Plant-Based Business Bootcamp Talk, Panel & Workshop Information

We were excited to be joined by the below entrepreneurs, business owners + innovators. We carefully curated + hand selected inspiring business leaders in the UK to share their insight + experience.

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SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Daniel Priestley
Co-Founder & CEO of Dent Global
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Daniel Priestley started out as an entrepreneur at age 21 and built a multi-million dollar event, marketing and management business before the age of 25. With a passion for global small business, Daniel is the author of the four best-selling books Key Person of Influence, Entrepreneur Revolution, Oversubscribed and 24Assets.

Talk Title: Key Person Of Influence
Talk Topic: Branding

Entrepreneur and best selling author, Daniel Priestly built multi million pound businesses in Australia, UK and Singapore. In doing so discovered there are 5 strengths that top entrepreneurs possess.   In this talk Daniel will reveal a strategy for fast-tracking your way to the inner circle of the plant-based world.

Entrepreneur and best selling author, Daniel Priestly built multi million pound businesses in Australia, UK and Singapore. In doing so discovered there are 5 strengths that top entrepreneurs possess.

In this talk Daniel will reveal a strategy for fast-tracking your way to the inner circle of the plant-based world.

Lu Li
Founder & CEO of Blooming Founders
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Lu Li is the driving force behind Blooming Founders as an ecosystem to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed. In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.

Talk Title: Profits and Purpose
Talk Topic: Profits & Purpose

With nearly two-thirds of global consumers preferring to buy products and services from companies that stand for a purpose, it is not surprising that a lot of startups nowadays have a purpose-driven mission at their core. This is great news, but if you so passionate about the purpose of your startup that you forget about your profits, then chances are that you will go out of business sooner or later.  Hear from Lu Li, founder of Blooming Founders, on how she balances profits and purpose and learn about critical learnings she has had running London's largest network of female entrepreneurs.

With nearly two-thirds of global consumers preferring to buy products and services from companies that stand for a purpose, it is not surprising that a lot of startups nowadays have a purpose-driven mission at their core. This is great news, but if you so passionate about the purpose of your startup that you forget about your profits, then chances are that you will go out of business sooner or later.

Hear from Lu Li, founder of Blooming Founders, on how she balances profits and purpose and learn about critical learnings she has had running London's largest network of female entrepreneurs.

Julian Hearn
Founder and CMO of Huel
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Julian built his first company (Mash up Media) from scratch as the sole founder with £1,500 investment. Within three years Mash up Media was making over £2.5 million profit per year, and he successfully sold it to Internetbrands in 2011. Julian bootstrapped Huel to over £40m in revenue, and a valuation of £220m within four years of launch.

In Conversation
Talk Topic: Entrepreneurial Journey

Hear Julian’s story of the early days of Huel and how the beginning stages and decisions were pivotal in the success of Huel today.

Hear Julian’s story of the early days of Huel and how the beginning stages and decisions were pivotal in the success of Huel today.

Natalia Bojanic
Co-Founder of Form
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Natalia left the corporate world as a PR Director to follow her passion for human development and became an entrepreneur in the nutrition and mindfulness space. She is a qualified meditation teacher with wide-ranging experiences, from spending time in a monastery in Nepal to be trained by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute - a program born at Google & developed by leaders in Neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness.

Talk Title: Performance and Productivity Starts with a Present Mind
Talk Topic: Entrepreneurial Wellbeing

Worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share.  How can leaders increase engagement? We believe it all starts by being present with yourself and for others. Mindfulness is the school that teaches us how to train our attention, increase awareness and create a culture of collaboration.   In context, we are living in the age of digital dementia and distraction, so developing focus and concentration gives us a competitive advantage to deal with the pressures of everyday life, sharing practical tools to integrate mindfulness in the workspace and personal life.

Worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share.

How can leaders increase engagement? We believe it all starts by being present with yourself and for others. Mindfulness is the school that teaches us how to train our attention, increase awareness and create a culture of collaboration.


In context, we are living in the age of digital dementia and distraction, so developing focus and concentration gives us a competitive advantage to deal with the pressures of everyday life, sharing practical tools to integrate mindfulness in the workspace and personal life.

Derek Sarno
Director of Plant Based Innovation at Tesco & Co-Founder of Wicked Healthy
LinkedIn Profile

Since arriving in the UK in the Summer of 2017, Derek Sarno has been busy launching the brand he co-founded Wicked Kitchen into Tesco with huge success and developing Good Catch, a plant-based seafood alternative set to revolutionise the plant-based seafood sector. Prior to co-founding Wicked Healthy and partnering with Tesco, Derek served as the Senior Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market.

Talk Title: Brand Mission: Priorities and Purpose for High Impact and Longevity
Talk Topic: Building A Brand

There are lots of brands out there saying this and promising that. How do you communicate values in the face of adversity? How do you prioritise brand mission: What do you want people to know? What do you want people to do? How do you want people to feel?

There are lots of brands out there saying this and promising that. How do you communicate values in the face of adversity? How do you prioritise brand mission: What do you want people to know? What do you want people to do? How do you want people to feel?

Jonathan Petrides
Co-Founder of allplants
LinkedIn Profile

Since launching allplants in 2016 they have delivered 750,000+ meals to doorsteps nationwide and are a certified B-Corp that's raised $10M+ making them the highest funded vegan venture outside of the US with backers including Octopus Ventures and Felix Capital. After leaving McKinsey JP launched both Africa's first mobile bank that has over 30M daily users and Kenya's fastest growing retail healthcare chain with over 350 staff.

Talk Title: From Kitchen Table to Serving Millions
Talk Topic: Investment & Scaling

The hard yards of catapulting from idea into venture and beyond (and how to keep hold of the rocket ship!)

The hard yards of catapulting from idea into venture and beyond (and how to keep hold of the rocket ship!)

 

Ross Mackay
Co-Founder of DARING Foods
LinkedIn Profile

At just 28 years old, Ross has already built and exited two businesses. Now he is helping to redefine plant-based protein with his new startup DARING Foods. With bold ambitions this startup are targeting sales of £7 million this year, with aims to see its products available at 300 locations within the first quarter of this year and 1,000 locations by the end of 2019.

Talk Title: The Bottom Line Of Ethics
Talk Topic: Ethics, Purpose & Profitability

More and more consumers are buying why you do what, not what you do. I will be discussing how building a business around the ‘why’ can increase your profitability and how I’ve seen this through building DARING.

More and more consumers are buying why you do what, not what you do. I will be discussing how building a business around the ‘why’ can increase your profitability and how I’ve seen this through building DARING.


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PANELS INCLUDE

SO YOU WANT TO RAISE INVESTMENT. NOW WHAT?

Raising finance for a startup is one of the greatest challenges entrepreneurs face. In this panel we will go deep on the tricky world of startup fundraising. Attend to hear from entrepreneurs and investors sharing what it is that makes a successful fundraising strategy. Expect to come away armed with new knowledge to help you develop your fundraising strategy.

Ross Mackay
Co-Founder of DARING Foods
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Tara Waters
Partner & Co-CEO of Ashurst Digital Ventures
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Grace Regan
Founder of SpiceBox
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Jo Osborne
Founder & CEO of EVRELAB
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Cliff Johnson
Co-Founder of Johnson Resolutions & Finance Director at Growing Underground
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Marketing & comms: Building Brands That Cut Above The Noise

How does your brand cut above the noise? In this panel we will explore the power of telling meaningful brand stories that cut above the noise. Expect to learn how to harness the power of influencers, develop powerful brand assets and get your brand values across to your target audience.

In this discussion some of UK's top content creation and marketing experts will share their personal insights to help you build meaningful content.

Fab Giovanetti
Founder of Health Bloggers Community
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Adam Biddle
Founder of GH05T
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Natalie Scott
Director at Qoot & by CHLOE.
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Louisa Davidsson Nyberg
Head of Social at Vegan Nights
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Amanda Baker
Co-Founder of Flamingo Punk
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Joe Hill
Co-Founder of One Planet Pizza
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WORKSHOPS INCLUDE

Owning Your Finances & Avoiding Pitfalls
Facilitated By: Cliff Johnson, Co-Founder of Johnson Resolutions

Own your finances, don’t let your finances own you! This session aims to name and translate numbers into words as we go through issues facing plant based startups today. Don’t shy away from challenging your Accountant anymore as your business can’t afford for you to treat finances like a foreign language.

There Is A 99% Chance Your Mind Is Being Hacked
Facilitated By: Adam Biddle, Founder of GH05T

The truth about social media. How it really works and how you can use this information to benefit your business

Spark the Shift - A Wellness Workshop To Improve Your Health, Wellbeing & Life Satisfaction
Facilitated By: Serena Sabala, Founder of Whole Shift Wellness

At Whole Shift Wellness they specialise in bespoke programs for busy and time pressed CEOs and business owners. Based upon their 20+ years of combined experience and after working with hundreds of busy professionals, they’ve developed a proven methodology which allows you to get to your most fit, healthy and confident self within a year. In this one hour workshop they will share some effective tips and ideas which you can implement into your life right away to #sparktheshift to your greatest level of health, wellbeing and life satisfaction.

 
 
 

Rebel Marketing: No Budget, No Problem
Facilitated By: Loui Blake, Co-Founder of Erpingham House & Kalifornia Kitchen

Tips and tactics to reach your tribe with limited access to funds with Kalifornia Kitchen and Erpingham House founder Loui Blake. Learn digital and physical marketing strategy to do more with less.

The Entrepreneur Mindset: An Honest Conversation About Stress
Facilitated By: Simi Valecha Founder of SV Therapy

What is meant by the term Mindset and how do you harness the qualities required in order to secure maintain and enhance this?

We talk a lot about what it takes be a successful entrepreneur however, are you prepared mentally and emotionally for what is going to be an unknown road ahead that comes with many ups and downs? How to navigate the path less travelled and support yourself to keep going when obstacles abound.

Simi is an integrative trained arts psychotherapist with a wealth of experience helping people manage and overcome anxiety, stress and burnout – realities that are all too common in the startup world associated with being a founder and entrepreneur. Learn the potential impact of unmanaged stress and how this can affect your wellbeing, which could in turn compromise the success of your business. You will leave more empowered with a greater understanding of your mind & body along with strategies to support and manage healthy stress levels.

 

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