Manchester Tech Forum Sees Top Business Leaders Share Insights And Tips With Budding Entrepreneurs

11 November 2016 - 11:17am

The University of Manchester and the Manchester Tech Trust, in association with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) recently hosted the latest chapter of the Manchester Tech Forum series.

The event featured a host of top business leaders and tech experts including Coca-Cola’s Anthony Newstead, Global Group Director for Emerging Technologies & Strategic Innovation; Dido Harding, the CEO of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC; former CEO of BT Openreach Liv Garfield, now the CEO of Severn Trent PLC; Elizabeth Clark CEO & Co Founder of Dream Agility; and Steve Flavell Co-CEO of LoopUp, which recently floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LOOP) and has been valued at £40m.

Delegates got to hear from each speaker who, through a series of entertaining and engaging presentations, highlighted many of the lessons they had learned building and running successful tech businesses.

This was followed by the speakers being joined by MTT founder and Chair Neil McArthur to take part in a lively panel Q&A, facilitated by Michael Taylor, former editor of Insider magazine and now an external affairs adviser at Manchester Metropolitan University

Peter Lusty, CEO of Manchester Tech Trust: “It was fantastic to get such a high-calibre group of tech business leaders to give up their time to come to Manchester to address students and entrepreneurs. The insights they shared were both inspirational and practical.

“This event is also another great example of how the Manchester Tech Trust, working with partners like the University of Manchester and SVC2UK, is bringing real-world and pragmatic business support to Manchester’s tech communities through a range of mentoring programmes, advice sessions, networking events and seminars.”

The all-day Tech Forum event was followed by a special reception dinner, hosted by University of Manchester Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell, in the stunning main hall of John Ryland’s Library.  Around 100 of Manchester’s leading tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers and academics were in attendance, and heard from Dame Nancy and Neil McArthur about how the University, Manchester Tech Trust and other partners were working closely with both the private and public sector in Manchester to promote its fantastic technology offer and potential.

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