• Virtual Coffee Morning 16: Diversity in Tech-Alternative Routes into the Sector

    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be discussing Diversity in Tech - Alternative Routes into the Sector In order to improve representation with the technology and digital sectors, we need to look outside of the traditional routes in. Innovation can come from anywhere, and those people with different/diverse life experiences can come up with new and creative ways of solving old and pre-existing problems. Their perspectives on things that most of us take for granted, or are comfortable to accept, might be different and so their solutions to the challenges solved by traditional and accepted technology might also be unique. Should we start to look outside of the computer science labs for the next generation of technology superstars? And how can we encourage people from non-tech backgrounds into the sector to explore their ideas. Speakers: Renee Jacobs - Founder of B in Bath & Project Manager at Actual Experience Glynn Blaize - MD & Founder of Northstar Innovation Group Tracey Bowen - Founder, Researcher & Artist

  • Pitch Me!

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    PitchMe! allows startup founders the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced 'pitch listeners' in front of an audience, to get feedback, advice and questions to help them to hone both their ideas and their pitches! Each session we have 3 founders pitching for up to 10 minutes each, followed by insight and advice from our panel of pitch listeners : the brilliant Richard Godfrey, of Rocketmakers fame, Charly Patrick , Entrepreneur Development Manager at NatWest, Richard Spilsbury, from Linkstone Advisory & pitch expert Martin Barnes from Mountains of Imagination. This week our founders are : Benjamin Draper and William Testeil from Family Wellbeing, the first interactive, fun and convenient mobile application specifically designed to help families improve their wellbeing together. Tariq Rashid from Digital Dynamics, which helps helps organisations meet growing demand from their customers, and regulators, that their use of AI is safe, fair and ethical. Kerry Sissins and Louise Bashall from Concussion IQ. Supporting Schools by taking the guesswork out of a safe return for students to sport following concussion. Tickets through this link :- https://hopin.to/events/techspark-pitch-me-cea68d98-c0b4-4bf3-a001-f8f9f9c5aa4c Timelines as follows : [masked]pm - Introductions & Pitching Session 1.45pm - Networking and Pitcher Meets This is part of a series of events, which we are developing throughout the year as part of the wider Investment Activator Programme (check out https://www.techspark.co/investmentactivator/ for details) , so if you have any feedback about what else would be useful, do let us know! If you’re unfamiliar with how Hopin works take the virtual tour here: https://www.loom.com/share/f4c080393c7d476f96c6bc5083592b32

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #15: How to raise your profile as an investable leader

    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be disc using how to raise your profile as an investable leader. Many businesses are closely associated with their founders and if you're trying to grow or raise investment how that founder is perceived can have a real impact. In this coffee morning, Alex will take founders through tips on how to raise their own profile through PR / marketing / social media specifically to drive interest in them. Our Speaker Alex Neale, (MD, Antidote Communications) has been working as a communications consultant for the technology industry for over a decade, spanning global brands like Huawei, LinkedIn and Oracle, all the way through to smaller disruptor brands in Silicon Valley and Silicon Roundabout. She has carved out a niche in helping tech brands break into new markets, whether that's a new geography, industry or customer demographic. In her role as MD at Antidote Communications, she and the teamwork closely with founders and CEOs to shape their reputation through marketing communications strategies to not only enable growth from within the business but to unlock the next (or first!) round of funding from dream investors.

  • Pitch Me!

    Online event

    PitchMe! allows startup founders the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced 'pitch listeners' in front of an audience, to get feedback, advice and questions to help them to hone both their ideas and their pitches! Each session we have 3 founders pitching for up to 10 minutes each, followed by insight and advice from our panel of pitch listeners : the brilliant Richard Godfrey, of Rocketmakers fame, Lisa Matthews, SETsquared's fabulous Business Incubation Manager & Richard Spilsbury, from Linkstone Advisory. This week our founders are : Shane Moore from VANHEROES , which helps retailers lower their last mile delivery costs & enhance customer experiences by utilising a network of on-demand courier professionals. Tom & Ben from 'Shortlist' (tbc) a new, bias-free method of searching and finding the best talent available for your business based not just on what someone's done, but what they have the potential to do. Liane Katz from MAMA.codes, leaders in Early Years coding education, who saw 81% growth when UK schools closed and they pivoted their kids’ code clubs online. MAMA.codes is disrupting coding education by teaching coding as a literacy, from age 3+ and is raising to build a learn at home app for global scale Timelines as follows : [masked]pm - Introductions & Pitching Session 1.45pm - Networking and Pitcher Meets This is part of a series of events, which we are developing throughout the year as part of the wider Investment Activator Programme (check out https://www.techspark.co/investmentactivator/ for details) , so if you have any feedback about what else would be useful, do let us know! If you’re unfamiliar with how Hopin works take the virtual tour here: https://www.loom.com/share/f4c080393c7d476f96c6bc5083592b32

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #13: How to get your company in the News

    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be joined by these PR, Marketing and Media experts for a panel session themed on writing a compelling press release and getting published. We'll discuss the logistics, writing to your audience and making sure the story has a compelling 'so what'. Each week as well as speakers we have networking!

  • Pitch Me!

    Online event

    PitchMe! allows startup founders the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of experienced 'pitch listeners' in front of an audience, to get feedback, advice and questions to help them to hone both their ideas and their pitches! We'll have 3 founders pitching for up to 10 minutes each, followed by insight and advice from our panel of pitch listeners : the brilliant Richard Godfrey, of Rocketmakers fame, Lisa Matthews, SETsquared's fabulous Business Incubation Manager & Richard Spilsbury, from Linkstone Advisory. This week our pitchers are :- Joyann Boyce, pitching AI software to identify bias in marketing content. The software will help companies to reach wider audiences and produce inclusive content. Damon Rand pitching CEPRO, who plan, construct and operate fully managed community microgrids that support maximised installations of onsite renewables in both the new build and retrofit housing market Dr Tomas Rawlings pitching Auroch Digital's Series A round; looking to raise capital to fund continued growth and the ongoing creation of new gaming IP with a focus on building up their data-intensive creative processes. https://hopin.to/events/techspark-pitch-me-aa8b4ea6-4ce0-4008-9cba-a80e972d2928 Timelines as follows : [masked]pm - Introductions & Pitching Session 1.45pm - Networking and Pitcher Meets If you’re unfamiliar with how Hopin works take the virtual tour here: https://www.loom.com/share/f4c080393c7d476f96c6bc5083592b32

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #12- Fintech with an Impact

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    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be joined by these Fintech experts: Georgia Stewart, CEO and Co-founder at Tumelo, which helps people see exactly which companies they own through their pension and personal investments and enables them to have a shareholder voice. Ingrid Anusic, Marketing Director at Moneyhub, whose mission is to improve financial wellbeing and stop money-related anxiety by enabling innovators and businesses from within as well as outside the financial sector to deliver the next generation of financial services. Charlie Richardson, Co-founder at Lumio, a Bristol-based Fintech startup that is helping people to make changes when it comes to financial products, creating a platform to help make switching services easier. Each week as well as speakers we have networking!

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #11- Start up Stories with Esoterix Systems

    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be joined by David Stewart, CEO at Esoterix Systems to talk about their journey (get it?) developing the software needed to run next-generation on-demand urban taxi-bus services. Esoterix is helping to provide consumers with highly accessible (through apps), convenient (near-door to near-door) and affordable (by sharing the vehicle) transport in cities. Each week as well as speakers we have networking!

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #9 Founder Journeys with Rich Keith

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    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning where each week we speak to entrepreneurs & experts about their journey! This week we'll be speaking with Rich Keith CEO of Fourth Floor Creative. They are a fast-growing specialist influencer marketing agency based in the heart of Bristol and with offices in Bordeaux, Toronto and Brighton. Rich has 20 years experience in media, the last six working with online content creators, he believes s that content marketing is the future of display advertising and that partnering with the right creators is the most powerful way to produce advertising that will connect and engage audiences. Fourth Floor works for creators, brands and audiences through amazing video content, high-quality merchandise and must-attend events. They are exclusive commercial partners for The Yogscast and manage their commercial operations. Each week as well as speakers we have networking! They'll be joining us on Thursday 14th May at 11am via Hopin – https://hopin.to/events/virtual-coffee-morning-9-founder-journeys-with-rich-keith If you’re unfamiliar with how Hopin works take the virtual tour here: https://www.loom.com/share/f4c080393c7d476f96c6bc5083592b32

  • Virtual Coffee Morning #8 - Mashup with Forum for Built Environment

    Join us at the TechSPARK virtual coffee morning! This week we'll be having a mashup with the Forum for the Built Environment, a network of professionals in the built environment & property industry. We'll have a panel of experts talking about the impact tech will have the sector from smart cities, building intelligence management and new ways of construction! Each week as well as speakers we have networking! They'll be joining us on Thursday 14th May at 11am via Hopin – https://hopin.to/events/virtual-coffee-morning-8-mashup-with-fff If you’re unfamiliar with how Hopin works take the virtual tour here: https://www.loom.com/share/f4c080393c7d476f96c6bc5083592b32