You can never have enough festivals, right? Festival derives from the Latin word meaning ‘celebration’ after all. And celebrations are fun! Right?
This is certainly what the organisers of The School for Creative Startups are trying to convince people of, at their two day Startup Showcase in London next weekend. It will, in other words, be different from the generic suited and booted style of business meetups that many people will be used to.
There is plenty to do over the course of the two days, from shopping to attending workshops and talks. While these last two sound like something you’d get at any business conference, there are a few key differences. The greatest for us – and it is reflective of the School for Creative Startups’ style – is the price. Normally at Startacus, we look at ticket prices of £500 for a two day festival and shiver uncomfortably, averting our gaze before the price increases further. The Startup Showcase tickets though are, frankly, wonderfully cheap. The most you will pay at the door is £7, and £5 for concessions. Online they’re even cheaper.
As for the talks and workshops, they follow suit. Their goal is to be much more relaxed. The School’s Creative Director, Medeia Cohan spoke to Startacus a few months ago, explaining her passion to combine creativity with simplicity for understanding that mightn’t always be present at other entrepreneurial events.
The speakers themselves are an impressive cast from various areas of business. Michael Jacobsen, Ben Fletcher and Tarkan Ahmet are just some of those who will be in attendance. Bear in mind that these talks are all free to attend after you’ve purchased your ticket at the door; though you will have to book a seat, as they – understandably – will go quickly.
There is, finally, a pitching panel which has some genuinely big names behind the table. Doug Richard, Paula Reed, Sophie Cornish and Oliver Peyton – as industry experts – will be listening to ‘5 minute elevator pitches’ giving people the opportunity to receive feedback on their product and sales style, advice for the future and the (admittedly small) opportunity for investment.
Just to recap then; the two day festival happens on Saturday 23rd of March and Sunday 24th. The times and such are all on their website and, for the talks on offer at the price of entry, it is well worth anyone’s time.
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Written in invisible ink by Ethan Loughrey
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