London Enterprise Festival 8-19/3/15

London Enterprise FestivalFrom the 8-19th of March, London hosts its inaugural London Enterprise Festival (LEF), a unique speaker series that welcomes more than 50 influential CEOs and senior executives from EMEA, to share their vast knowledge on what it takes to start and grow successful companies in today’s business climate.

Over nine days, the LEF presents nine, individual industry keynotes, discussions, debates and workshops to connect and inspire an intimate audience of entrepreneurs and professionals with the know-how and networks they need to succeed in the industries they love, culminating in a forward-looking finale that brings everyone and everything together.

Weekday events run 18.30 – 21.45, on Sundays (8th and 15th), times change to 17:30 – 20:45.

Tickets are £20 per day in advance (Full price £52.00) and a ticket for any day also includes free access to the finale as well. LEF say that all profits will be reinvested in local enterprise initiatives to create a resounding social impact and boost entrepreneurship among Londoners.

London Enterprise Festival Schedule

Sunday 8th March 2015 | Communications

Graham Goodkind, Chairman & Founder, Frank PR

Nicola Green, Director of Communications & Reputation, O2

Andrew McGuinness, CEO, Freuds

Jim Hawker, CEO, Threepipe

Richard Sunderland, Chairman & Founder, Heavenly

Moderated by Arun Sudhaman, Holmes Report


Monday 9th March 2015 | Education & Learning

Brett Wigdortz OBE, CEO, Teach First

Yonatan Raz-Fridman, CEO, Kano

Jan Reichelt, President & Founder, Mendeley

Tom Hooper, CEO, Third Space Learning

Moderated by Stephen Rosenthal, Google UK


Tuesday 10th March 2015 | Social Enterprise

John Bird MBE, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Big Issue

Nick Stanhope, CEO, Shift

Zoe Peden, Co-founder, Insane Logic

Francesca Findlater, CEO, Bounce Back

Emma Cerrone, Managing Director, Free:Formers

Moderated by Dan Matthews, Black Heart Media


Wednesday 11th March 2015 | Food & Beverage

Sahar Hashemi OBE, Entrepreneur & Author

Jon Wright, Co-founder, Innocent Drinks

Eric Partaker, Co-founder, Chilango

Philip Eeles, Co-founder, Honest Burgers

Moderated by Ian Wallis, Startups


Thursday 12th March 2015 | Financial Services

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship, RBS & Natwest

Thomas Davies, CIO, Seedrs

Rodney Schwartz, CEO, ClearlySo

Damian Kimmelman, CEO, DueDil

Anil Stocker, CEO, MarketInvoice

Moderated by James Hurley, The Times


Sunday 15th March 2015 | Health & Wellbeing

Dr Ali Parsa, CEO, Babylon Health

Dr Vishal Gulati, Venture Partner, DFJ Esprit

Jonathan Burr, CEO, Intelesant

Kelly Limonte, Healthcare Industry Manager, Microsoft UK

Moderated by Richard Vize, Guardian Media


Monday 16th March 2015 | Design & Fashion

Will Hobhouse, Chairman, Heal’s

Peter Williams, Chairman, Jaeger

Marcus Fairs, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Dezeen

James Bilefield, Entrepreneur, Investor & Advisor

Moderated by Richard Alvin, Business Matters


Tuesday 17th March 2015 | Entertainment & Gaming

Ian Livingstone CBE, Author & Entrepreneur

Tim Arthur, CEO, Time Out Group

Paul Burger, former President, Sony EMEA

Jon “Webbo” Webster, Chief Executive, Music Manager’s Forum

Lee Schuneman, Head of Studio, Lift London


Wednesday 18th March 2015 | Marketplaces

Samir Desai, CEO, Funding Circle

Tom Allason, CEO Shutl / Head of Local, eBay

Nicole Vanderbilt, VP International, Etsy

Kjetil Olsen, VP International, Elance-Odesk

Marion Gamel, VP EMEA, Eventbrite/center>


Thursday 19th March 2015 | Finale – A look to the future

The ultimate festival wrap-up

18:30 Venue and bar opens

18:30 – 21:00 Partner-run clinics
Problem-solve working ideas with expert teams from General Assembly (Programming & Design), Microsoft Ventures (Business Development, Growth & Scale) and Capital Enterprise (Investment)

18:30 – 22:00 International food stalls open
Take your pick of several local food stalls, from gourmet burgers to spicy fajitas

19:45 – 20:45 Special panel presentation: “A look to the future”
Hosted by Russ Shaw, MD, Tech London Advocates, together with special guests, this session explores the disruptive role of technology across the industries

21:00 – 23:45 Live entertainment begins
Performances from local DJ’s and bands throughout the night

23:45 Event ends