Summit set to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
PROFESSIONALS who have left corporate life will have the chance to pass on tips to rising stars of the technology world at a major event in Yorkshire.
The Next-Up conference, which is being held on November 20 at Northern Ballet’s conference venue in Leeds, will bring together a number of tech entrepreneurs, charities and headhunters who are looking for experienced professionals as advisers, consultants, trustees, non-executives and investors.
Victoria Tomlinson, inset, the chief executive of Next-Up, said: “We want to show how different generations can add value to each other and open up very different opportunities for ‘unretired’ people.
“Delegates will meet and hear from exciting businesses and charities, all looking for their advice, skills and experience, whilst also providing an easy way to get up to speed with the latest innovations in business.”
A spokesman said: “The day is interactive. Charities and entrepreneurs will put a challenge to conference delegates.
“The issues to be explored will range from adapting products to international markets, contingency planning for Brexit and the best way for a charity to develop its property.”
Ms Tomlinson added: “We have an amazing line-up of speakers – with the tech entrepreneurs talking about technologies from virtual reality and cyber security to data analytics and voice search.
“They will be looking at where the business opportunities are for the future – and their current business challenges.
“Charities have wide-ranging issues they would also like help with, from leadership development to working with local government.”
Sue Tyrer, a partner of executive search firm The Orcid Partnership, who will speak at the NextUp conference, said: “The non-executive directors who stand out are those who can add value in terms of changing markets, technology and spotting disruption and threats coming over the horizon.
“This conference is an easy way for non-executive directors and advisers to keep up to date and demonstrate that wider interest and conversation, when discussing non-executive roles with chair people.” Rich Wood, managing director of the fast-growing digital agency, Six and Flow from Manchester will talk about the future of conversational marketing, which is the art of “humanising” the sales and marketing process when people go online.
He believes this conference is a great opportunity for experienced directors and professionals, He said: “I have seen too many people with valuable experience and skills who are really keen to share their knowledge as a nonexec or adviser, but it just doesn’t happen.
“There is a lot of talent being wasted. I am hoping this conference will inspire delegates to take the leap into helping and joining businesses like ours.”
The confirmed speakers for the event include Simon Barratt, who will talk about virtual reality, and Zandra Moore, who will analyse data analytics.
Next-Up, which was launched in May, aims to help business leaders keep on working beyond the normal retirement age. It helps find organisations who would benefit from their expertise.
To find out more about the event visit, https://www.next-up.com/ events/the-next-up-conference or call Next-Up on 01423 562400.
We want to show how different generations can add value.