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Beyond Good Business 2017 on a mission to impress

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Beyond Good Business 2017

On 23 May, London’s Royal Institution of Science will be host to Beyond Good Business 2017: a day of panels, talks and workshops centred around the role of disruptive, mission-driven businesses and startups in instigating a change in the business world. This innovative ‘playground’ conference is designed to be as fun as it is enlightening, and will include:

  • Live pitching event / awards

  • Social innovation design challengesBeyond Good Business 2017

  • Serious play workshops

  • Talks, panels, and debates with over 30 speakers and more than 250 entrepreneurs

  • BGB Connectors, there to make introductions and improve networking

  • More. Much more.

Live Pitching

Social enterprises and mission-driven business aren’t just there to socialise - 20 such businesses will be given the opportunity to pitch their business, live, to an audience of 200 voters, including business experts and investors.

These pitches are a chance to secure both financial and non-financial support for their business, with prizes worth up to £10,000 sponsored in part by venture funds and like-minded, change-making businesses and enterprises.

Talks, Panels, and Workshops

Industry experts from mission-driven businesses, social enterprises, and more will give insight into, debate on, and walk attendees through a wide range of topics, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Will real philanthropy in business mean the end of charity

  • Aligning purpose and profit to be complementary

  • Benefits of startup–corporate relationships

  • Disruption as a business model

  • Scalability using social business models

  • The role and necessity of intermediaries.

Beyond Good Business 2017

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Mark Hall, Regional Manager, RSA

  • Thorsten Jahnke, CEO, Social Impact

  • Dirk Bischof, CEO, Hatch

  • Siddarth Bannerjee, Policy Analyst/Researcher, New Technology & Startups at Nesta and Simona Bielli, Research Programme Coordinator, Nesta

  • Lauren Allpress, Community Liaison, Airbnb

  • Jonathan Bannister, Founder, Make Happy

  • Karen Pepper, Head of Amazon External Payments UK / Founder, Cupcake Mum

  • Natalie Campbell, Founder, A Very Good Company.

Beyond Good Business 2017 will be hosted by our friends over at Hatch - London’s dedicated community enterprise incubator. Hatch plays a vital role in the early stages of mission-driven, social impact startups, and has pioneered programmes for women and ethnic minorities.


The diverse range of conference partners include LeeFest, Big Society Capital, the RSA, and the main sponsor, the Deutsche Bank social good enterprise programme Made for Good.

Beyond Good Business is a one day only conference that runs on Tuesday 23 May, from 8.30am to 5.30pm. At the time of writing, you can still buy general admission tickets and tickets for mission-driven businesses or social enterprises - you will have to show evidence that you are such a business or enterprise for these! Bear in mind that BGB is back for 2017 because of the success of last year’s Hatch conference, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets.

A massive high-5 to Hatch for playing the vital role in making BGB 2017 a reality! Why not drop them a tweet to wish them well too.

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Published on: 16th May 2017

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