MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, runs from September 19 to 22 and will bring together more than 3,000 British inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and UK policy-makers for a three-day masterclass on creating and building a fast-growth business.
The MADE Festival starts with an entrepreneurs’ summit at Chatsworth House, which will explore what entrepreneurs can do to help to tackle youth unemployment.
The second day of the Festival, dubbed MADE in Britain, combines a conference, exhibitions and fringe events focusing on building and growing a British business.
The third day, is supported by UKTI, is themed around “Going Global,” and is dedicated to expanding a business overseas and securing new international markets.
Headline sponsors for the Festival include bankers Coutts and Co, colleges network Gazelle, accountancy software company Intuit and Irwin Mitchell.
Speakers at the Festival will include entrepreneurs who have founded successful businesses, such as Lord Bilimoria, from Cobra Beer; Wayne Hemingway, founder of fashion chain Red or Dead; Will King, of King of Shaves, Priya Lakhani, of Indian sauces company Masala Masala, Paul Lindley of organic baby food company Ella’s Kitchen and James Lohan of boutique hotels group Mr and Mrs Smith.
Also speaking at the festival will be a number of business angels and funding specialists, including Luke Johnson of Risk Capital Partners and Julie Meyer of Ariadne Capital; Dragons’ Den panellists Peter Jones, Doug Richard and Richard Farleigh and politicians and public figures including Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Vince Cable, Lord Young of Graffham, David Blunkett and The Duke of Devonshire.