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Key speakers, panelists and sponsors announced for the LEVELUP event, taking place on 21-22 April as part of Derry & Strabane Enterprise Week

Details of the key speakers, panelists and sponsors for the LEVELUP event that is being delivered by Startacus and taking place during Derry and Strabane Enterprise Week have just been announced!

levelup logo 2Following on from last year’s LineUP event and the subsequent impact which the pandemic has had on us all, the 2-day hybrid LEVELUP event will draw on and look at innovation and best practice locally and from around the world and focus on what we can do now - the changes that we can make and the opportunities that exist if we’re to thrive in our new economy - whether that is as individuals, organisations or regions.

LEVELUP will take place on 21st and 22nd April and will feature a series of inspirational sessions on 6 core themes with People and the Economy being the overarching theme throughout; Smart Cities, Places and Rural Innovation, Retail and High Street, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Health & Wellness,  Social Change and Diversity & Inclusion.

Key speakers and panelists confirmed so far include:

Izzy Obeng - Entrepreneur, business coach and professional speaker leading Foundervine

Ben Scott Robinson, Co-founder of Small Robot Company

Devika Wood, Leading UK entrepreneur and founder of I am Arla

Philip McLaughlin, Client Manager, ESRI Ireland

Levelup photo.jJohn Hoyle, Founder of Sook, a company that reactivates empty spaces

Liz Choonara, Head of Entrepreneurship at leading UK Charity CRISIS

Joe Richardson and Venetia Hulse from Corporate Innovation Consultancy L Marks

Christine White, Head of Business, Diversity Mark NI

The event will also feature the NI startup pitch competition, LEVELUP 2021 where up to 14 early-stage innovative digital / tech startups will compete for a £2k cash prize. Applications for this remain open until 10th April. The winner of the virtual pitch competition will be decided by a fantastic panel of judges which includes:

Dave Graham, Dell Technologies 

Naomi Timperley, Tech North Advocates

Audrey Osborne, Techstart VC

Beth Glenfield, Scout for Ada Ventures 

Shaun Sharkey, Equity Fundraising Manager, Crowdcube

Nico Albanese, Ascension Ventures 

EW2021_brand (1).Anne Lawlor, CEO of Journey Protector, the winner of “The 20” pitch competition at last year’s LineUP event will also be back to chat about the last 12 months and what she and her business have achieved.

LEVELUP will also feature an early-evening Speed Networking event on 21st April. The virtual event, taking place on Zoom, is being powered by NetMinds, and will provide opportunities for attendees to engage, build valuable connections, inspire others and be inspired. 

It will follow a similar format to the recent speed networking event which Startacus had facilitated for female founders as part of International Women’s Day. Further details and opportunities to book tickets for the speed networking event will be announced shortly.

In addition to Derry City and Strabane District Council as strategic partners, LEVELUP organisers and facilitators Startacus are delighted to announce that the Council will be joined as Major Sponsors of the event by North West Regional College and Ulster University. 

Allstate NI, ESRI Ireland, RAISE Ventures and RealTime Recruitment will also be sponsoring individual sessions over the course of the 2-day event.

Free tickets are now available to be booked for individual sessions or for all! 


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Published on: 7th April 2021

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