Luke BurtonRegional businesses invited to ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’, ‘Speed Mentoring’ and ‘IP for Businesses’ sessions, plus many more

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, 17 – 23 November, the Business & IP Centre Newcastle is running a series of free events targeted at inventors, innovators, self-starters and business leaders.

This year’s theme is ‘Get Connected’ and the Business & IP Centre will be hosting a series of expert-led workshops and master-classes from its Newcastle Library base.

Proceedings will kick-off with ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ on Monday 17th November, from 6pm where an expert panel will participate in a live discussion from the British Library in London.

Organised by the Business & IP Centre National Network, in partnership with the British Library and Barclays, the event will be webcast live to six libraries across the country, including Newcastle City Library.

Speakers confirmed for the high-profile seminar include Sir Charles Dunstone, founder of TalkTalk and chairman of Carphone Warehouse; British designer Anya Hindmarsh; and Kanya King MBE, who established the MOBO awards. Joining them will be Tom Pellereau winner of The Apprentice (series 7) and founder of Stylfile and the Nipper Clipper. Together the panel will share their entrepreneurship stories and answer audience questions posed through Twitter.

Ahead of the webcast, local entrepreneurs Zoe Farrington and Andrew Richardson from REALRIDER® will tell attendees all about their own start-up success.

REALRIDER® is a smartphone app that automatically detects if a motorcycle rider has been involved in a crash by using motion sensors, which send an alert to the rider’s phone. If the alert isn’t cancelled, the app immediately contacts the ambulance service with the location and pre-programmed medical details of the rider.

Through its early stage development, Newcastle Science City provided business support to REALRIDER® while the Business & IP Centre offered guidance on access to finance, research and intellectual property.

Other events lined up for Global Entrepreneurship Week include:

  • Speed Mentoring: Make it, sell it! Five experts offer their hands-on advice covering marketing, product prototyping and intellectual property. Tuesday 18th November, 8.45-11.30am.
  • Lean start-up webinar. This event is broadcast live from the British Library on Tuesday 18th November, 11am-12noon.
  • Seven secrets of flying off the shelf. Packaging expert Tessa Stuart gives her advice on ‘packvertising’ in this live webcast. Tuesday 18th November, 3-4pm.
  • Intellectual property for businesses. Demystifying the world of IP and how to effectively protect your brand or product, the first event is being held on Tuesday 18th November from 5.30pm. The second is a webinar on Wednesday 19th November, 3-4pm.
  • Social media. On Thursday 20th November two expert sessions will be hosted on social media. The first, led by Dr Christopher Lang from Northumbria University, covers the negative implications and potential risks of social media. It will run from 9-10.30am in the Centre. From 3pm, a live webinar will then air on ‘social media for businesses’. This hour-long session will be led by Luke Burton, manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, and will examine how social media can be used to help grow your business and brand profile.
  • Building a tribe around your brand. Julie Hall founder of Women Unlimited gives a webinar on the tribe building secrets of businesses. Friday 21st November from 10am.

The Partnership delivering the Business & IP Centre Newcastle is made up of Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Science City, Northumbria University and the British Library, with support from the European Regional Development Fund.

For more details about ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ or any of the events taking place at the Business & IP Centre this Global Entrepreneurship Week, please visit