5th October 2017 – From Startup to Scale: Lessons in Entrepreneurship

Developing the entrepreneurial leaders of the future (1)


The Best Entrepreneurs never stop learning


Join The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) on October 5th (6.30 – 8.30pm) for the official launch of our 2017/18 Speaker Series – expertly curated events designed to connect you to some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs.

Grab your ticket and join us in London’s most exciting creative workspace, Huckletree Shoreditch, as we hear from Sahar Hashemi OBE, founder of Coffee Republic.

Sahar is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and a best-selling author. This is a rare opportunity to hear her share what she learned on her journey from startup founder to the figurehead of one of the UK’s most recognisable high street brands.

Taking the format of a panel discussion with Q&A, this is an invaluable chance for early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs to understand effective growth strategies and learn how best to manage the evolving challenge of running a business as it moves from agile start up to established company.

Sahar will be joined by the ‘most connected man in Britain’, and co-founder of StartUp Britain, Oli Barrett,  who will moderate the discussion and share his own valuable perspectives.

Limited tickets available to the public here


The NEF Speakers Series


Each year NEF selects up to 50 aspiring young entrepreneurs to participate in the UK’s leading entrepreneurship development programme. The 12- month NEF programme combines a paid placement in one of the UK’s most exciting high growth businesses with an intensive learning programme comprising workshops by leading academics and practitioners, coaching and mentoring. Many of the NEF graduates, or NEFers, then go on to launch their own businesses, making a real contribution to the UK economy and our shared entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Our 2017/18 programme kicks off in late September and our NEF Speaker Series runs in tandem, giving members of the public a chance to attend a high-quality event and connect with our community of donors, supporters, founders, and entrepreneurs, not to mention the incredible NEF Class of 2018

Expertly curated by the NEF team, the Speaker Series runs throughout the year and exists to expose the next generation British entrepreneurs to valuable real world lessons from those who have been there and done it

Will you join them?

Tickets are limited so RSVP now to book your place! 


More about our speakers


Andrew Lynch is cofounder and chief operating officer of Huckletree, a London based workplace accelerator focused on assisting early-stage technology start-ups in creative industries. He acts at mentor and advisor to founders across a wide range of sectors, helping them with fundraising strategy, finance and business development.

Prior to the launch of Huckletree, Andrew was a senior associate at global investment firm Cambridge Associates, where he advised some of the worlds largest pension and sovereign wealth funds on their private equity and venture capital investments. Previously, Andrew worked in the real estate acquisitions team at JP Morgan Asset Management in London, and in asset management at a private Dublin-based family office. He studied Construction Economics at Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University, and he completed his masters degree in Real Estate Investment at Cass Business School in 2012.

Sahar Hashemi OBE founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain, built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands. Today Coffee Republic has 110 bars, a turnover of £30m and is one of the main players in the coffee revolution that transformed the UK high street.

A serial entrepreneur, Sahar also founded Skinny Candy, a boutique confectionery brand.

In 2011 she was invited to join the Entrepreneurs’ Forum set up by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, in order to share her perspective and give advice to the government on enterprise policies.

Sahar is also the author of two books on entrepreneurship, Switched On and Anyone Can Do It, which reached number one in the Amazon Books business chart

In June 2012 Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK economy and to charity.

Oli Barrett MBE co-founded StartUp Britain, Tenner, social innovation agency Cospa and Speed network the Globe.

Oli is a regular MC and speaker at international events. He has led eleven trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities. Oli’s entrepreneurial career started as a student and has included an events business in nine cities, an international language practice website (sold in 2008) and a sock subscription website which continues to ship internationally.


More speakers will be added shortly