Thriving as a Tech StartUp in an UpStart economy - Beating the economic blues

2009-01-28 18:00
2009-01-28 21:00

Happy new year to everyone. Given that this is the first event of the year, we thought of starting with a lighthearted subject at our new location, the offices of Horwath Clark Whitehill. Discussing how to survive, reposition and emerge as champions ready for exit when the economic turnaround takes place in 24 to 36 months from now.

It all started with sub-prime mortgages followed by prestigious banks going under worldwide resulting in low liquidity and economic contraction. Large companies are cutting down costs and headcounts with significant hits on R&D. In most cases all R&D spend has been frozen or cancelled. This is a great time for tech startups to innovate, prove concepts and be there strong when the economy recovers.

Whilst the last three years so the emergence of web 2.0 startups with no clear focus on revenue generation, the current economic climate is forcing these startups to think otherwise. The startups with the right strategy will emerge, grow and have the opportunity to acquire struggling startups.


18:00 Registration and networking
18:30 Introductions to 2009 and partners
19:00 Speeches
19:45 Break
20:00 Panel discussion
20:40 StartUp4Slaughter
21:00 Move to Revolution Parsonage Gardens


5 mins presentation by a tech startup (this time, TalentOnView) highlighting a specific problem it has. Through rapid Q&A, audience attempts to find answers within 10 mins. We are hoping this would become a regular event.

Talent on View is a user friendly web based video interview application that enables recruiters and clients to speed up the process of placing the right candidate in the right job with the right company.

Talent on View was developed to provide you, the recruiter, with a tool to give an enhanced, innovative service to your clients. The traditional communication between recruiter, candidate and client is vital but Talent on View enables you to add value and stand out from your competitors by sending a video clip of an interview alongside the CV of your candidates. Current recruitment processes are long and drawn out with time lost (and sometimes candidates) due to schedule conflicts, business needs and candidate availability. Talent on View lightens the load on clients and candidates as well as giving the client the opportunity to get a preview of the candidates. Talent on View saves your recruiters time, your client's time and ultimately increases your revenues as it enables recruiters to place people in shorter timescales and keeping them one step ahead of their competitors.


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Mike Butcher, Editor, TechCrunch UK and Ireland

Mike will address the changing economic landscape for tech startups in the UK and Europe. Having travelled extensively within Europe over the last six months, speaking to tech startups from many countries as well as regularly blogging about the market, Mike is in unique position to spot trends.

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Ed French, Venture Capitalist, Enterprise Ventures

Ed will address the changes in approach to funding in the post-credit crunch world for early stage technology companies, providing some specific pointers to changes to the approach to investors that the new climate.

James Brocket, Managing Partner, CalibreOne

James runs Calibre One, a leading specialist Executive Search boutique with offices in London and San Francisco. Calibre One works with many of the leading high-growth tech companies in Europe and the US. James will address some of the issues associated with recruiting and retaining talented Executives in these challenging times, and also with paving the way to being able to hire these people when the time is right to do so. Great companies are built in challenging times - and great people build great companies.

Dr. Zoe Lock, Technology Strategy Board

Zoe will provide an overview of the aims and priorities of the Technology Strategy Board in the area of Information and Communication Technology.

Neil Parkin, Sector Broker, Business Link North West

Neil will highlights the various funding and support initiatives available through North West Development Agency to help tech startups achieve their aspirations.


Pay by Paypal before the event:

1. Student £10.00 - must show valid Student Union Card and must not be employed
2. Tech StartUp £25.00 - must be listed here. If not contact Manoj today to have your company listed
3. All Others £35.00

VAT will be applied on top of above prices at prevailing rate.

Payment at door for all - £40.00 - buy now to avoid paying more at door

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Download Attendance List (as of end of 27th Jan 09):

Northern StartUp 2.0 Attendance List - 28th Jan 2009


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