Free event for Hackney’s aspiring entrepreneurs


Hackney’s aspiring entrepreneurs will get the inspiration and advice they need to launch or grow a winning business thanks to a special all-day event from Hackney Council.

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Hackney Council has teamed-up with a host of businesses, from large internationals to small local firms, to launch the ‘How to become an entrepreneur’ event on 19 November.

Taking place across the three floors of Hackney’s newest business venue, BL-NK, 'How to become an entrepreneur' will provide free advice, support and industry tips for the borough’s aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to successfully launch and grow a business.

With established entrepreneurs, business support providers and industry expert’s at-hand, the event, from 9:30am till late in the evening, will guide attendees through a series of interactive seminars, workshops and one-to-one drop-in sessions that will provide essential skills and techniques while giving budding business leaders valuable networking opportunities.

On the ground floor attendees will be invited to a seminar delivered by conference makers Secret Sauce where the audience will hear short practical talks from business leaders such as Suzanne Noble from Frugl, Vincent Dignan from Magnific and Adil Mohammed from Teespring, covering topics such as ‘How to get PR for your small business’ and ‘How to build a great team’.

Meanwhile those wishing to discuss their ideas with peers in an informal setting will be able to use BL-NK’s first floor terrace space. Local street food providers such as Ebenezer Sogunro, graduade of the Urban MBA course at Bootstrap Enterprises with his new food start-up ‘Cally Munchy’, will be introducing their products to guests wanting a bite to eat.

During the day the top floor will host the Hackney Business Network Bootcamp with workshops from providers such as headline event partners KPMG, plus the Digital Business Academy, Hackney Cooperative Developments, Urban MBA and Natwest, covering subjects ranging from social media and female entrepreneurship success to social enterprises, finding the right idea, branding, marketing for growth and accounting.

Following a ‘power hour’ of networking with an introduction from Councillor Guy Nicholson, Hackney’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, the evening activity will start with a panel talk titled ‘Idea to Reality’ curated by Let’s Be Brief and featuring local entrepreneurs Dan Beaumont, co-founder of Voodoo Rays, Dalston Superstore and Dance Tunnel, Seetal Solanki, founder of Matter, Heather Falconer, editor of Spindle Magazine and Roxi Rustem, co-founder of East Wick Candles. The panellists will discuss how they took their business from an idea to making it happen.

The final part of the evening will see a ‘State of Independence’ market of independent products from local makers, a DJ set featuring Hackney producers from local collective CDR and a live music set co-produced by local new music platforms Acoustic Sundays and Jam Sandwich featuring local performers including Josh Tenor, 15-year-old soul singer and winner of Hackney's recent 'Alter Ego' and 'Gigs', London’s big annual busking competition.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council
Hackney is host to one of the most enterprising and dynamic business communities in the UK. But starting up your own business can often seem daunting. This event is designed to help make it easier for you to start up your own business.  

During a week that celebrates entrepreneurship the Council working with its partners, are hosting ‘How to become an entrepreneur’ at Hackney House BL-NK. If you want to start your own business or if you want some professional advice about growing your business, attend this free event on the 19 November.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Hackney Council
Bivek Sharma, Head of KPMG Small Business Accounting
There’s so many new wonderful business ideas out there. How to become an entrepreneur event focuses on making sure that people with great ideas can turn them into great businesses.  KPMG’s Small Business Accounting lets entrepreneurs focus on building their business – by taking away the headaches associated with the financial admin.  KPMG are proud to be supporting Hackney’s Business Network.
Bivek Sharma, Head of KPMG Small Business Accounting

Hackney’s ‘How to be an entrepreneur’ is an official Global Entrepreneur Week event.

Doors open at 9:00am with talks and workshops from 9.30am-5.30pm and a panel session at 7 – 8:30pm. Live music from 8:30pm onwards.

The event is free to attend on a first come first served basis with priority for Hackney residents or businesses.

For more information and to reserve and place or purchase a ticket, visit the website: www.investinhackney.org/events or call: 020 8356 8548.

BL-NK can be found at 25-27 Curtain road, EC2A 3LT