Partnering with London Design Festival, Creative Entrepreneurs is bringing a special design edition of “The Surgery” – its mentoring and networking event series – to Second Home Spitalfields on Tuesday the 17th September.
This not-to-be-missed event for creative individuals will return with its panel of leading creative business experts in the fields of legal, finance and marketing, discussing everything a start-up founder needs to know to get their business off the ground.
For the first time, we will also showcase a creative entrepreneur, and to celebrate LDF it will be inspiring design icon Nik Roope. In another first, Nik will be exclusively discussing how he turned his unique ideas into three groundbreaking design initiatives: Poke, Hulger and The Lovie Awards.
Join us for an evening of inspiration, learning, and some all-important hard truths!
Meet the experts:
Chief Troublemaker: Carolyn Dailey
Carolyn is the founder of Creative Entrepreneurs, a community that empowers creative people to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Previously she spent 20 years in London with Time Warner, helping HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. and Time Inc. expand their reach in Europe.
The Design Entrepreneur: Nicolas Roope
An icon in design for over 20 years, Nicolas Roope has been the founder of numerous creative companies that have proved hugely influential across tech and design including:
(1) Poke digital agency which continues to demonstrate how brands can use digital approaches to engage with audiences both on and off line, and which was acquired by Publicis in 2019.
(2) Hulger, a product design company known for its groundbreaking Plumen sculptural light bulb, widely acclaimed since its 2011 launch as the first designer energy saving light bulb, now part of the permanent design collection at MoMA, V&A and Cooper-Hewitt.
(3) The Lovie Awards, which celebrate the “best of the European internet”.
The Voice of Finance: Shaun Beaney
Shaun is a part of the Corporate Finance Faculty at ICAEW, where his work focuses on promoting access to finance, growing businesses and venture capital. He devised and co-authored ‘Creative Industries – Routes to Finance’, the seminal financing guide for Creative Entrepreneurs.
The Accounting Expert: Lloyd Gunton
Lloyd Gunton is a manager at Saffery Champness where he is a part of the Film and TV team. His work specialises in assisting clients in accessing HMRC’s creative sector tax reliefs and providing audit services across the creative sector, from large budget film production companies to owner-managed startup creative companies.
The Startup Marketing Whiz: Stephanie Melodia
Stephanie Melodia runs startup marketing agency, Bloom, delivering London’s freshest marketing to the city’s best startups in beauty, fashion and technology. Prior to setting up Bloom, Stephanie ran the UK marketing for Top 10 Global App Developer, Meitu, and, before this, spent the best part of a decade working agency side.