Opportunity Knocks for Birmingham entrepreneurs

Opportunity Knocks for Birmingham entrepreneurs

The leaders of some of the UK’s most successful start-ups are set to reveal the secrets of their success at a business event in Birmingham.

Opportunity Knocks, co-hosted by NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark, is aimed at people involved in or interested in supporting the Midland’s start-up, early stage and SME business sector.

Taking place at the Innovation Birmingham Campus on Friday, November 18 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the showcase will include speeches from Andy Street, Former MD of John Lewis and current West Midlands Mayor Candidate; David Maclean, CEO of Packt Publishing; and Jason Langford-Brown, MD of Lucid Ltd, as well as a host of other successful entrepreneurs who will all pass on their advice and offer insight into what they have learned whilst turning their concept into a reality.

Delegates will hear from inspirational speakers, see a live pitching competition, and will be able to attend a range of case study led seminars focusing on topics such as crowdfunding, pitching, intellectual property and growth finance.

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at NatWest said: "NatWest is delighted to be supporting Opportunity Knocks to showcase the entrepreneurial talent in Birmingham and the West Midlands. It's exciting to see pioneering events like this emerge when the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners come together."

Lucy-Rose Walker, CEO at Entrepreneurial Spark, said: "The UK start-up scene is booming and it’s exciting to see all the businesses growing in Entrepreneurial Spark, but funding is one of the biggest barriers to growth for the entrepreneurs we support. Opportunity Knocks will let businesses and the individuals interested in supporting them connect and learn how to work together. This event is part of a series we’re holding across the UK and we are pleased to be working with NatWest to help start-ups around the country to grow."