Belfast Start Up Show
Date: 20 Nov 2019
Time: 2.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Ave, Belfast BT2 8HS
This free to attend, exhibition-style event will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ offering inspiration, information and guidance on everything you need to know to start, maintain and grow a successful business.
Speakers at the event include Entrepreneur, Best-selling Business Author and Internationally renowned speaker Lara Morgan as well as local entrepreneurial success stories BPerfect Cosmetics and Boojum (see speaker biographies below). The event will also include expert information zones and the opportunity for 1-to-1 conversations with people who can help you take your business or idea to the next level.
The Belfast Start Up Show will ensure that attendees leave with fresh perspectives, practical skills, and the knowledge and support they need to start or grow a successful business. This event is a must for pre-start, early-stage and growing businesses in Greater Belfast.
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Meet The Speakers
Lara Morgan: Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Business Author and International Speaker
One of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs; Lara started her first company, Pacific Direct Ltd (which manufactured and sold brand licensed toiletries and amenities to the hotel industry) at the age of 23. 17 years later, she sold her majority share (99%) for the sum of £20million. She now invests in companies to which she can add value (including Gate8, Scentered and Dryrobe) and was recently voted in the UK’s 10 Most Powerful Businesswomen by MSN Lifestyle. An internationally-renowned speaker and best-selling business author, Lara will chair The Start-Up Show and share her insights on Product Development, Relentless Marketing and Accelerated Business Growth.
David Maxwell: MD of Boojum
It is almost 25 years since David Maxwell first worked in a Belfast pub, however, it was whilst working in the restaurant industry in Arizona, that he first encountered Mexican food and culture and the idea of bringing this back to Ireland was born. He is now the MD of Mexican fast casual food brand Boojum which, under his leadership, has grown from five locations and 120 staff to what will be 18 locations with 500 staff. A recent finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, David will share his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons he has learned along the way.
Brendan McDowell: Founder of BPerfect Cosmetics
Almost seven years ago, Brendan McDowell set himself a goal of opening his own business, now he owns one of the biggest make-up brands in the world. He started the BPerfect empire selling from a stall in the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast. Since then he has created 20 unique beauty products and has been recognised on a global level. Already stocked widely in the UK and Ireland, BPerfect has upcoming launch events in Paris, Milan, Sydney, Amsterdam and Berlin as well as advanced plans to enter the Australian and USA markets. Reflecting on a journey that has included an appearance on Ireland’s Dragon’s Den (including two offers!) Brendan will offer lessons from a local entrepreneur.
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