Young entrepreneurs from Teesside will join forces with the region’s business community next month to celebrate enterprise at GENESIS 2015, the North-East’s first inclusive celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurship bringing together all five universities, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and the enterprise ecosystem.
Fronted by the presidents of each of the universities’ enterprise societies, GENESIS 2015 will showcase the home-grown entrepreneurial talent of the region, while offering student and graduate entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from the region’s start-up, professional, financial and business communities.
Amongst those spearheading the event is Edd Dutton, president of Northumbria University’s NUOVO; Laura Pritchard, president of University of Sunderland’s Enterprise Society; Abz Dawar, president of Entrepreneurs Durham at Durham University; Noah Knapton, president of Newcastle University’s Entrepreneurs Society; and Lizzie Dixon, enterprise coordinator at Teesside Launchpad.
Hosted at Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art during Global Entrepreneurship Week, on Wednesday November 18 from 9am to 4:30pm, GENESIS 2015 will coincide with the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s ‘If We Can, You Can’ Challenge final, also at the BALTIC, to champion enterprise, entrepreneurship and job creation.
With 700 delegates expected over the course of the day, the event will offer a series of workshops, one-on-one advice surgeries and networking opportunities as well as an Investors Panel.
Guest speakers offering guidance to entrepreneurs will include graduate success stories such as Brett Jacobson from Media Works; Tareq Nseir, founder of Think; and Tony Cleary from the Lanchester Group. The InCredAbles – what if? movement will be launched by Roy Sandbach from the North-East LEP; while Nevil Tynemouth from New Results Training will run the networking; and financial input will come from Andy Fishburn, head of investment at Virgin Start-up; Santander and the North East investment community.
First Face to Face’s managing director, Charlotte Windebank, who is supporting the organisation of the event, said: “Over the last three years graduate entrepreneurs have made a crucial contribution to the economy, creating 1,500 jobs, 450 businesses and £64m in turnover and it is vital that as a region we continue to encourage and nurture the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
“Since the launch of the ‘If We Can, You Can’ challenge, we have been overwhelmed by its success, so it seemed fitting to combine this year’s final with GENESIS 2015 to create a truly innovative event celebrating entrepreneurship powered by the North-East’s five universities.”
Sponsors of the event include Ebac, Tedco and Virgin Start-Up, Santander, Gateshead Council, NELEP, Tees Valley Unlimited, North East Finance, Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Giving Origin, O PR, First Face to Face Ltd and Gospelware.
Lizzie Dixon, enterprise coordinator at Teesside Launchpad, added: “Teesside University is delighted to be involved in such an exciting event as GENESIS 2015 which gives us the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in the other four North East universities.
“This is a fantastic platform for five graduate start-up businesses based at Teesside Launchpad to showcase their talent to the North-East business community.
“For our students it gives a unique opportunity to meet and be inspired by the region’s young entrepreneurs.”
- Pictured (above): Ben O’Donovan, vice-president of Entrepreneurs Durham at Durham University; Laura Pritchard, president of University of Sunderland’s Enterprise Society; Lizzie Dixon, enterprise coordinator at Teesside Launchpad; with Edd Dutton, president of Northumbria University’s NUOVO. Back left to right: First Face to Face’s Caroline Theobald and Noah Knapton, president of Newcastle University’s Entrepreneurs Society.