Newcastle Startup Week


Alright ladies and gents, if you're at all interested in having your own start-up, becoming part of a team and building something awesome, then you need to be at Newcastle Startup Week. It's a huge, citywide festival of enterprise ad inspiration - with workshops, talks and networking events for people at any stage of their idea, across a wide range of industries and interest.

The crazy schedule is below, you can pick and choose what to attend (pretty difficult given how much is going on!) but as I am biased towards, em, myself, I suggest you make it to the DIGITAL ALLIANCE afterparty at Kommunity NCL on Tuesday 16th, as it is organised by myself and The Culture Vulture.

Buy your (extremely cheap) tickets here.

Monday 15th May = ‘Inspiration’

Sponsored by Sage and the North East LEP
1pm-6pm @ BOILER SHOP, Stephenson Quarter
– Brad Burton (UK’s No.1 Motivational Business Speaker & Bestselling Author)
– Jacqueline de Rojas (Managing Director, UK&I – Northern Europe, Sage)
– Chi Onwurah MP (Labour MP for Newcastle Central & Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy)
– Fireside Chat with Lyndsey BrittonLynsey Morrow & Gemma Sayers (Campus North & Tech For Life)
– Neil Stephenson (Entrepreneur, Investor & ex-CEO of Onyx Group)
– Jason Knights (Managing Director, Blue Kangaroo)
– Gilbert Corrales (CEO,
– Ami Davies (CEO, My Little Explorer)
– Paul Irwin & Nicky Kaur (Creator/Director & Executive Producer, TryLife)
– Zoe Farrington (Co-founder & CEO, RealRider)
8pm-11pm: Free film screening of ‘Joy‘ for 130 people at Tyneside Cinema sponsored by Muckle LLP
Introduced by Andrew Jamieson and Ami Davies (My Little Explorer)

Tuesday 16th May = ‘Getting Started’

Sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses & Blu Sky Tax
10am-2pm @ Newcastle City Library
– Business startup advice exhibition
– ‘What business support is out there?’ panel discussion with NBSLGeneratorSunderland Software CityTransmit StartupsPNE Enterprise and Bright Ideas Trust.
– ‘Getting Started Q&A’ with John Dudgeon / Dave Gibson (Co-Founders, Blu Sky Tax)
– An Introduction to Lean Startup Principles by Justin Souter (Souter Consulting)
– Pricing Strategy Masterclass by Oliver Ranson (Ranson Pricing)
– Pitches / Presentations from the IWCYC (If We Can You Can) finalists
2pm-5pm: Thinking Digital Startup Competition @ Campus North
7pm-12am: ‘Digital Alliance’ afterparty @ Kommunity hosted by The Culture Vulture
Featuring local art, fashion, spoken word/poetry, live music and delicious good vibes food by Mama Zen

Wednesday 17th May = ‘Funding & Finance’

Sponsored by GP Bullhound
1pm-6pm @ The Core, Newcastle Science Central
– Introduction & welcome to Newcastle Science Central from Nick Forbes (Labour Leader for Newcastle City Council)
– ‘What is the National Innovation Centre for Data?’ by Steve Caughey (MD, Arjuna Technologies & Technical Consultant, Cloud Innovation Centre, Newcastle University)
– ‘Sources of Finance’ by Dave Gibson (Co-Founder, Blu Sky Tax) + ‘The Funding Cocktail’ by Mark Gardner (Transmit Startups)
– Crowdfunding panel discussion ft. Adam Gillett (Senior Business Development Manager, Crowdcube), Chris Rea (Seedrs) + more hosted by Deborah McGargle (CLO, SeedLegals & EIR, Ignite Accelerator)
– ‘What are investors looking for?’ by Ian Richards (Director, Northstar Ventures)
– ‘Getting yourself ready for investment’ by Michaela Reaney (MD, Gradvert)
– VC panel discussion ft. Dr Michelle Cooper (Northstar Ventures), Jonathan Gold (Rivers Capital Partners), Colin Willis (Hotspur Capital Partners) & Adrian Hackett (Freeths) hosted by Chris Lowe (Global TMT Specialist)
– Investing in the North of England by Ed Prior (GP Bullhound)
8pm-12am: Afterparty / networking event at Motel One Newcastle, High Bridge Street
Sponsored by KPMG / Royal Bank of Scotland and hosted by Duke Ata – Luxury Bespoke Menswear

Thursday 18th May = ‘Growing & Scaling’

Sponsored by ZeroLight & Filament PR
1pm-6pm @ Live Theatre, Newcastle Quayside
– Jim Beirne (Chief Executive, Live Theatre)
– Skye Trubov (Business Psychologist)
– Anne-Marie Lacey (PR & Communications Director, Filament PR)
– Saul Gowens (Founder & CEO, Websand)
– Jayne Hart (Director & Owner, The HR Dept Newcastle)
– ‘Where’s the pain & how do I plan to avoid it?’ by John Dudgeon / Dave Gibson (Co-Founders, Blu Sky Tax)
– ‘How do entrepreneurs think?’ by Lucy Hatt (Programme Leader, Entrepreneurial Business Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University)
– John Marrin (Leadership Coach, Marwel & Co)
– Ryan Davies (MD, Gospelware)
– Pete Daykin (MD, Daykin & Storey)
– Chris Yiu (General Manager, Scotland & the North East, Uber)
– ‘Why ‘Freedom from Bosses Forever’ is best for business?’ (A lifetime’s learning for tomorrow from the Micro Business Champion and his fictional co-author) one-man show by Tony Robinson OBE

Friday 19th May = ‘Keep Going or Pivot?’

10.30am-2pm @ NatWest Entrepreneurial Spark, Trinity Gardens
– Entrepreneurial Spark startup trade show
– ‘How to keep going beyond the startup phase’ by Tina Boden (Co-Founder, Enterprise Rockers)
– ‘Shall I keep going or pivot?’ by John Leighton (MD, iResources &
– ‘What next for Newcastle & the North East?’ by Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Director, Newcastle City Futures)
– Closing remarks from Pat Ritchie (Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council)

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