Centre of Entrepreneurs Launch
In a bustling restaurant on Bishopsgate, a room full of people involved with entrepreneurship gathered for the launch of a new a Think Tank.
“The Centre for Entrepreneurs promotes the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth and social well-being”. More can be found here.
The Chairman Luke Johnson swung up the stairs and spoke briefly of the need for entrepreneurs to be given a better status in society. The general trend is that more and more people are choosing to take the plunge and start their own businesses, and the CfE has been established to study, and give comment, for this group.
In fact, one guy I spoke with (Mark from the Enterprise Research Centre) did a piece of research that found 10% of 18-24 year olds are invovled with startups (compared with 5% a few years ago).
Within the room, there were people from all backgrounds, and in all industries. The main quality that bound them together, was quality.
Speaking with an entrepreneurial lawyer (oxymoron?) and a social media expert, we discussed how everyone present was an influencer. I was told that often these events are diluted by “fillers” but here, this was high-calibre. The organisers of NEF were present also, keeping tabs on the many connections they have maintained over the years.
For a few hours people mingled, exchanged cards, and discussed ideas. Some themes that emerged were libertarianism, business models, and how the CfE can be a force for good in the coming years.
As the room thinned out, it was time to make an exit and catch up with some of the other NEFers off Brick Lane.