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The First Speed Mentoring Evening

Speed-Mentoring for Entrepreneurs - June 16th from 6pm to 10pm. Book your ticket via :

Early Bird: 25 pounds.
Ticket: 30 pounds.

Modelled on speed-dating, this event is designed to help you:

* [i]Get answers from experts (Google, Microsoft,
* Make new connections and exchange ideas
* Potentially identify a new mentor

Speed-mentoring is a new concept created by Jana Hlistova for The NextWomen, that focuses on quick hit information, to help address key issues and challenges for mentees in their business, supported by a highly experienced team of mentors.

How Does it Work?

Entrepreneurs have 4 minutes with each of the 15 Mentors, carefully selected by The NextWomen for their wealth of experience and expertise in web, finance, business development and entrepreneurship.

Mentees rotate from mentor-to-mentor who will be seated under one of the four entrepreneurship pillars:

* Passion
o New business concepts, product and service ideas

* Money
o Funding, angel investors vs private equity, cash-flow, exit strategies

* People
o Making connections, opening doors, hiring people, building partnerships and alliances

* Brains
o Planning, strategy, marketing, operations, infrastructure, outsource vs in-house

Who Should Attend?

Entrepreneurs who enjoy mixing in a fast-paced and fun environment, attended by highly qualified and experienced individuals who wish to support and share their experience with entrepreneurs.

Some of the Speed-Mentors:

Maya Moufarek is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual marketing professional with experience across EMEA and the US. She is currently working at Google in London focusing on marketing Google Apps for Consumer and Education. She also managed projects such as Google Chrome international launch and the global iGoogle artists campaign. Prior to that she kick started the EMEA emerging markets and the Moscow based marketing team. Prior to Google, Maya worked at Cisco Systems. Maya has a multicultural personal background and has lived in Russia, France, the Netherlands and the US before returning to London. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a prior degree in International Business.

Sophie Neary is a NextMentor. She spent sixteen years working in the internet industry, starting at Reuters where she launched their first ever web based news service. She then joined a small tech start up called JCP which was sold to Sun Microsystems for $30, and joined Sun’s VC team in a division of the Netscape/AOL suite of web based services. She then moved onto Wachovia Bank in 2002 as a Director in their International Division. In 2004, she decided to team back with John Paleomylites, founder of JCP, and became a founding director of the multi award winning (BTQ). She remains a major stakeholder, and is now CIO of Silk Route, whose e-commerce platform and supply chain software power the likes of Tesco’s Entertainment business. She is a member of the Inspirational Women’s Network, Adam Street and the YesAnd Club and is Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction.

William Robins is both a lawyer and an entrepreneur. As a lawyer he specialises in assisting growing businesses and providing high level commercial legal advice. Before joining Keystone he worked with top City firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner on large corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and venture capital fundraisings. He also has experience of listed company transactions having acted on a number of IPOs and AIM placings. As an entrepreneur he is a director of Keystone Law, which has refined and updated the conventional law firm model to provide a leaner and more personable service. Since William joined Keystone the firm has more than doubled in size and continues to grow at 40% per annum picking up clients from established companies to start ups, with a particular focus in the SME sector.

Bindi Karia, VC/Emerging Business lead for Microsoft UK and a NextMentor, has been involved with over 2,000 start-ups through Microsoft’s UK BizSpark program since November 2008. With a career encompassing many companies, she has enjoyed positions including Senior Business Analyst at Data Monitor; Management Consultant at Coopers and Lybrand (later PwC) and Associate Director in Interregnum, a UK-based Technology Merchant Bank. Karia joined Microsoft five years ago, originally as a Business Productivity Advisor, and is now a key player in the Local Software Economy and Emerging Business cross-company team for Microsoft. The Team originates from the Microsoft Silicon Valley Offices, and Bindi works closely with them to ensure that UK companies are getting support on the ground from this key location. Responsible for the strategy and delivery of Microsoft’s innovation initiatives, she works closely with entrepreneurs and investors alike, and leads BizSpark, BizSpark One and Venture Capital/Investor Relations for the UK Subsidiary.

Paul Grant, also a NextMentor, is an experienced entrepreneur who founded and ran a London-wide catering business for corporate and retail markets for seven years and knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the funding fence. As an entrepreneur he raised funds for his own business, securing capital from business angels, bankers, family and friends, and even a government grant. After seven years of trading he exited his business in 2003 and was invited to join a private equity company, Capital Partners, eventually heading up the business angel division. Here he had access to nearly 5,000 angel investors and reviewed more than 1,000 business plans every year. An associate director of BA Capital Ltd. and Bergstrom Capital, Paul is also the founder of The Funding Game workshop initiative, currently sponsored by HSBC and in partnership with the British Library, which aims to offer entrepreneurs a clear understanding of how to get their businesses funded.

Tom Harrow is co-founder of find a babysitter, a NextMentor, and is a new father and entrepreneur. Tom discovered his love of web technology in 1997 when he taught himself HTML and built his first website. Tom’s career began as a web developer and lead developer for top web companies and agencies in New Zealand and London. His career developed quickly into project and product management, delivering multi-million pound projects for companies including and Microsoft. Tom launched find a babysitter in 2006 with co founder Vanessa Cook. With Tom’s technical knowledge and expertise the FAB service has grown in to a powerful consumer platform, utilising the latest geo-tagging search technology to connect parents with childcare candidates.

Outline of Agenda:

* Registration & Networking: 6pm-6.30pm
* Welcome & Introductions: 6.30pm-7.00pm
* Speed-Mentoring rotation: 7.00pm-8.00pm
* Networking/Drinks: 8.00pm-8.20pm
* Speed-Mentoring rotation: 8.20pm-9.20pm
* Networking/Drinks & Closing: 9.20pm-10.00pm

Book your ticket via :

We are looking forward seeing you,

Simone Brummelhuis, Joana Picq, Jana Hlistova

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great way to get fast answers from experts in their field, from SEO to finance! Brilliant evening.

    June 18, 2010

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