on the big super markets to become more eco-friendly.


Kerry Watkins @social_for_good is founder and managing director of Social For Good, a local social media consultancy/agency.  The team work with purpose-driven organisations to help them use social media ethically, with integrity and to do good; to affect change, improve lives, and make a positive impact in the world.

Elena Drew @elenadrewthis is a University of Brighton textile graduate and a @uobbeepurple founder.  She is a digital illustrator and print designer employing informative designs which reflect a range of environmental issues and support education around climate change.  Her interest in the environment is a constant source of inspiration for her work.  She has a growing business selling cards and prints to ethical and sustainable retailers, charities and social enterprises and all her products are produced on 100% recycled and recyclable materials.  One tree is planted for every purchase!

What are the intended learning outcomes?

This workshop will inspire student and graduate entrepreneurs to run their businesses in a sustainable and socially responsible way,  be they freelancers, solo founders or social.  You will learn how to embody these values in whatever you do and come away with some very real practical ideas on how to translate your values into action in every aspect of your startup.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is suitable for any student or undergraduate considering starting up an ethical and sustainably minded business, freelance career or project.

When is it?

Wednesday 23 March, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm held virtually via Zoom

How do I register for this event?

This webinar is open exclusively to students and graduates of the University of Brighton. It is free to attend, but booking is essential.

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Liz Vassilakes • 15/03/2022

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