Pitch Perfect, Tue 25th Sep 2018
(Beyond, 75 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF)
Series Q is back, pitches! Beat the post-Summer blues and join us for an exciting evening of everything pitch-related: presenting an idea, general public speaking know-hows, tales of horror and lessons learned, tailoring the message to your audience, fundraising (eek) and general 'become-better-at-communicating' insights.
Doing Good Business, Wed 30th May 2018
(Mindspace, 114 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PT )
At Mindspace Aldgate, we discussed how to balance business, the hard reality of cash, and the drive to do social good. We explored social entrepreneurship and discuss how your business can play a role in changing the world.
When we think about entrepreneurship, our minds often think about profit and IPOs. But many of the startups that have the most impact aren’t remotely interested in either.
Our panel included Jaime Noain Larrinaga and Luciana Carvalho Se.
From Idea To Success with James Eder, Wed 28th March 2018
(Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED)
In 2005, James Eder founded website Student Beans aged 22, alongside his brother Michael. 12 years later Student Beans has gone from an idea to a brand recognised globally for its student offers and discounts. Known today as The Beans Group, the business now also encompasses Voxburner, a youth events & insights consultancy. The company employs a team of over 50 people and continues to recruit and grow. James is also the founder of Kentish Cluster alongside Camden Cluster an initiative to bring local businesses and people together in London. James is a passionate helping people realise their potential and is a regular speaker at conferences, schools and universities on subjects including marketing, entrepreneurship and building a brand.
Building on his experiences, James’s latest venture Causr.co is all about connecting professionals on the go. Now live on both the Apple & Google Play store - being hailed as a game changer in social, an innovative way to connect with people and maximise opportunities that surround us every day.
Helping bring a different perspective James will leave you with some tangible ideas and examples of what you can do to make a difference and how a bit of innovation can go a long way. The session will include a story of the entrepreneurial journey so far as well as a number of exercises to really get you in action and thinking.
Drinks and food were kindly provided by our friends at the Institute of Directors.
CELEBRATING SUCCESS, Wed 29th Nov 2017
(WeWork Moorgate, 1 Fore St Ave, London EC2Y 9DT)
The Series Q community is amazing - that's all of you! We have founders, investors, wannabe entrepreneurs, people who play critical roles at startups, students, tech professionals and more!
We conducted a member survey and were blown away by some of the stories of entrepreneurship within this community we share, so we dedicated our final event in 2017 to 'Celebrating Success'.
Five entrepreneurs from the Series Q network shared their stories of entrepreneurial success, giving inspiration and advice to us all as we prepared for even more success in 2018. Thank you Laura Willoughby MBE, Tom Hewitson, Tuvia Borok, Michael Othen & Jennifer Yong!
Drinks were kindly provided by our friends at WeWork.
THE REALITY OF RAISING CASH, Wed 27th Sep 2017
(UBER, Aldgate Tower 2 Leman St E1 8FA)
We know it's hard. Whether we're raising money for a charitable organisation or raising our first round, LGBT+ entrepreneurs face the same hurdles as everyone else in raising the capital we need to build our businesses. Or do we?
In 2016, StartOut released startling research which shows that 37% of LGBT+ entrepreneurs are not out to their investors, yet 100% of investors think good personal rapport is important in considering whether they invest. So, aside from the usual imposter syndrome, bad pitch decks and fuzzy ideas about what it is our businesses are actually designed to do, are we having trouble being our best selves when we step in front of investors?
Drinks, food and venue were proudly provided by Uber.
CELEBRATING enTRUEpreneurs, Thur 6th July 2017
(Second Home Spitalfields, 68-80 Hanbury Street)
On Thursday 6 July, Series Q turned one. To celebrate, we hosted one epic party at the place where it all started, Second Home.
And epic it was - free-flowing drinks, all you can eat food and a keynote conversation with Antonia Belcher.
We also provided an update on where we saw Series Q could be going over the next year, and as always, our 'Connecting' segment of the evening will ensure everyone leaves the evening with new people they can add on LinkedIn.
OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Antonia Belcher
Antonia is a titan in the property industry, with 40+ years experience in construction and property, co-founding MHBC in early 2007. She transitioned in 2000 in an extremely male-dominated industry, where there were no visible role models to identify with. In addition to her business, she campaigns for LGBT+ and women’s rights in the construction industry.
She has been recognised three years running as one of the OUTstanding/Financial Times Top 100 LGBT+ Business Executives, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, recognising her commitment to creating a fair and inclusive workplace, and was in 2016 recognised as one of the City's most inspiring women in the City A.M. Power 100 Women List, being one of the 10 women listed in the property section.
Series Q: On the Importance of Being Honest, 17th May 2017
(Wayra, 20 Air Street, London)
At its core, Series Q is designed to demonstrate that success and authenticity are not mutually exclusive. Over its first year, we've introduced successful LGBT+ entrepreneurs from all walks of life who have built successful businesses while living openly and authentically.
In order to live openly and authentically, though, we have to challenge our own views of the world. How do we define the values by which we live? How do we become leaders who nurture talent and get the best out of people? Do we have our own unconscious biases that are holding us back from achieving greatness?
For "On the Importance of Being Honest", we sat down with two accomplished women who pushed us to confront our own limitations.
Sasha has a degree in psychology, is a qualified behavioural coach and studied counselling at the London School of Economics. Her company, Inclusive Group, are market leaders in the delivery and development of unconscious bias, diversity and inclusivity initiatives within the workplace. She is an international thought-leader on diversity and inclusion and her work helps individuals and organisations around the globe challenge the unconscious biases that so often prevent them from attracting and retaining great talent.
Hayley is an outcome-focused leadership and training consultant. Her company, What's Possible Group, is a transformation consultancy that specialises in the human side of business, enabling people to see, experience and do things in a different way. Working across industries, disciplines and continents, Hayley coaches organisations and individuals in heart-centred leadership and in finding the values by which we live, learn and lead.
This event wass generously and proudly supported by our friends at Wayra. Wayra UK is committed to the internationalisation and scalability of UK-based start-ups, including those founded by migrant entrepreneurs and by people from diverse backgrounds.