This event happened on the 10th March 2017 at LCC.
Six entrepreneurs working in creative sectors came to talk about their experiences setting up and running new businesses. Sophie Rochester of the Literary Platform and Yodomo curated the event and moderated the panel discussions.
Divided into two sessions we asked first about STARTING UP
- What motivated them to start creative businesses?
- What was their original idea?
- How did they get up and running?
- What skills did they find they needed?
- Where did the funding come from?
Following that we then talked about MOVING ON
- How has their team grown?
- Who makes the decisions?
- What have they done to grow in terms of funding and how involved are investors?
- What have been the biggest challenges?
- Where next?
The discussion ranged around a variety of issues covering the pain and pleasure of running your own enterprise. They outlined the absurd meetings they have had to attend with investors; each had different approaches to social media; they reinforced how important networking in all sorts of different ways. We examined the level of involvement of investors and the importance of advice. There was also a consideration given to the level of experience they had before they went it alone as well as the particular issues women entrepreneurs can face.
However it was clear that while they all have faced challenges, they also enjoy the creativity of their businesses and particularly the fact they are working with great people.
The entrepreneurs were:
- Vince Medeiros from Huck and Little White Lies
- John Bond from WhiteFox publishing services
- Benji Lanyado from Picfair picture agency
- Hana Sutch from Furthermore digital product and service design and founder of Go Jauntly.
- Lorraine Dickey from 451Life.com
- Sophie Rochester from Yodomo