Start-up Day

Start-up Day 2018
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Join us for a day of free talks, expert workshops and tailored advice designed to get your business idea off to a flying start

Do you have a business idea but aren’t really sure how to turn it into a reality? Join us for a packed day of business events and networking that will give you a head-start as you start up! Learn how to price your products and services, use social media for business, how to write a brilliant business plan and much more.

You’ll meet like-minded people, talk to seasoned business experts and find out how to unlock the value of the British Library’s £5 million pounds of business data to gain a competitive edge. What’s more, everything is free. 

One ticket gets you access to the whole day, however you can book separately to have an IP one-to-one, attend a speed mentoring session or go to an 'How to use the Business & IP Centre' workshop, as spaces for these are limited.

Can’t make it to London? Start-up Day 2018 is happening in Business & IP Centres across the country. Scroll to the bottom to find out what’s scheduled at your local Centre and get involved. You can also watch the Knowledge Centre talks from the comfort of your home, office or elsewhere with our live webcast, click here to sign up.

Talks at the Knowledge Centre and Business & IP Centre tours

How to understand the UK market right now

10.00 – 10.45, Knowledge Centre Theatre

How to make social media work for you 

10.50 – 11.35, Knowledge Centre Theatre

How to use the Business & IP Centre (plus tour)

10.00 - 11.00, Business & IP Centre

How to charge your worth

12.00 – 12.45, Knowledge Centre Theatre

How to use the Business & IP Centre (plus tour)

12.00 - 13.00, Business & IP Centre

How to pitch for success

12.50 – 13.35, Knowledge Centre Theatre

How to build an authentic business network 

13.40 – 14.25, Knowledge Centre Theatre

How to use the Business & IP Centre (plus tour)

14.00 – 15.00, Business & IP Centre

How to be an entrepreneur

15.00 – 15.45, Knowledge Centre Theatre

Start-up Stars: How I turned my business idea into a reality

15.50 – 16.50, Knowledge Centre Theatre

Speakers include:

Sam Colwill, Founder and Chairman of BathroomsByDesign
Precious Jason, Founder of Etieno
Amy Fleuriot, Co-founder of Hiro + Wolf and Artisans and Adventurers
Rebecca Slater, Founder of Shine Creative Solutions

‘Speed Mentoring’ sessions, Knowledge Centre Brontë Room

Experts from Santander, Mintel, Google, Intellectual Property Office, Companies House and many more will be on hand throughout the day to answer your burning business questions on the following topics:

Protecting your business idea 
Writing a successful business plan
Creating a marketing strategy 
What you need to know about standards and regulations 
Funding 101 
Getting your business online 
Managing money 

How to make an impact with your business image, Knowledge Centre Eliot Room

Get a professional headshot taken, find out how to build a brand that best represents your business image and learn how to take professional photos armed with just a smartphone. Available throughout the day.

Intellectual Property 1:1s with London IP, Business & IP Centre Blue Rooms 1 and 2

We are also offering you the opportunity to sign up for a free fifteen minute one-to-one with an IP lawyer to help ensure that you protect your business right from the start, and stay savvy when it comes to protecting your intellectual property. To book your slot, please click here.

Find out what's happening at your local Business & IP Centre below: 

Business & IP Centre Birmingham                             

Business & IP Centre Cambridge

Business & IP Centre Devon

Business & IP Centre Glasgow

Business & IP Centre Hull

Business & IP Centre Leeds

Business & IP Centre Liverpool

Business & IP Centre Manchester

Business & IP Centre Newcastle

Business & IP Centre Norfolk

Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

Business & IP Centre Nottingham

Business & IP Centre Sheffield


Name: Start-up Day
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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* Please note that there is a £1.50 transaction fee when tickets are posted, or for telephone sales when an e-ticket is requested.