James Caan, Julie Meyer and Austin Healey at the Accelerate Forum

Event Info

Tue 27 Sep, 2011 from 8:30am - 5:30pm
Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Abermale St
London, W1S 4BS, UK (Map)
Cost: £80 inclusive


James Caan, Julie Meyer, Lloyd Dorfman, Tim Levene, Austin Healey, Martyn Dawes, Pete Boswell, Tim Leeson, Will King, Kevin Godlington, Lara Morgan and Duncan Cheatle



There’s a saying that “there is no better time to start a business than during a recession”- costs are lower and markets are crying out for innovation- fertile ground for entrepreneurs looking to grow their business. But with the political and economic will clearly backing entrepreneurs, we ask if Britain’s businesses are taking full advantage? Accelerate 2011 is about how entrepreneurs can capitalise on the current economic and technological landscapes to make their business smarter and more relevant for a globally competitive market.

Accelerate 2011 is about equipping you to grow your business, build your community and drive your revenues to the next level.

Agenda Overview

The day will be action packed with great content and networking opportunities, listed below are just some of the highlights and further information.

Keynote speakers

Panel debates

Entrepreneur pitches

Corporate exhibitors

Networking & lunch breaks

Better Business Workshop

Keynote speakers 

Click here for a full biography of our speakers

James Caan - CEO & Founder - Hamilton Bradshaw

Austin Healey - Former England International Rugby Player & Investor

Tim Levene - Managing Partner - Augmentum Capital

Martyn Dawes - Founder of Coffee Nation

Kevin Godlington - Former Soldier & Heropreneur

Lloyd Dorfman - Founder of Travelex

Will King - Founder of King of Shaves

Julie Meyer - Founder of Entrepreneur Country & Ariadne Capital

Panel debates

We will be welcoming serveral experts to discuss issues relating to investment strategy and making the most of technology.

Confirmed Panelists

The Birth of the Digital Office

  • [Chair]  Robert Gorby – AVG Technologies
  • Bradley Starr –  Bizantra
  • James Akrigg – Microsoft
  • Orange
  • IBM

Securing Funding: Making Sure Your Business is Correctly Placed for Investment

  • [Chair] Guy Rigby – Smith & Williamson
  • Rebecca McNeil – Barclays Business 
  • Graham  Stedman –  Nabarro
  • Karima Serageldin – Ariadne Capital

Entrepreneur pitches -

10 minutes in the hot seat, 5 minutes of Q&A - this is your chance to showcase your business to a room full of investors and delegates in our Dragons' Den style pitch session. This is where you can raise awareness, make connections and attract funding. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to fine-tune business ideas and make strategic connections.

A limited number of pitch spots are available. For more details, emailentrepreneurcountryatariadnecapital [dot] com.

Corporate exhibitors

Entrepreneur Country has a selected range of partner organisations which are committed to supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs. Our partners will be present on the day to explain the services they provide and how these can help make your business a success story. There are a small number of additional exhibitor stands available. 

Email entrepreneurcountryatariadnecapital [dot] com for more information on exhibitor stands.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please email bryan [dot] versteratariadnecapital [dot] com for details.

Networking & lunch breaks

The day has been organised to allow ample time to network, with a full attendee list included in the guidebook to facilitate this. A warm lunch will be served with other refreshments provided throughout the day.

For more information on this event please feel free to contact:

Tom Peterson
Marketing Manager
Entrepreneur Country
t: +44 (0)203 178 3629
e: tom [dot] petersonatariadnecapital [dot] com
w: http://www.entrepreneurcountry.com
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