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Event Social Enterprise East of England presents 'BIG Potential East: Social Investment Explained'
Date & Location Apr 27, 09:30-15:30, Ipswich Town Hall, Ipswich
May 18, 09:30-15:30, Future Business Centre, Cambridge
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About the event

The event is a great opportunity to:

  • learn about social investment
  • consider if social investment is suitable for your organisation
  • learn about how Big Potential can help you start your journey
  • meet specialist advisors
  • hear stories from Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) who have benefitted from social investment

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09.30-10.15 Event Registration, coffee and networking
10.15-11.45 Welcome, Plenary session and Q&A

- Outline of the day and Social Investment Explained: Nick Temple, SEUK
- Introduction to the BIG Potential Programme: Hannah Williams, Social Investment Business
- Social Investment an investees story: David Lett, New Meaning Ltd (Cambridge), Sarah Sharlott, Realise Futures
- Q & A session Questions to the panel: SEEE, SIB, CB/SEUK, New Meaning/Realise Futures

11.45-12.00 Refreshment Break
12.00-12.45 Choice of workshops [45 mins]:

- BIG Potential Diagnostic: Are you investment ready? Using the diagnostic tool Hannah Williams, Social Investment Business
- Loan Finance: Views from an investor and investee Peter Hughes, Charity Bank & Chris Walton and investee
- Crowd Funding: How to raise money; what makes a good campaign? Michael Norton, Buzz Bnk & John Evans, New Meaning Ltd (Cambridge) Harry Specters (Ipswich)

12.45-13.45 Lunch and networking
13.45-14.30 Choice of workshops [45 mins]: - BIG Potential Diagnostic: Are you investment ready? Using the diagnostic tool, Hannah Williams, Social Investment Business
- Loan Finance: Views from an investor and investee, Peter Hughes, Charity Bank & Investee
- Social impact: What investors look for in impact measurement?
- Nicky Stevenson, Third Sector Futures & Sarah Knights, Realise Futures

14.30-15.15 Open Q & A session with workshop leads 15.15-15.30 Event Close Round Up / What to do next with BIG Potential

Event delivered in partnership with Social Enterprise UK / Charity Bank and SEEE.

Event UK R&D: Building a strategic and sustainable vision for the future
Date Apr 29, 19:00-22:00
Location Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
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About the event

In the run up to the next General Election, The Research & Development Society is holding an event to look at national R&D strategy, the "infrastructure" required to support a world-class innovation ecosystem for the UK and the expectations for how this will accelerate exploitation and economic growth. The aim is to focus on some of the larger infrastructure activities that have been taking place such as the Catapult Centres as well as other centres such as Materials Innovation Factory at Liverpool University, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre. However the overall purpose of the event is broader in understanding UK R&D priorities around knowledge transfer, skills supply and competiveness, so we anticipate a wider discussion around effective and sustainable innovation.

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At the event will be a distinguished panel who will present their thoughts on key aspects of UK R&D infrastructure and then participate in a discussion, including questions from the floor on how we can better build a future vision for UK R&D including:

  • Will Hutton, political economist, writer and journalist; chair of the Big Innovation Centre; Principal of Hertford College, Oxford
  • Dr Hermann Hauser, KBE, CBE FRS FREng FInstP – Director, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Uday Phadke – CEO, Cartezia and AcceleratorIndia
  • Matt Reed - Senior Open Innovation Director, Unilever
  • Professor Keith Ridgway, FREng CBE - Executive Dean, University of Sheffield AMRC

Registration fees include refreshments during the event and drinks reception at 21:00. The full fee is £50, but there's a special offer "early bird" rate of £10 for the first 50 attendees who register before 14 April. The event is being organised by the Research and Development Society with the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Event SUMMIT 2015
Date Apr 29
Location London, UK
About the event

SUMMIT 2015 aspires to be nothing less than the annual gathering for growth. Think Davos for the disruptive. Bringing together the businesses and entrepreneurs with the potential to change the commercial fabric of the nation, it aims to tackle the attitudinal and structural barriers to growth with bold ideas and cutting-edge innovation. To set the agenda, SUMMIT will assemble a cast of speakers that includes the founders of Britain's most exciting growth companies and leading figures from public life.

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The speakers include Paul Lindley, founder of Ella's Kitchen; Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Chairman of Cobra Beer; Sarah Wood, co-founder and COO of Unruly; Frank Meehan, co-founder of SparkLabs Global and Smartup.io; and Dr Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy and Invoke Capital. SUMMIT is delivered by Seven Hills, hosted in partnership with Bloomberg Business and supported by Penguin, Mishcon de Reya and Grant Thornton. Find out more »

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