Last week I attended a fantastic evening on social enterprise at the newly opened Hub Labs in Westminster. The Hub Labs are a fantastic shared office space for startups in London, particularly social enterprises. They are located on Haymarket, very close to Piccadilly Circus and McKinsey’s Jermyn Street offices.
The format of the event was fantastic and I really recommend anyone hosting a networking event to do the same: when we arrived, there were free drinks and people could mingle freely for a while. Then the presentations started. But there was no powerpoint, no long talks. Instead, the organisers had chosen 10 speakers to give a 5 minutes presentations each on what their organisation/startup does. This way, you hear from many interesting people, enough to know who you want to talk to afterwards and don’t get bored listening to a long presentation. There was no powerpoint. People just got up from their chair, talked and sat back down.
Notable speakers included
- Maria Irurita, Director of the MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmith College
- Jan Matern from the Emerge Venture Lab, an Oxford based incubator for Social Entrepreneurs
- Ross Baird, Executive Director at Village Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in social entrepreneurs using peer networks
- Servane Mouazan, founder of Ogunte and Global Tribal Network