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Networking: How to affect change through entrepreneurship

  • Virgin Money Lounge 30-31 Haymarket London, SW1Y 4EX United Kingdom (map)

Future Leaders Network cordially invites you to a drinks and networking reception, kindly hosted by Virgin Money at their new Haymarket Lounge in Central London.

Our regular networking events are a great way to meet other members of the network in a relaxed and informal setting. We also hope that by coming along, you’ll learn a little something, to help you with your ultimate goal of attaining a position of leadership.

With that in mind, our theme for this month is “How to affect change through entrepreneurship”. We’ll hear from entrepreneurs who have started a business as a vehicle to affect change and find out how they went about it, the challenges they have faced along the way and what their plans for the future are.

Starting a business provides one of the few platforms from which you can affect change that has a relatively low barrier to entry; you don’t need a long career and to have gathered plenty of experience, you don’t need to win a mandate from the electorate and you don’t need to win the backing of others in order to pursue your goals. Entrepreneurship is about affecting change directly with your actions – the results are immediate and tangible.

So join us for this drinks reception to find out more from those that have recently done this, learn from their experience and work out whether starting a business to affect change is something for you.

Event Running Order

19:00 – 19:30 Networking

19:30 – 19:45 Cemal Ezel, Founder - Change Please

Cemal is the founder of Change Please and the co-founder of Old Spike Roastery. Both organisations have been set up to provide jobs and housing to exceptional people who happen to be homeless, through the medium of coffee. Change Please trains people who are homeless and trains them to be baristas, pays them the London Living wage, provides housing, a bank account, occupational therapy services and support into further employment.

19:45 - 20:00 Sudha Kheterpal, Founder - Shake Your Power

Sudha is a ground breaking Percussionist; the heartbeat of electronic band Faithless for 15 years, she has enjoyed huge global success. Sudha often wondered whether the energy produced whilst playing on some of the world’s biggest stages could be harnessed and used. This, alongside her belief that the energy of music could be used not just for enjoyment but for practical help and education, has led her to develop the world’s first clean energy-generating musical instrument, Spark. Spark is being delivered to off-grid areas in Africa & India and Sudha is dedicated to the mission of delivering clean energy to some of the 1.2 billion people living without electricity.

20:00 – 20:30 Q&A

20:30 – 21:00 Networking

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