The Fourth Sector is all about bringing passionate social entrepreneurs and talented professionals together to support and inspire each other to further their social impact. So, I’m thrilled to announce this year’s programme and speakers for the Start Up | Stay Up Social Enterprise Conference, 25-26 April 2015, London.
We have expanded the programme this year. The event offers a 1 or 2 day option.
Day 1, is the main conference, it will take you through everything you need to know in starting a social enterprise and how you will stay up/grow/scale a social business.
Day 2, is the workshop day. This will hone in on more specific subjects, include workshops A) how to bring an idea to ideation, B) how to write a success bid and C) how to prepare a successful crowdfunding campaign.
While, I will look forward to introducing you to our incredible line up of the speakers over the coming weeks; these are 5 reasons to attend;
1. Invest in yourself
Its about doing something for yourself that your future will thank you for. Many people are passionate about many things, they talk about wanting to make a difference, find work that matters to them, but still do nothing about it. They tell themselves the don’t have time for it, it is not the right time, they don’t know how to start or do it. Ask yourself, what is it worth to you to take 1 or even 2 days out of your lifetime to invest in news skills, knowledge, new contacts and your future?
2. Find your people
Being an entrepreneur is not easy, let alone being a social entrepreneur. Hence, it is key to find the people who accept you just as you are, and who wants the very best for you. These people, have been there and done it, they will make you feel understood, and they will encourage you to go after your goals and pursue your dreams. These are also people who will help you to get through difficult times, provide you with a sense of community and support while you pursue your social enterprise journey.
3. Learn and develop
Conferences, like this don’t come round every day, a lot of effort and time has gone into the programme and schedule to bring together these leading industry experts and award winning social enterprises. These people have all willingly given their valued time to pass on their practical advise, take questions, share their knowledge, experiences and connections to help get you started and equip you with confidence in taking the next step.
4. Break out of your comfort zone
There are those among us who are born networkers, for many of us live events, and other people, can be a challenge. But breaking out of our comfort zones is just the type of action we need to take to break out of old ways of thinking that have got us in a rut in our businesses. While you can read all the information in privacy, nothing will really substitude the human interaction you will get face to face. If you’re absolutely terrified of the idea of going to a conference, bring a wingman (or wingwoman) so you won’t feel completely on your own.
5. Do what matters
What matter is what you do, how you figure out what you do? Strangely enough you figure this out by doing, by going out there, meeting people, asking questions, listening to what they have to say, getting the experience, job and learning. figuring how business works, putting yourself out there so you are aware of the opportunities and maybe creating your own luck. Understanding that it’s all completely and entirely up to you – nobody else can do it for you and nobody is holding you back, either. So what are you waiting for?