Our 3rd annual Incubator and Accelerator conference took place in mid-March and was a huge success despite being one of the last events before the COVID-19 crisis.
The conference was generously hosted by network member London South Bank University after precautionary measures enacted across NatWest meant that all events in March were cancelled. It is a testament to the strength of the network and the value members attach to the conference that only two attendees cancelled, both due to travel restrictions imposed by their universities.
The emerging crisis also saw one of our keynotes (Erik Boer) and four of our 15 panellists switch to video conferencing due to travel restrictions. We have built the network with video conferencing at its core, so this was not an issue for us. Lively panels and interactive sessions covered working with investors, building diverse cohorts, and learning from the international sphere.
Attendees described the event as ‘the only place that brings value, opportunity, insight and support together’, ‘a very valuable way to share ideas, resources and practical insights with some awesome people’ and ‘extremely beneficial and friendly environment to sound out issues and challenges and how you can solve them’.