Business is GREAT: startup lessons on the brain train
Business doesn't stop at London. Our entrepreneurs come from all over England, and we're proud to support businesses rejuvenating regions of the country, whether they're creating pioneering new technologies or reconnecting with traditional industry. One key element of this, however, is staying connected to elsewhere in the country. Technology is a huge boon here, but there's no replacing face-to-face meeting. Which is where the #BrainTrain comes in.
As part of the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB 2016), a very special Virgin train set off from Liverpool Lime Street. Bringing together five top mentors - Clive Drinkwater (UKTI’s North-West director), Alexis Liming (Head of Operations and Performance), Scott Wilkinson, (Head of Brand, Acquisition an Digital at Virgin Media), Rob Spowart (Corporate Relationship Director at HSBC) and Wayne Hemingway (founder of Red or Dead and Hemingway Designs) - with several regional SMEs, it was a brilliant opportunity to reinforce the importance of mentoring and face-to-face connections. With an emphasis on exporting, it was also the perfect opportunity to learn more about how startups can start thinking globally, and about how it's easier than you think - especially if you're in the digital space and don't have to deal with the logistics of a product business.
Virgin StartUp-funded companies A Natural Undertaking, Paria, Train Like An Athlete and Zaazee all benefited from the unique mentoring sessions.We sat in on them too, and here are the key takeaways for startups at any stage!