Opportunity Knocks is a collaborative event that brings together the best entrepreneurial talent, leading business experts and the wider eco-system. After successful events across Scotland over the past two years, Opportunity Knocks is now set to tour the UK and Birmingham is it’s next stop!
The day will highlight key success stories of companies who have grown their business and know the challenges SMEs face providing insights on how to succeed.
Our Keynote Speakers
Dr Remo Gerber, CEO UK & Western Europe, Gett
Gett is the go-to app for instantly booking a licensed Black Cab in 52 cities and they have raised over $200 of funding.
Steffan Aquarone, CEO and founder, Droplet
Droplet is a mobile payments app that is free to use for both buyer and seller and allows people to collect & manage rewards and loyalty schemes from their phone. Droplet successfully raised over £500,000 through crowdfunding.
Delegates will also see a live pitching competition, hear from a panel of experts, book into speed mentoring and have the opportunity to attend a range of case study led educational seminars including Crowd funding, Pitching, and Growth Finance for early stage businesses.
This event will be of valuable experience to entrepreneurs, as they get the chance to learn from a wide range of experts and build a network that can help fuel their high-potential growth for years to come.
It will also be a great chance for individuals to meet with entrepreneurs and potentially create mentoring links with those who catch their eye. Entrepreneurs from a wide range of exciting businesses in many different industries can learn from those who have been successful in growing businesses – there is bound to be an opportunity to get involved with these start-up and high growth businesses.
In addition to learning from our keynote speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to quiz a panel influencers from the Birmingham Business Eco System on all things business including finance, leadership and building teams.
As part of the program, we also have an interactive pitching competition for 5 of Birmingham’s best entrepreneurs, with a chance to win ‘money can’t buy prizes’ donated by our corporate partners. The audience will become the judge for the day and decide their winner by text voting.
You will see the ecosystem in action in the exhibition and networking area over the breaks and lunch- you will have the opportunity to learn about the support available for start up and growing businesses as well as help entrepreneurs validate their products and services!
09:00 – Arrival. Breakfast & Networking
09:30 – Introduction & Welcome – Steven Craic, KPMG
09:40 – Scene setting: the Ecosystem – Andrew Mitchell, NatWest
09:55 – Steff Aquarone, Droplet
10:15 – Dr Remo Gerber, CEO UK & Western Europe, Gett
10:35 – Panel Q&A session – Steff Aquarone (Droplet), Dr Remo Gerber (Gett), Jean de Fougerolles (Ascension Ventures), and more to be announced closer to the event!
11:15 – Break – Networking & Exhibition.
11:45 – Live pitching CompetitionFive businesses will give their 3 minute pitch followed by Q &A from a panel of judges. The businesses are pitching for a money can’t buy package of support and you will have the power to vote for the winner!
12:35 – Lunch – Networking, Exhibition & Speed Mentoring
13:25 – Educational Seminars (2x 30 minute seminars) You will have the opportunity to attend two of the following seminars:
- Crowd funding
- Pitch perfect
- Raising finance for social enterprises
- Growth Finance for early stage businesses
14:35 – Results of pitching competition & Reflections
15:00 – Event close
If you are interested in this event, then please book your free tickets here.