NEW SUPERCHARGED SOFTWARE CITY IN GEC WEEK
A special edition of Software City International is being staged during the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) as part of the world’s first Festival of Entrepreneurship.
The City’s flagship event for showcasing technology and matchmaking ideas with investors is set to attract hundreds of delegates from across the region and around the world on March 14 at the ACC Liverpool.
Steve Smith the founder of Software City and Industry Director – Digital at Liverpool Vision said:
“We are delighted to have been asked to put together a ‘supercharged’ version of Software City to coincide with the GEC. Software City events now take place all over the world in places such as Helsinki, Palo Alto, Boston and London and provide a great opportunity for Merseyside talent to be showcased on an international platform.
“Liverpool Vision bringing the GEC here will put the city on a world stage and allow businesses an unprecedented opportunity to make powerful new connections.
“The atmosphere will be buzzing. Irrespective of their sector - anyone wanting to grow their business, discover new ways to access finance, learn how to become investment ready or simply wanting to come and meet people who have ‘been there and done it’ should attend.”
A packed half day programme consists of a dramatic series of ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitches, debate and dialogue followed by an after show networking party at the Pan Am Bar in the Albert Dock.
Sponsors include IBM, NWIX and Liverpool Vision. Speakers include Jan Gower, IBM’S Vice President, Public Sector, Health and Life Sciences, the BBC’s Simon Jack, and a surprise guest from the BBC Dragons’ Den series is expected.
Businesses wanting to apply to pitch should send a one page executive summary outlining their proposition, USP, management accounts, two year financial forecasts and company structure to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those selected will be invited to present to a panel of active high profile investors from around the world and will be able to access top quality advice and support on taking their business to the next level.
There is no cost to attend but businesses are advised to book now to be sure of a place. Visit www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/softwarecity to register
The GEC in Liverpool is the first time that this prestigious event has been held in Europe, having previously appeared in Kansas City, Dubai and Shanghai. It is being co-hosted by Liverpool Vision, the city’s economic development company and the US-based Kauffman Foundation which runs Global Entrepreneurship Week. The GEC’s main sponsors are Lloyds TSB and Intuit and is also supported by Dell Inc, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Community College, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Arup and Cosmopolitan Housing.
For further information on GEC 2012 and for the Festival of Entrepreneurship visit www.GEC2012.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world''s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM''s prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet.
Speaker Jan Gower is the leader of IBM’s Public Sector, Health and Life Sciences Industry across all IBM’s lines of business. Prior to taking on this role in January 2012, Jan has held a number of business leadership roles in IBM. She has twenty eight years experience working with public sector organisations, both leading large teams and providing strategic Board level advice. As a consultant, her work focused on transformation, particularly enabling change through the introduction of new major systems and ways of working. As part of her role, Jan has led IBM’s discussions with the Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office in 2010 and manages IBM’s relationship with the
Jan has a degree in Ergonomics from the University of Loughborough and is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough.
Software City is a programme designed to provide fundraising, networking, investment and training opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors in the digital and creative sectors.
It combines direct access to technology, finance and innovation regionally, nationally and internationally with business development, coaching and sales promotion. Software City delivers trade missions, major events and development activities for entrepreneurial businesses in the UK, Europe and USA.
Software City connects people to the leading investor organisations, influential business leaders within the Digital, Creative and Computer industries. The team can offer help to companies who are raising funds, acquiring management teams or simply exploring new markets.
Global Entrepreneurship Congress is the world’s largest gathering of start-up champions from around the world, taking place between 9 and 16 March 2012 in Liverpool.
The Congress will be a powerhouse of business brilliance where people, passion and potential will be celebrated, inspired and accelerated. It is a festival for entrepreneurs, a celebration of enterprise and an inspiration for those with the ‘can-do’ spirit to turn dreams into an ambitious reality.
The will inspire people, excite potential and celebrate passion with the aim of “unleashing the will to win”. It will be hosted by Liverpool Vision, Global Entrepreneurship Week and The Kauffman Foundation.
A world-class speaker line-up includes: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco; Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com; Lord Heseltine, founder of Haymarket Group; Doug Richard, founding Dragon; and Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct.
For more information on tickets, sponsorship opportunities and the Congress programme visit www.gec2012.com You can also follow GEC 2012 on Twitter @gec2012 and join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/gec2012