MADE 2016 attracts internationally recognised speaker line-up

MADE 2016 attracts internationally recognised speaker line-up

07 September 2016

Would you like to meet Ian Livingstone, one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry who launched some of the most iconic worldwide brands such as Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? You can do just that in one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial events hosted in the city of Sheffield.

Now in its 6th year, MADE 2016 - the not to be missed event - will include a full week of fringe events starting on Monday 7thNovember alongside a main conference (ticket required) to be held at The Sheffield Crucible Theatre on Tuesday, 8th November 2016. The conference will see industry experts, including Ian Livingstone, from around the globe speaking on subjects such as finance, technology, creative thinking, leadership and market development.

With top entrepreneurs from different sectors of business speaking at the main conference, you will learn all about their experience of selling internationally, how they challenged the most dominant players in the market and the various funding options available to small businesses. Speakers will include Ian Livingstone who was ranked the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy by Wired in 2012, Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation and one of the co-founders of StartUp Britain and James Akrigg, head of Technology for Partners Microsoft.

Other speakers at the conference range from Penny Mallory, the first woman in the world to compete in a World Car Rally, Jimmy Cregan owner of Jimmy's Iced Coffee (a successful start-up which now sells coffee in over 3000 stores across the UK including Tesco, Waitrose and BP), Steve Bartlett CEO of Social Chain (a social media start-up turned multi-million pound business) and Stuart Miller cofounder and CEO of Bybox (a Silicon Valley start-up which now turns over of $120 million).

Whether you are an early stage entrepreneur or an established business owner MADE 2016 is a fantastic opportunity to get inspiration and advice on various subjects, with plenty of opportunities to network.

The annual event, which brings together inventors, designers, manufacturers, business owners, with budding entrepreneurs will be moving to the Crucible Theatre this year. The layout of the theatre is ideal for an event like MADE, with no member being more than 20 metres from the speaker. This means that, although it seats 980 people, the audience will be in close proximity to the speakers on stage, offering increased engagement and an improved networking space to allow businesses to share ideas and make meaningful connections.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said: “We are really excited to welcome all these inspirational speakers, including one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry, to inspire our future entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as those who are entrepreneurial but working in existing businesses here in Sheffield.

"MADE festival is a significant event in the UK’s business calendar – and indeed the world, ranking in the top ten festivals for entrepreneurs. It is a great chance for budding entrepreneurs to hear from experts who can share their knowledge and experience. Hosting it at Sheffield’s Crucible means attendees will be closer than ever to these inspirational speakers to ask any questions they have and build their networks."

Ranked one of the Top 10 Best Worldwide conferences for Entrepreneurs by, MADE provides meaningful, practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.

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