Events

Everything we do is rooted in our community. That’s why we regularly host events to bring you together with fellow creatives and our wider supportive network. Think insight-packed talks by industry experts; convention-flouting workshops with cultural disruptors; peer group brainstorms in buzzing breakout rooms. So clear your calendar – our events diary will give you serious FOMO.

Everything we do is rooted in our community. That’s why we regularly host events to bring you together with fellow creatives and our wider supportive network. Think insight-packed talks by industry experts; convention-flouting workshops with cultural disruptors; peer group brainstorms in buzzing breakout rooms. So clear your calendar – our events diary will give you serious FOMO.

What happens when you mix a fashion designer with a futurist and a filmmaker? Who knows? And half the fun is finding out. Our ‘Connecting’ events are all about hooking you up with your peers for mutual mentoring, ideas-sparking and boundless creative potential.
You’re going solo — but you’re not alone. Meet successful creative entrepreneurs who are happy to share their stories and light your way with signposts and shortcuts. Note their mistakes to avoid your own, while discovering that ‘failing’ is really ‘learning’. And be inspired by their triumphant journeys.
Here’s where you learn to turn your creative vision into its full business potential, through special tools, techniques and tricks of the trade. These lively, interactive events have a strong hands-on element so you can immediately put your knowledge to practical use – to build and boost your business.

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How to sell artists work

Zoom

Marine Tanguy managed her first gallery at age 21 and opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23. After seeing the restrictiveness of the traditional gallery model, Marine launched MTArt Agency in 2015. MTArt is the first talent agency for visual artists worldwide widely recognized as the go-to agency for what’s new and up and coming in the art world. Learn how she did it, in this week’s Zoom Dive.

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Members Social

Zoom

Join us for our next Members’ only event which will be all about meeting each other and socialising! Do grab a glass of your favourite refreshment and zoom in for an informal get-together, where we’ll get to meet everyone and compare notes on all things creative and entrepreneurial and just plain fun.Look forward to seeing you there! Register via email by clicking the button below.

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Building your first tech product, a beginners guide

Zoom

Founders without experience in technology are reliant on people with technical skills to create and grow their products. But why does it feel like that knowledge is locked away, kept for a small group that is in the know? In this session, we unpack the building blocks to designing your own tech product, even if you do not have any experience in tech! In this conversation with the founder of Techniclarity, Sophie Hebdidge we discover why she built a business that aims to empower others to build great tech products.

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Alternative models for funding your startup

Zoom

Dan Simmons believed that the old ways of gaining investment for your business are out of date which is why he launched Propelia the only accelerator in the UK designed around and dedicated to Founder Market Fit, as opposed to ‘product-market fit’ they enable new types of founders that are identified as “Propellers” rapidly get off the ground and build their business. In this 60-minute session, Dan will run through why he decided to launch a ‘record label for ideas’ and how he thinks we should be funding creative businesses.

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How coaching can help you discover your personal brand

Zoom

This week we meet Phil Askew, a practicing coach who helps solopreneurs, companies of one and start-ups get to the heart of their mission, value, and purpose all with the view that these pillars should shape and guide your personal brand: including how you lead, your tone of voice and your headshots. In this event, Phil will unpack how you can use some of these principles to build a strong and coherent brand that can support the promotion or marketing of your business.

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The art & science of shaping customer experience: Experiential Design debunked

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Experiential Design is essentially the art and science of shaping the customer experience. Every single customer touch point influences the way consumers feel about what you’re offering. Experiential design is the art and science of shaping these moments so that people walk away feeling good about your brand. In this session with designer Ioana Iliesiu, we demystify how to apply experiential thinking and design to your own product or services in order to boost engagement and sales.

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Bridging the Gap: The Fashion Minority Report

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Daniel Peters is a creative polymath, the founder of multiple creative businesses including the fashion minority report; a culture change-making agency that helps fashion brands to create inclusive workplaces for all, Power of Festival; a festival dedicated to celebrating the power of diverse voices and finally YSC or ‘your sample collective’  a premium British menswear brand. In this Zoom dive, we hear about how Daniel became a master multi-tasker,  and why diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all his businesses.

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How to become a thought leader

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The three key qualities of a thought leader include being able to cite expert insights from original research, having a strong personal brand or social influence, and most importantly a stance, or strong opinion on how your industry works or conducts itself. If you are innovating or disrupting within your industry you may well be a thought-leader. In this session from talent agent Deborah Rey-Burns, we uncover the specifics of thought leadership in the creative industries, and how to monetize your knowledge and spread key industry insights further than ever before.

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Getting your product in front of retailers

Zoom

In this event, we learn from expert buyer Nicole Higgins what it takes to have your product ready to sell to retailers. Across the 60-minute discussion, we will unpack how to create a dynamic selling strategy that will get your items on the shelves without damaging your production lines, brand, or cost. Nicole has worked as a buyer for over 18 years for retailers such as Primark, M&S, and Debenhams sourcing products globally and now helps emerging brands get in front of the biggest names in the business.

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Negotiations and contracts for creative start-ups

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Egbe is on a mission to disrupt the legal space and bring it into the 21st-century. She is a lawyer and the founder of Manton Legal, a legal consultancy that offers simplified, affordable legal guidance to entrepreneurs and SMEs. In this session, Egbe will help demystify basic contracts, nondisclosure agreements, and how to negotiate deals that work for your own business. This is a crucially important session for any entrepreneur who is starting to work with other businesses big or small to deliver projects, products, and services.

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How to run a social enterprise

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In the first of our Summer Series, we speak to the founder of social enterprise Art Clubbers Ajay Paibal. Ajay spotted a gap in the market for a business that could support young people from minority groups and disadvantaged social backgrounds in making a career in the creative industries. Since then, Ajay and his team have worked directly with policymakers and councils to produce programs that bring about real change to the lives of those that participate. In this session, we will hear more about the vision for Art Clubbers and the highs and lows of building this value-driven business.

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Making money out of funny, working with comedians and entertainers

Zoom

In this week’s Zoom Dive we talk to Clara Heimerdinger, founder of Nice and Spiky comedy, to demystify working in the entertainment industry. Clara is a live entertainment booker, promoter, and producer who cut her teeth working for the prestigious BBC for over 15 years whilst building ‘Nice n Spiky’ as a side hustle. Two years ago Clara decided to make her side hustle, her full-time job, and has since worked with some of the biggest names in the comedy industry from Jimmy Carr, to London Hughes.

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Carefully curated: How to run a boutique retail business

Zoom

Have you ever dreamed of opening your own shop? Full of carefully thought out pieces that you truly love? Well in this week’s Zoom Dive with Jo Johnson we will find out how she did exactly that, Jo took her love of fashion one step forward when she opened her business, FORM Se15 on Peckham’s most sensational street, Bellenden Road. Learn how you might approach curating your own shop in this 60-minute chat, hosted by Carolyn Dailey.

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Members Social

Zoom

Join us for our next Members’ only event 11 May, 17:00GMT which will be all about meeting each other and socialising! Do grab a glass of your favourite refreshment and zoom in for an informal get-together, where we’ll get to meet everyone and compare notes on all things creative and entrepreneurial and just plain fun.Look forward to seeing you there! Register via email by clicking the button below.

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Presenting yourself online

Zoom

This week we talk to Verity Babbs about how creative people across industries can improve their online presence. The session is perfect for anyone looking to amplify their creative work to get noticed by collectors, curators, and consumers alike. Sound up your street?

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So you want to start a co-working space?

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ARC Club is a co-working space designed by Hannah Philp and Caro Lundin two women who completely pivoted their careers in finance and design to create Arc Club: workplaces for the entire neighbourhood. How? By championing local talent and businesses, providing access to professional resources, and working with grassroots and community-led organisations. In this week’s event, we talk to founder Hannah Philp about her business journey and how she managed to secure investment for her business.

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The Founder Files | Kevin Osborne, Founder, MeWe360

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We talk to Kevin Osborne, Founder and CEO of MeWe360, a new type of business incubator and venture fund for the creative industries. MeWe360 works with untapped talent, especially from Black and Asian communities, who have traditionally found it difficult to access high-quality development and investment opportunities.  Join us for what will be a fascinating evening of insights covering diversity, equality, equity, and investment.

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How might we empower diversity in the tech sector?

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Mo Lishomwa is an award-winning, result-driven Senior Digital Business Leader with a passion for people & technology with extensive global experience, She is also a key member of the BIMA; The voice of the digital and tech communities. In this 60 minute session, Mo will discuss the results of their recent white paper on diversity in the tech industries whilst also sharing her own experiences working in the sector.

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Money Talks, financial planning and Accounting for Creative Start-Ups

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Practice was founded by Nick Maynard, a Chartered Accountant, and strategist who has worked in the creative industries for over a decade across retail, e-commerce, tech, and not-for-profit. He noticed a gap in the market for a radically new sort of support system for start-up founders in the creative industries. Recognizing the need for professional services to evolve and support the booming creative economy, in this session we will unpack how you can get behind the numbers to grow your business and meet your potential.

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Building a business that supports artists, makers, and your local community

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This week we talk to the founder of Blue Shop Cottage, a gallery space and so much more! its mantra? To ‘Help artists grow.’ Since opening Founder Ocki Magill has curated a number of highly successful exhibitions and shows, as well as having 19 artworks purchased by Soho House for their permanent collection.

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Inclusivity in design

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Inclusive design is a method that shifts our creative focus from product to process and one that embraces diversity from end-to-end. In this enlightening talk from designer Jessica Ryan-Ndegwa, we hear about how her personal journey has shaped how she approaches design, and how these processes are now informing other creatives and makers on a macro level.

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CE x The Stationers’ Company: Storytelling for creative and social entrepreneurs

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The Stationers’ Company is the birthplace of copyright and therefore the starting point of commercialising creativity in 1710.  It hosts our founder Carolyn Dailey on a panel of experts as they aim to answer the questions: What are creative startups and entrepreneurs? How do they innovate within the content and communications industries? What support is there for emerging creative and social enterprises?

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Standout PR on a shoestring budget

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Learn the secrets to doing your own PR, from creating your killer narrative and pitching to journalists, to becoming the industry expert. PR guru Jessica Barlow teaches you how to reap the rewards without spending thousands on freelancers and agencies.

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Go big or go home: how to scale your product

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So you have the idea, you’ve built and tested your product and you have your first customers. But now you want to scale up and get your vision into the hands of the masses. In this hour-long session, we’ll be speaking to Pip Brook, who has spent her career turning startups and challenger brands into major success stories through marketing strategies, including taking the Vita Coco coconut water from scrappy startup to the UK’s leading coconut water brand

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How to build an events production company

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As the founder of experience design studio Heaps + Stacks, Keziah Wildsmith masterminds installations, workshops and masterclasses for brands from Jo Malone to Facebook. She shares her experiences in this hour-long dive, from building her brand to using freelancers and learning the fine art of pitching.

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Founder Files: Mills Miller

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Mills Miller is the co-founder of digital design studio ustwo, creator of multi-award-winning videogame ‘Monument Valley’, and is also an investor in creative startups. He will be joining Creative Entrepreneurs founder Carolyn Dailey in-conversation to share how he grew ustwo from a passion project between two childhood friends into a global business. You’ll also have the chance to ask Mills your questions directly.

 

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Everything you need to know about sustainable fashion

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Do you want to work in sustainable fashion, or simply care about what you wear? Jodi Muter-Hamilton, founder of sustainability consultancy and editorial platform Black Neon Digital, explains the ins and outs of the business in this hour-long dive – from starting your own brand to raising consumer awareness.

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A DIY guide to personal branding and PR

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Lucy Werner, founder of creative agency The Wern and author of Hype Yourself, shares her startup-friendly tips on getting the word out fast, from PR hacks to ‘newsjacking’ and building hype on social media. For an even deeper dive, she is also the co-host of a Masterclass on the same subject.

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Members Monthly Social – December

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Get to know your fellow creatives at the first of our regular members’ networking sessions, hosted by team CE.

Taking place once a month, these sessions offer you an opportunity to share stories, find collaborators, seek advice and swap contacts with like-minded members of your new creative community.

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Founder Files with Nicolas Roope – Lessons from a life in design

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Nicolas Roope has been a pioneer of the design world for more than two decades. An original member of the game-changing Antirom digital art collective in 1994, he co-founded the influential Poke digital agency in 2001, and created the Lovie Awards to celebrate the best digital creative work in Europe. He also founded the Hulger product design company, best known for the Plumen sculptural lightbulb in 2011, which is now part of the permanent collection at MoMA and the V&A. In this members-only deep dive, Nicolas shares what he’s learned in a wide-ranging career with Creative Entrepreneurs founder Carolyn Dailey.

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An expert’s guide to finding your freelance mojo

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Albert Azis-Clauson, the CEO and co-founder of freelancer platform UnderPinned, shares his top tips for success in this free one-hour lesson – from how to create a virtual office to building your network and finding your dream role. A must for anyone navigating the tricky world of freelancing.

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Digital marketing: trends and tips from 2020

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Digital marketing expert Kim Darragon connects with us for a free, one-hour dive into the innovative marketing strategies that creative businesses have turned to – and prospered with – over the past chaotic year. A great session for anyone looking to futureproof against challenges lying ahead.

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Making money online with Patreon

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Patreon’s very own Gee Linford-Grayson joins us for a free, online Q&A on the powerful creator platform. Hear inspiring stories of how creators are using fan subscriptions to fund their work, and take away some ideas of how to monetise your creations.

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Startup Essentials: Marketing basics

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This three-part virtual course – in partnership with The Design Museum – uncovers the marketing basics needed to turn creative ideas into successful businesses. You’ll learn how to define your brand, grow with social media, and handle PR and communications. Essential for any startup!

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The role of leadership

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Dial in to our live Zoom call with leadership expert Gillian Davis, as we examine what it takes to inspire and support others. Learn how to identify your leadership style, and how your approach can impact your team and culture. It promises to be a fascinating hour for any current or aspiring leader.

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How to market your music

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A free, one-hour virtual chat with record label owner and marketing specialist Gilbert Johnson, as he shares his top tips on creatively getting your music noticed with DIY techniques. Fresh, relevant and timely ideas await.

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How to spot trends and insights

Zoom

In this live Zoom Dive session, cultural consultant Amy Daroukakis shares her secrets from her career uncovering opportunities for major brands such as LVMH, Unilever and Target. It’s a must-watch for anyone intrigued by how they can use cultural insights to get a jump on the competition – and create products and services that are in the right place, at the right time.

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The art of creative direction

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In this free, one-hour Zoom Dive, creative strategist Fiona O’Brian reveals her insights into building memorable brands through graphic and copy-based creative direction, drawing on her experience in the advertising industry, as well as co-founding her own successful coffee roastery, Girls Who Grind.

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Resilience and intellectual property

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Erica Wolfe-Murray on building a resilient business and leveraging your creative assets to differentiate revenue streams.

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How to master SEO for growth

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In this chapter of our Zoom Dives event series, growth expert Daniel Johnson shares his expertise on using SEO/SEM to scale your business.

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How to nail advertising on social media

Zoom

Head of Growth at Curio, Hannah Parvaz shares her knowledge on growing your audience and business through paid advertising on different social media platforms.

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Raising investment (even in a post-covid world)

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A comprehensive overview of the investment landscape after the covid outbreak and how to approach fundraising with Carmen Alfonso Rico, Partner at Samaipata VC.

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Getting investment ready and funded

Zoom

Isabella Ghassemi-Smith, Ecosystem Manager at SeedLegals, set the record straight on the legal admin necessary to fundraising.

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Startup Essentials: Business basics

Design Museum

A three-part course in collaboration with the Design Museum, that will arm you with the range of skills that will bring your vision into life.

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How to crowdfund your creative business

Zoom

Jes Bailey, founder of Crowdfund 360, guides us through the steps of setting up and running a successful crowdfunding campaign for your creative business.

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The Circuit: Monthly networking

Instagram Live

Visual Artist Enrica Masi shares her insights on how the design world has been adapting to lockdown and where the future is heading for visual artists post-pandemic.

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Doing your own PR on a budget

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Founder and Director of PressLoft, Nicola Snell walks us through some easy PR tips that everyone can master to generate press coverage for your products.

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How to build a standout brand

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Stephanie Melodia, founder of startup marketing agency BLOOM, discusses how to leverage the different marketing channels available to build brand awareness for your business.

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Creating a winning digital marketing strategy

Zoom

Mind The Ad co- founder, Sila Nur Isik discusses how to use creative technologies and create a winning digital marketing strategy to promote your business.

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The Circuit: Monthly networking

Instagram Live

Fashion Futurist Karinna Nobbs gives her unique insight into the potential and future for the creative sector in the digital sphere.

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Founder Files: Bella Freud

Second Home

Iconic London fashion designer Bella Freud explores her fascinating entrepreneurial journey, from launching her eponymous fashion brand in 1990, to collaborating with creative heavyweights.

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Founder Files: Will Hudson

Battersea Power Station

Founder of creative inspiration platform It’s Nice That, Will Hudson joins us to discuss his entrepreneurial journey, from launching a graduate passion project to developing a cluster of companies dedicated to celebrating creativity.

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Founder Files: Ajaz Ahmed

Design Museum

Pioneering creative, digital innovator and founder of multi-award winning global ideas agency AKQA, Ajaz Ahmed joins to uncover the story of developing his successful creative business.

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Founder Files: Roksanda Ilincic

Design Museum

In partnership with the Design Museum, fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic shares the story behind the company and iconic brand for which she is known today.

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Founder Files: Matthew Slotover

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Matthew Slotover shares the story of how he and he and co-founder Amanda Sharp have grown Frieze into the world’s most influential contemporary art brand.

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Founder Files: Col Needham

Second Home

IMDb founder, Col Needham tells us the story of how his passion project became a multi-million dollar company that made him the ‘most powerful Brit in Hollywood’.

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Founder Files: Charlotte Tilbury

Whitechapel Gallery

Beauty icon Charlotte Tilbury recounts her venture from world’s most sought after make-up artist to founder of the fastest-growing beauty brand.

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Founder Files: Efe Cakerel

Working Title Films

Efe Cakarel shares his journey bringing cult cinema to every home since founding indie film-streaming service MUBI in 2007.

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Founder Files: Matt “Mills” Miller

Tileyard Studios

Matt ‘Mills’ Miller recounts the story of how he and co-founder John “Sinx” Sinclair turned their longterm passion for design into four global businesses across three continents.