Born or Made: Can you learn how to be an entrepreneur?

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At 6pm on Tuesday 23rd February in the Western Lecture Theatre, Professor Nigel Lockett, of the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, will chair a panel discussion with four entrepreneurs to consider: “Born or Made: Can you learn how to be an entrepreneur?”

The panel members will share there own experiences and insights before taking questions from the audience. Guest speakers are:

Griselda Kumordzie Togobo
Founder of awovi and Owner of Forward Ladies, Griselda has helped many entrepreneurs to accelerate their business growth, transforming their lives and giving them a fresh perspective on life and business. She had the honour of also being nominated and shortlisted for the Precious Awards Best Mentor in 2012. Griselda is an Engineer and Chartered Accountant.

Sarah Allison
Sarah Allison is the founder and director of Social Yorkshire, a social media marketing company in Leeds. Operating as a social media trainer, consultant and strategist, she works with a wide range of organisations to help them gain confidence in using social media – to improve customer relationships and grow their brands online by engaging target audiences through social channels.

Matt Turner
Mr Turner runs tastecard, the diners’ club business that he launched in 2006 with his now his wife, Julia Turner and Jamie Milner. The stated aim of the business is to boost the UK’s restaurant trade while at the same time making eating out more affordable. Marketing itself as a ‘diners’ club’ – now the biggest of its kind in the UK and Ireland – the model works by charging people an annual fee to become a member in exchange for discounts on all food at participating restaurants.

Jonathan Straight
Director of Project Space Leeds – The Tetley (a new, contemporary art and learning complex housed in an iconic, art deco former brewery office in Leeds). Jonathan is also founder and director of Planet Straight – a vehicle for making investments, holding directorships and fulfilling consultancy roles. He is Director, Co-founder and Funder of The Street Lane Bakery – A social enterprise producing a range of baked goods sold in house and delivered to local retailers. Additionally he is entrepreneur in residence at Connect Gazelles – a not-for-profit organisation that helps and inspires ambitious entrepreneurs.

This event is free and open to all.