13th October 2016 – Challenging times – full of opportunity for start-ups?

NEF LogoOn 13th October we host our first speaker event for the 2016/17 programme.

Our speaker event series invites established entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders for an open discussion with our audience.

For the first event of the programme we’re proud to welcome Oli Barret MBE in conversation with Brent Hoberman CBE & Siân Sutherland to discuss:


Challenging times – full of opportunity for start-ups?


Oli Barrett MBE, our facilitator for the evening, is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder of social innovation agency Cospa, helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference. Oli has led international trade missions to explore opportunities for British businesses and  is a regular speaker and MC at events globally.

Brent Hoberman CBE is the founder of lastminute.com and mydeco.com. He founded lastminute.com in 1998 and as CEO successfully floated and then sold the business to Sabre. He is a serial investor, enjoys international recognition and has been awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship.  Brent  is co-founder of Founders Forum, the successful private network for digital and technology entrepreneurs.

Siân Sutherland is a serial entrepreneur with a varied background in advertising, Michelin Star restaurants , film production and brand creation design agencies. Multi-award winner, including Female Marketer of the Year, CEW Achiever Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and British Inventor of the Year In 2005 she created Mama Mio, with her 3 partners, the first premium pregnancy skincare range and in 2014 launched Mio, again creating a new niche in a saturated market – delivering skin fitness to active women. She is often asked to speak about female empowerment, entrepreneurship and how to build positive, passionate, responsible brands people really connect to.



This event will be hosted at NEF HQ in Huckletree workspace, Moorgate.


Huckletree Event Space

For this event we are providing limited free tickets which are open to the public. Please check the eventbrite page here for availability.