MADE Festival Celebrates UK Entrepreneurial Spirit

A four-day “celebration of entrepreneurship” in Sheffield is offering small business owners the chance to meet and learn from top entrepreneurs.

The MADE festival, taking place across the city from 8-11 September, will be hosting workshops, conferences, debates and networking events – all with the aim of helping entrepreneurs develop their businesses.

Among the highlights will be a “digital bootcamp” hosted by School for Startups founder Doug Richard, the launch of a new National Enterprise Academy by Dragons’ Den investor Peter Jones and a dinner with small business minister Mark Prisk.

“There was a gap in the market for a festival to celebrate entrepreneurship, and there is nothing of the same kind anywhere else in the UK,”

said MADE festival chairman, Michael Hayman.

“Festival participants will have access to some highly successful entrepreneurs, and will have the chance to learn how to improve their businesses and get to know other business owners.”

“With the digital bootcamp on 10 and 11 September, for example, 300 entrepreneurs will arrive on the Friday morning with their laptops, and by the end of Saturday they will have completely boosted the online potential of their business.”

The festival will also include speakers from Google and Microsoft, and a one-woman performance of How to Make a Million Before Lunch by The Sunday Times enterprise editor, Rachel Bridge.

Most of the events will be free, but interested entrepreneurs should register for individual events on the MADE website. Doug Richard’s bootcamp will cost £375, although there are discounts available on the website.

MADE Festival Celebrates UK Entrepreneurial Spirit

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