MADE 2016 will take place in a new venue, the famous Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield which will offer more room for audience interaction, as well as increased engagement opportunities and networking space.
This year’s festival will focus on finance, technology, creative thinking, leadership, and market development and provide meaningful, practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.
Speaking ahead of his talk at MADE 2016 Chairman of Sumo Digital, Ian Livingstone CBE, who was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK’s digital economy by Wired 100 2012, said
“When I started my first business, Games Workshop, in the 1970s there wasn't much incentive or backing to do so. I'm sure I would have benefited from an event like MADE which encourages and inspires young people to start their own business.”
Scottish entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, the founder of social enterprise Social Bite, will also take to the stage to discuss his chain of sandwich shops which donates all profits to charity and employs a dedicated workforce which is partially made up of staff from formerly homeless backgrounds.
Tom Charman, who heads up his business KOMPAS, attended the event last year. When asked how MADE had inspired him he said:
“Since attending MADE 2015, KOMPAS has grown significantly. We’ve seen a large pickup in the number of early adopters, and our total following sits at around 25,000. We were selected to represent the UK at the world finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Bangkok, pitching against 50 individuals from 50 other countries”
This year, the MADE 2016 will be entirely for the entrepreneur, focussing on real businesses, real challenges and offering solutions, motivation, and advice.
Just a few of the speakers already confirmed include;
Judith Hartley- British Business 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
Early-bird tickets are now available, so pop yourself over to the MADE website for more information on what will be going on!