From 5PM on Thursday November 13, Liverpool’s Constellations in the Baltic Triangle will play host to Liverpool’s first all-night working event, #LockIn, connecting the city’s established entrepreneurs with newer successful growing businesses.
Rachael O’Byrne, the even co-ordinator said:
“#LockIn will be an event that brings together established entrepreneurs in Liverpool from the creative, hospitality and marketing sectors with small and new businesses through workshops, Q&A panels, mentoring and networking.
“We want to support start-ups and new enterprises build their brand, get noticed and generate new business.”
The event will host a Dragons’ Den-style contest pitting the wits of the presenters of potential business ideas against a panel put together from Liverpool’s leading entrepreneurs and experts as the “Dragons”. The “Dragons” will include Paul Corcoran from Agent Marketing, James Noakes from Awesome Liverpool, Mark Hodgson from Another Level, Adam Hall from UnLtd and Erika Rushton from the Baltic Creative.
SMEs, sole traders, social enterprises and other assorted start-ups will pitch their ideas for up to £500 on the night to help take their business to the next level and help get their ideas off the ground.
Another important part of the event, will by an “entrepreneur story-time” giving a platform to established SMEs from across Liverpool, including Liverpool Girl Geeks, Homebaked, Parr Studios and Phom Tea.
“We know it can be tough for small businesses to get seed funding and mentoring opportunities that they need for them to grow and develop, so we wanted to bring those key things together on one night.”
Juxdit, the in-person crowdfunding company will host “Twilight crowdfunding”, where businesses can pitch to the an audience for up to £600.
Annie O’Toole, the founder of Juxdit added:
“Crowdfunding is breathing life into businesses of all sizes worldwide. Now, with events like the #LockIn, it’s not only creating, supporting and promoting businesses, it’s connecting them with the community that surrounds them.”
#LockIn is sponsored by Making Business Work and Plus Dane Group.
To book a free ticket for #LockIn and to find out how to apply for the Dragons’ Den and Crowdfunding go to thelockin.org
Words: Peter Cribley