Speakers announced for Derry start-up event LEVELUP

  • Photo: UK entrepreneur and founder of I am Arla, Devika Wood is in the speaker line-up

    Details of the key speakers, panellists and sponsors for the LEVELUP event that is being delivered by Startacus and taking place during Derry and Strabane Enterprise Week have just been announced!

    Following on from last year’s LineUP event and the subsequent impact which the pandemic has had on us all, the 2-day hybrid LEVELUP event will draw on and look at innovation and best practice locally and from around the world and focus on what we can do now - the changes that we can make and the opportunities that exist if we’re to thrive in our new economy - whether that is as individuals, organisations or regions.

    LEVELUP will take place on 21 - 22 April and will feature a series of inspirational sessions on six core themes with People and the Economy being the overarching theme throughout; Smart Cities, Places and Rural Innovation, Retail and High Street, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Health & Wellness,  Social Change and Diversity & Inclusion.

    Key speakers and panelliststs confirmed so far include:

    Izzy Obeng - Entrepreneur, business coach and professional speaker leading Foundervine

    Ben Scott Robinson, Co-founder of Small Robot Company

    Devika Wood, Leading UK entrepreneur and founder of I am Arla

    Philip McLaughlin, Client Manager, ESRI Ireland

    John Hoyle, Founder of Sook, a company that reactivates empty spaces

    Liz Choonara, Head of Entrepreneurship at leading UK Charity CRISIS

    Joe Richardson and Venetia Hulse from Corporate Innovation Consultancy L Marks

    Christine White, Head of Business, Diversity Mark NI

    The event will also feature the NI startup pitch competition, LEVELUP 2021 where up to 14 early-stage innovative digital / tech startups will compete for a £2k cash prize. Applications for this remain open until 10 April. The winner of the virtual pitch competition will be decided by a fantastic panel of judges which includes:

    Dave Graham, Dell Technologie

    Naomi Timperley, Tech North Advocates

    Audrey Osborne, Techstart VC

    Beth Glenfield, Scout for Ada Ventures

    Shaun Sharkey, Equity Fundraising Manager, Crowdcube

    Nico Albanese, Ascension Ventures

    Anne Lawlor, CEO of Journey Protector, the winner of “The 20” pitch competition at last year’s LineUP event will also be back to chat about the last 12 months and what she and her business have achieved.

    LEVELUP will also feature an early-evening Speed Networking event on 21st April. The virtual event, taking place on Zoom, is being powered by NetMinds, and will provide opportunities for attendees to engage, build valuable connections, inspire others and be inspired.

    It will follow a similar format to the recent speed networking event which Startacus had facilitated for female founders as part of International Women’s Day. Further details and opportunities to book tickets for the speed networking event will be announced shortly.

    In addition to Derry City and Strabane District Council as strategic partners, LEVELUP organisers and facilitators Startacus are delighted to announce that the Council will be joined as Major Sponsors of the event by North West Regional College and Ulster University.

    Allstate NI, ESRI Ireland, RAISE Ventures and RealTime Recruitment will be sponsoring individual sessions over the course of the 2-day event, with Allstate NI also sponsoring a speed networking session.

    Free tickets are now available to be booked for individual sessions or for all!

    Source: Startacus

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