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MADE 2016 Entrepreneur Festival Fast Approaches

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MADE 2016

On Tuesday 8th of November 2016 Entrepreneurs from across the UK and beyond will gather at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield for the country’s leading entrepreneur festival; MADE 2016.  

In the past 6 years, this annual celebration of entrepreneurship has gone from strength to strength and has garnered so much international attention that in 2015 named it as one of the world’s top 10 conferences for entrepreneurs.  

Quite the accolade, but the team at MADE were not about to rest back on their laurels; with MADE 2016 right around the corner, we thought we’d take a final look at what delegates have to look forward to.  

If you haven’t booked yourself a ticket yet, now is probably the time.


MADE 2016

This year the crucial areas of finance, technology, creative thinking, leadership, and market development will form the backbone of the festival, with the usual mix of practical advice, expert insights, and inspirational speakers giving delegates a comprehensive and enjoyable experience.

This entrepreneur-centric format, which focusses on real businesses, their challenges and opportunities has become the Hallmark of MADE, drawing innovators and business leaders from across a broad range of industries.

The Speakers

As always, the team at MADE have assembled a great line-up of inspirational speakers for attendees to learn from and be motivated by including;

  • Penny Mallory – Event Host, Motivational Speaker and TV presenter

  • Hannah Cockroft- Paralympian

  • Mark Mullen – Atom Bank

  • Stuart Miller- ByBox

  • James Akrigg- Microsoft

  • Ian Livingstone CBE- Sumo Digital

  • Emma Jones- Enterprise Nation

  • Jimmy Cregan- Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

  • Steve Bartlett- Social Chain

  • Josh Littlejohn- Social Bite

  • Keith Morgan – British Business Bank

You can check out the full programme of the main event here which includes a very diverse range of talks covering topics including Future Business Technology, Growing Internationally, and Routes to business funding.

 MADE 2016

The Investors Den

This year MADE has included a significant investment opportunity.

All delegates were invited to launch their own crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder, with the 5 businesses raising the most money invited to present their ideas in a quick-fire pitching event to five high net-worth investors LIVE on stage.

The winners of the MADE Crowdfunder competition have been announced and will now battle it out for the attention of the investors for the chance to secure up to 6 figure’s investment for their business. 

The top startups from the competition were Sibling Distillery, Mute Collective, Too Good To Go,  Buckt- Bucket List Subscription Box, Cheesy FM


The investor’s they will be trying to impress are;

  • Martin Avison- Founder of Angel Groups

  • Jonathan Straight- Founder of Straight PLC

  • David Thornton- Angel Investor and Syndicate Leader, Co founder of Angel Groups Leeds

  • Shaz Sulaman- Angel Investor with vast experience in retail, finance, call centres

  • Howard Barton- Active Investor, with a broad portfolio of interests

Martin Avison, founder of Angel Groups said this about being involved in this year’s festival;

“I’m delighted to be supporting MADE16 and the businesses looking for angel investment and support.

“We see this as a superb opportunity to help ambitious, high-growth companies. Over the years we have seen some truly inspiring businesses come from the region and look forward to supporting this initiative.”

More detailed bios of the judging panel are available here

MADE 2016 

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, now is the time! Members of the Startacus Community can get a Standard ticket for just £30, rather than the standard £49!

Don’t worry if you are not yet a member of the Startacus community of startups and entrepreneurs- it’s free and gives you access to loads of deals and offers like this one!


If you are a member email us to and we can send you the voucher code you will need to claim your ticket discount!

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