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Festival of Female Founders

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Festival of Female Founders

Monday 3rd July

Manchester Town Hall

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9:30AM - 10AM Registration and Welcome Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, co-founders of AllBright, introduce FoundHER Manchester
Speakers: Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones
10AM - 10:40AM Lightbulb Moments: Getting Started Annabelle Tugby, founder of Annabelle Tugby Architects, Kate Orr of Love Laura swimwear and Tarryn Gorre of Kafoodle speak with Anna Jones about moving from idea to execution, how they got started on their founder journeys and what they've learned along the way.
Speakers: Kate Orr, Annabelle Tugby and Tarryn Gorre
10.40AM - 11:20AM In conversation with Marilyn Stowe One of the country's most formidable divorce lawyers Marilyn Stowe speaks with Debbie Wosskow about founding Stowe Family Law in 1982, growing it into the largest family law firm in the UK and selling it for an eight figure sum earlier this year.
Speakers: Marilyn Stowe, Founder and Stowe Family Law
11:30AM - 12:30PM Getting Funded Paul Breen of Manchester Growth Company, Erica Ingham of MediaCom North and Cheryl Latham of Brighter World Energy, discuss the ins and outs of getting your business funded. How do you know where to start? Who do you approach? And how much should you ask for?
Speakers: Paul Breen, Erica Ingham and Cheryl Latham
12:30PM - 1:15PM Founder Stories: Starting a Business with a Mission. Renee Elliot, founder of health food chain, Planet Organic, delves into the story of her founder journey about having the courage and conviction to build on a new-to-market concept.
Speaker: Renee Elliott
1:15-2:15PM Lunch & Networking
2:15PM - 3PM Legal Essentials for Start Ups This session features invaluable advice for entrepreneurs from our panel of legal experts, including Shoosmiths and Pannone Corporate. Covering IP, reputation protection, cyber security, employment and incentives, shareholder agreements and PE investment, our panel will also be available for a Q&A session to answer your personal legal questions.
Speaker: Amy Chandler, Karen Procter, Chloe Pugh, Laura Harper, Debbie Wosskow
3PM - 4PM Year One: What to Expect Laura Baines of JobSquad, Jane Hallam of Esteem and Debbie Edwards of FDisruptors, share experiences from the first year of their respective businesses. This session will include the highs and lows of getting started, getting funded and becoming profitable, as well as the common hurdles that come with growth and change and insights into which skills need to stay the course.
Speakers: Laura Baines, Jane Hallam and Debbie Edwards
BREAK 4 - 4:15pm
4:15PM - 5:15PM The Fundamentals of PR A panel of leading PR professionals and founders discuss best practice and techniques to develop your organisation's reputation, leverage social media, engage reporters and build your brand. Our panel will feature Sandy Lindsay, founder of Tangerine, Gem Griffiths, founder of The Crowd & I and Jo Leah, founder of Little Big Agency.
Speakers: Gem Griffiths, Sandy Lindsay and Jo Leah
5:15PM - 5:45PM Day One Wrap Up Debbie Wosskow OBE, Anna Jones and Lou Cordwell of AllBright will be joined by the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Joanne Roney, to discuss our latest research and what it tells us about female founders in the UK, and the North specifically, and how organisations can create a thriving ecosystem for female entrepreneurs.
Speakers: Lou Cordwell, Joanne Roney OBE, Anna Jones and Debbie Wosskow

Tuesday 4th July

Manchester Town Hall

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9:15AM - 9:45AM Registration and Welcome Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, co-founders of AllBright, are joined by Lou Cordwell to introduce the second day of FoundHER Manchester.
Speakers: Debbie Wosskow, Anna Jones and Lou Cordwell
9:45AM - 10:30AM Planning for Growth and Exit What is involved in selling your business? Experienced founders, including Rosie Moth of Telux HD and Gina Mula of Office Twelve, share their personal stories about exiting their companies and talk about what they learned along the way.
Speakers: Rosie Moth and Gina Mula
10:30AM - 11:15AM Why Manchester? Lou Cordwell talks with a panel of fellow Northern female founders, including Emma Cheshire of DotForge and Futurelabs, Kate Goodman of Reserve Wines, and James Bedford of TechNorth, about the benefits of starting and growing a business in Manchester / the North.
Speakers: Lou Cordwell, James Bedford, Kate Goodman and Emma Cheshire
BREAK 11:15 - 11.30am
11:30AM - 12PM In converstation with Carolyn Pearson Award-winning entrepreneur, Carolyn Pearson, shares her personal story as well as her thoughts on the challenges she continues to face and top tip shortcuts for startups.
Speaker: Carolyn Pearson
12PM - 1PM Planning for Pitfalls Our panel for this session includes Rachel Haugh, co-founder of award winning SimpsonHaugh architects and Lisa Helen, Founder of Sweet Mandarin. We'll be talking about the kind of bumps in the road to expect along the way as well as words of wisdom and strategies for staying alive!
Speaker: Rachel Haugh, Lisa Helen
Lunch and Networking 1 - 2PM
2PM - 2:45PM Founder Stories: Funding and Beyond A unique opportunity to hear from Jennie Johnson, founder of Kids Allowed, and to hear her personal story of raising funding and managing the challenges of an expanding business.
Speaker: Jennie Johnson
2:45PM - 3:30PM Creating your Personal Brand In this session we are joined by Emer Coleman, newly adopted Mancunian (!), Digital Entrepreneur and founder of Transport API (amongst other ventures), who will share recommendations for successfully developing your personal brand.
Speaker: Emer Coleman
BREAK 3.30 - 3:45pm
3:45PM - 4:30PM Future Female Founders In this session we are joined by some of the UK's youngest female entrepreneurs, including 16 year old Beau Jessup, Anastasia Kenton and members of the FDisruptors team, to talk about their achievements to date and what's in store for them next.
Speaker: Beau Jessup, Anastasia Kenyon
4:30PM - 5PM Networking/ Closing Session