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Propercorn Co-Founder Ryan Kohn, Melanie Leach, CEO of Twofour Group and Eddie Obeng, Founder & Director of Pentacle (The Virtual Business School)
November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
About the Event
E2E are returning to London due to popular demand for another #ScaleUp2Success event on 20 November and we would be delighted if you would like to join us.
We have teamed up with IWG (Regus and Spaces), the UK’s largest serviced office provider with a network of 360 locations in every major town and city in the UK, to create the UK’s largest ecosystem of SME business leaders and entrepreneurs. We are hosting joint events with Spaces which are designed to inspire, teach and collaborate in city centres all across the UK.
What is #SCALEUP2SUCCESS?
Our #SCALEUP2SUCCESS events are a mixture of networking where you get the opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, followed by short syndicate sessions designed to give you some pointers on a number of different help topics including Digital Marketing and HR. This is followed by a panel of the UK’s leading scale up entrepreneurs and motivational speakers to inspire you!
How will you benefit from attending?
- You will have the opportunity to connect with our inspirational speakers and an entrepreneurial community of Founders, CEOs, Chairman and Investors from London and the surrounding areas.
- You will have exclusive access to E2E’s ecosystem of support by becoming an E2E member for FREE, meaning invitations to our exclusive events, access to our £50m financing facility for SMEs and many more corporate services at discounted rates.
- At the event you will find a delicious range of drinks + canapés. Our special guest, Eminent Wines, will also be presenting a selection of wines, champagne and spirits created bespoke for their clients.
Open address from:
The Mayor of London will be joining us on the evening and delivering an opening address.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London in May 2016, winning the largest personal mandate in the history of British politics. Previously he represented Tooting in Parliament, serving as a government minister for Transport from 2008-2010, and as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice from 2010 onwards. Before becoming an MP, Sadiq had a successful career as a partner in a law firm, specialising in human rights.
Following the referendum on EU membership, Sadiq launched the London Is Open campaign to send a message that despite the UK voting for Brexit London would remain the same open, cosmopolitan and diverse city it has always been. He has subsequently campaigned for a public vote on the final Brexit deal with the option to stay in the EU on the ballot. In recent months, he has launched the Greater London Investment Fund, City Hall’s biggest ever small business investment fund, with £100m of equity and loan finance available, and in September, announced plans for a new, fair-priced, green energy company, available exclusively to Londoners from this December.
He is implementing a bold programme of policies to tackle toxic air pollution and climate change which include the introduction of the world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone and declaring a climate emergency in London.
One of his core priorities as Mayor is to make London a fairer city promoting policies such as the Good Work Standard, the London Living Wage, and the ‘Our Time’ initiative to support more women into leadership positions in the capital.
During his successful 2016 Mayoral campaign, Sadiq pledged to be the most pro-business Mayor London has ever seen, and subsequently set up a Business Advisory Board, including E2E CEO Shalini Khemka, to strengthen London’s shield against the expected blows from Brexit and to seize the opportunities to show how London is open to jobs, growth, and investment.
Joining us on the panel…
Ryan Kohn – Co-Founder of Propercorn
Ryan is the co-founder of PROPERCORN, the UK’s number one premium popcorn company. In the space of just seven years, Ryan has taken PROPERCORN from kitchen table startup to kitchen cupboard staple.
Along with his business partner, Ryan now leads a team of 40 from their offices in London, selling more than 4 million packs of their popcorn per month. Prior to his time at PROPERCORN, serial entrepreneur, Ryan, founded his own environmentally-friendly property company. Aged just 25, he was recognised for his innovative development work, being awarded the best single unit award in the UK Property Awards.
Passionate about people as well as the planet, in 2009 Ryan launched the celebrated London For London campaign. The initiative, which worked to help eradicate the issue of violence amongst young people, received widespread support and endorsement from HRH Prince William.
In 2017, Ryan went on to launch an initiative called 10 For 10, working with actor and friend Riz Ahmed to raise money for Syrian Refugees. In two months, they raised over $215,000.
For the past 7 years, Ryan has brought not only extensive commercial understanding and resilience to the PROPERCORN table, but also a passion for conducting business in the right way. This year, PROPERCORN became a certified B Corp. Now an ambassador for the non-profit organisation, Ryan is a huge proponent and representative for their vision: using business as a force for good. On a mission to encourage both people and business’ to live more sustainably, Ryan also sits on the board of the Hubbub foundation.
Ryan has also made mentorship of others, both internally and externally, an enormous part of his working life. His passion for entrepreneurship has seen him involved in Tesco’s Back It initiative and Virgin Start-Ups while also giving advice to over 200 businesses in the last 5 years. Ryan has been rewarded for his efforts in both business and mentorship, receiving the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Melanie Leach – Joint CEO, South Shore
Melanie is the Joint CEO of South Shore, a new television production company co-founded with Andrew Mackenzie and launched in November 2019 with backing from ITV Studios.
Prior to launching South Shore, Melanie was the Chief Executive of the Twofour Group and managed a number of labels producing some of the world’s most popular scripted and unscripted television. She oversaw the sale of the group to LDC in 2013 and subsequently to ITV in 2015.
Under her leadership, Twofour was twice named Broadcast’s Indie of the Year with hits that included Educating Yorkshire, The Jump, Splash!, The Real Marigold Hotel, This Time Next Year and What Would Your Kid Do?
Melanie has served as the Advisory Chair for the Guardian Edinburgh International Festival and has been awarded the First Woman of Media by the Lloyds Bank Business Awards, celebrating female role models whose achievements are inspiring future generations.
The Lord Bird MBE
John, The Lord Bird MBE was born into poverty and brought up in care. His life journey has included spells as a prisoner, artist and printer. Now an activist, publisher and Crossbench member of the House of Lords, Lord Bird is the driving force behind The Big Issue Group, which includes the world’s most successful street magazine, The Big Issue and its social investment arm, Big Issue Invest. Lord Bird is a business leader with an outstanding record of using enterprise as a force for social change in dismantling the root causes of poverty; and in Parliament, he focuses on poverty prevention, literacy and protecting the rights of future generations.
Richard Morris, CEO – IWG UK
Richard is the CEO of IWG UK. He joined in 2014 following his role as CEO of G4S’s UK & Ireland Division. IWG UK is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions offering a fast growing global network of 3,000 locations in 120 countries. Since joining, Richard has consistently delivered year on year growth for Regus’ UK division.
Shalini Khemka – Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, E2E
Shalini founded E2Exchange (E2E) in 2011 with the mission to develop the largest & most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK to enable extraordinary entrepreneurship. E2E focuses on connecting Founders, champions entrepreneurship, creates communities and invests capital via their GBP50m facility to finance high growth companies. Coupled with this, E2E places leading Non-Exec Directors on the boards of scale-up companies and provides an ecosystem of support to Founders include a suite of world class services at entrepreneurially driven rates. It’s Board includes: Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Duncan Bannatyne OBE, Kanya King MBE, Hugh Chappell and Darryl Eales.
Prior to establishing E2E, Shalini was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyd’s Banking Group and historically, she ran the Group’s ‘plain vanilla’ International Trade Finance business. Shalini co-founded the world’s first online ‘bank to bank’ trade finance company. She was a Management Accountant at Deutsche Bank and worked in various finance related roles for Bankers Trust, NatWest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand.
Shalini is a Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of UK Export Finance (UKEF) and a Fellow of Burton & South Derbyshire College. Shalini is also a judge for the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards and The National Business Awards. Shalini is a Champion for Tech London Advocates, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs and an Ambassador for Recordsure. She was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), The Development Board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was a judge for IBM Smartcamp.
Russell Dalgleish, Founder & Managing Partner – Exolta Capital Partners
Russell Dalgleish is a Serial Scottish Entrepreneur and Investor, Strategist, Innovator and Business Coach. He has focused his energies on driving international growth for business in the SME sector. Since 1999, Russell has run successful companies in the technology, engineering, energy, electronics, entertainment and professional services sectors. He has experience starting, building, growing and exiting businesses in the UK and US.
His core areas of focus are: leadership, value creation and strategic thinking. Russell is a regular speaker at events on leadership in business and has spoken at conferences from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. Currently, he is the Founder & Managing Partner of the consultancy Exolta Capital Partners.
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Disclaimer: Please note that event timings and dates are subject to change. Our event is designed for founders of growing businesses and business leaders. We try where possible to keep exclusivity. Should E2E deem your position as not suitable for our event, one of our team will remove you from our attendee list and you will be notified. Overt selling will be frowned upon.