2020 Innovation & Entrepreneurs Summit

Bringing together bright minds and bright ideas

20th March 2020 – Whitehaven Golf Club

9am Arrival and refreshments with networking opportunities

9.30 Welcome and introductions with an overview of the day

9.45 Key Note – Toby McCartney

(MacRebur, Toby & Kate NLP, Big Talks, TEDx speaker, winner of Virgin Voom 2016, IoD Director of the Year 2018)

10.15 Innovation & Entrepreneurs – The Journey

3 business leaders share their experience of innovation and starting up

  • Jo Corbishley - Jo Corbishley Leadership
  • Lee Grears - Responsive
  • Stuart MacLennan - Cows & Co

11.45 Break

11.30 Jamie Reed – Head of Corporate Affairs, Sellafield - A Cumbria wide perspective

  • How is the economic landscape changing in West Cumbria?
  • How can we prepare for changes and what are the local opportunities?
  • Cumbria-wide priorities and opportunities

12.00 Panel Q&A

An opportunity to put your questions to the panel

Toby McCartney, Jo Corbishley, Lee Grears, Stuart MacLennen & Jamie Reed

12.30 Miranda Kirschel MBE – Cumbria LEP

Innovation Research and Mapping in Cumbria

12.45 Lunch & Networking

1.45 Workshops 4 x 30mins (repeated)

  • The Entrepreneur Mind-Set – what is takes to succeed - Keith McMean, TEG Ltd
  • Building Resilience and Staying Motivated - Colette McQueen, Bespoke Minds
  • Finance, what’s out there? - Graham Latus, Enterprise Answers
  • Support for Innovation – Innovate UK/Game-changers, applying for funding - Frank Allison, FIS360

4pm Closing Speaker - Professor David Gibson OBE (Professor of Practice University of Cumbria) TBC


1:2:1 sessions bookable on the day with exhibitors or speakers from 4pm until late

Exhibition stands spaces are available for businesses supporting innovation and business growth. Please contact the event organiser for more information.


Who is eligible to attend?

Businesses to Business SME’s – less than 250 FTE employees, turnover less than 50m euros or balance sheet total less than 43m euros. This workshop is open to SME’s in Cumbria that meet ERDF eligibility criteria. Under ERDF rules, certain sectors are excluded. For more guidance please contact Sarah Allison, Project Manager – 01228 888723 or 07969 768919

For further information, contact:

Sarah Allison - Project Manager Cumbria Innovations Platform

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01228 888433 or 07969 768919