The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017

13th November 2018


VentureDay 2013: The place to network and learn from experts

VentureDay 2013: The place to network and learn from experts

17 Apr 2013

vdAngus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat, the luxury chocolate manufacturer, and James Averdieck, founder of Gü, the dessert brand which has been credited with revolutionising the market, have been confirmed as speakers at this year’s Cranfield VentureDay Conference taking place at Cranfield University on 9 May 2013. 

Now in its six year, VentureDay has become a hugely popular networking event for entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors. Dr Stephanie Hussels from the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield who organises the conference commented: “Entrepreneurship is a key aspect of the modern economy and at Cranfield our aim is to equip people with the knowledge, confidence, and capabilities to start and grow their businesses. VentureDay brings together a network of successful and experienced business people to debate current issues facing owner-managers and to share their secrets of success. Our conference aims to help delegates expand their network, gain expertise, and learn from experts who have been there and done it.”

With the Bettany Centre celebrating 25 years of the Business Growth and Development Programme (BGP) this year, VentureDay draws upon BGP themes including; getting more out of your existing business and creative ways of selling a business. Debra Charles, BGP alumna and recent recipient of the Cranfield Entrepreneur Alumnus of the Year award will be talking about her journey in establishing the leading technology company Novacroft which designs and develops smart ticketing solutions for the transport industry.

BGP alumni Tristram Mayhew, chief gorilla of GoApe and Jon Thornes, founder of Cool Milk, will also be speaking at the conference along with some of the UK’s most renowned entrepreneurs to share their experience and expertise on entrepreneurship. The day will also include contributions from Antony Ross, partner and head of the social entrepreneurs fund at Bridges Ventures, Larry Sullivan, Chairman of Coins Global, Luke Lang, co- founder of Crowdcube and David Higgins, founder of Harvey Nash.

Malcolm Bell, the co-founder and CEO of Zaggora will be on a VentureDay panel focusing on ‘Strategies for going international’. He won the Ecommerce Strategy of the Year category at last year’s National Business Awards.  He commented: “It's always awesome to share experiences of E-commerce with bright young minds. There's so much to learn and whilst the best way is by doing it, the second best way is to listen to somehow who already has!”

As well as being an excellent networking opportunity, conference delegates also benefit from exposure to Cranfield’s latest pioneering research and insights on entrepreneurial issues. For more details about the day please visit  



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