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25th February 2017, 8:30am-5:30pm + afterparty

Over 200 Students, Graduates, and Entrepreneurial minds will gather together in Manchester on 25th February 2017 to network, learn and be inspired!

We want to awaken your entrepreneurial potential and welcome you to our annual WhatNext? Conference. This jam-packed day will allow you to hear from a range of leading entrepreneurs and visionaries. Alongside talks we'll also be holding a variety of workshops designed to stretch and challenge your thoughts and opinions. Previous workshops have been facilitated by Uber, Dotforge and Ignite. Expect another great selection of workshop leaders this year at WhatNext? 2017. Registration for the workshops will take place in the morning.

Included in each ticket is free breakfast and lunch, free nibbles and refreshments throughout the day, and free afterparty drinks at VIVA Manchester. This is Manchester Entrepreneur's flagship event of the year and we'd love for you to join us. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Hear from internationally renowned speakers

Previous events have brought us an array of inspiration speakers

Louis-James Davis, Emma Jones, Fraser Williams, River Tamoor Baig, James Akrigg, Martin Bryant, Keith Mabbutt, Peter Sage, Tom Cheesewright, John Bird, Steve Bartlett, Alex Depledge, Solly Sol, James Eder, Tony Anderson, Jonathan May, Jessica Huie, Neil Clough, George Burgess, Caleb Meakins, Piers Ridyard

Network with like-minded individuals

You never know who you might meet

We welcome individuals from all walks of life, from freshers to final year students, to graduates and professionals. Whether you're looking for a busines partner or just to hang out with people of similar interests, come along and say hi.

Pitch a business idea for the chance to win

£250 cash prize + ticket to Business Rocks 2017

To enter, please submit a 1 minute video of your pitch to us on twitter @m_entrepreneurs or send a Facebook message to us directly. Please make sure you state whether you are entering the Business or Digital category. You must have purchased a ticket to enter. Finalists will be invited to pitch to the audience. Elevator pitch (1min), no slides.

Speakers for WhatNext? 2017

Check back regularly, we'll be announcing new speakers every few days


John Warburton

WhatNext? Conference 2017 host

Before setting-up jwc, the multi award-winning PR company, John Warburton worked for news organisations including the BBC, The Sunday Times and The Sun. As a journalist he went on tour with the Happy Mondays, had his socks set on fire and got trapped on the roof of a bus. So he wrote a best-selling book about it. Working in broadcast he created TV and radio shows and these days he uses his unrivalled media knowledge to run jwc, a Manchester PR and digital communications company which specialises in media relations for B2B and B2C businesses across a number of sectors. For a hobby John performs stand-up comedy at theatres and comedy clubs – including the world famous Comedy Store - and counts many of today’s household names as friends.


Vikas Shah

Professor, strategist, philanthropist, consultant

Vikas is Managing Director and CEO of Swiscot Group, a leading textiles and commodities trading business with clients globally, he is also founder of the consulting group Thought Strategy and CEO of the film company, Fifty Three Degrees North.


Bruce Walker

We Are The Future founder

Bruce is a 22 year old entrepreneur and founder of We Are The Future. His organisation hosts entrepreneurship summits across the world to bring together business leaders, innovators and startups. In addition to being a passionate social entrepreneur he is also Chairman of The Entrepreneur's Foundation, Board Adviser at Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and Partner at FutureX.


Alessandro Palladini

Innovation Team Lead at MUSIC Group

Alessandro is a musician, sound engineer and team leader at The MUSIC Group innovation department. The MUSIC Group is one of the world's most innovative and largest holding companies for some of the finest brands in the audio industry. Their cutting edge technology products are found everywhere from professional recording studios to stadiums.

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Campus Capital

Workshop: Everything Venture Capital

Campus Capital is a Venture Capital fund that works in partnership UK’s leading universities. They provide an opportunity for students to part-run the fund and experience investing from a VC’s side of the table. Their workshop will be on everything Venture Capital for entrepreneurs and startups.

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Entrepreneurial Spark

Workshop: Pitching to Investors

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world's largest free six-month business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. Together with their partners like NatWest, RBS, KPMG Enterprise and Dell EMC, they offer specialist mentoring, investment opportunities and pitching training. Their workshop will be on how to effectively pitch your business idea to investors.

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Revolution Hive

Workshop: Finding your Compass

Revolution Hive is a personal development organisation primary focused on working with young people to drive social impact by helping them transform their lives through personal development. Their workshop will be on finding your life's mission, the importance of self-development and applying that to building your business.

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