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Monday highlights: Are you ready to take on challenges?

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Monday highlights: Are you ready to take on challenges?

The first of our masterclass series for Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off today with the theme “Are you ready to take on challenges?”

The room was full of small business founders who turned up to hear from our panel of experts and to participate in our masterclass run by Happiness Coach Samantha Clarke. Check out day one here:

In case you missed it, here are some of our favourite tips and comments from this morning…

Dan Cluderay - VOOM 2015 finalist and founder of Approved Foods – was asked about his support system to help him overcome daily challenges and this is what he said:
Bejay Mulenga
– founder of social enterprise Supa Academy and SupaTuck. - was asked how to take on a challenging part of your work…


Chelsea Parsons – founder of healthy chocolate shop Well and Happy – was asked about how she tackles her daily priorities…


This led on to our masterclass with Samantha Clarke, who inspired the room with her positive energy and practical tips for reforming your thought process to get the best results. The key learnings from the masterclass were:

1) Take time to see what your challenges are.
2. Re-evaluate your challenges from different angles.


3. Find ways to practise overcoming challenges every day.



The morning ended with our small business founders. Priscilla from Sapphira’s Showgirls, Emeka from Chukus London, Celia from Amor Mentoring, Sereena from All Here and Kunaka Kitchen all had a go and received feedback from the crowd.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in today’s event online or in person.

We can’t wait for tomorrow’s masterclass “Are you ready to tell your story?” run by Harriet Minter. You can tune in our live stream at 9am by following @vmpioneers on Twitter.


This was a great event! Samantha Clarke had a lot of clear and helpful tips on managing emotions including Mindset and mapping the relationships around us.

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We're glad you enjoyed it @sapphira! Feeling prepared to enter our competition?


Yes I am Amy, I am pulling together ideas and engaging the people I need for the competition in between dressing in blue for the VOOM workshops this week :-)