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Thursday highlights: Are you ready to change the world?

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Thursday highlights: Are you ready to change the world?

The fourth of our masterclass series for Global Entrepreneurship Week took place today with the theme “Are you ready to change the world?”

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 the senior leader at UnLtd and social enterprise expert Albert Chong. Check out day four here:

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


Andrew Hunt – VOOM 2015 finalist and founder of Aduna gave his advice on looking at your business plan with a different perspective.

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Becky Willan founder of Given – was asked about what motivated her to start making a social impact…

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Ronke Oke founder of Emi & Ben – told us not to underestimate building a solid network.

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Also joining us on our panel was Julian Borra of Thin Air Factory, who told us that the first step In being a social entrepreneur is believing in what you aim to do.

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This led on to our masterclass with Albert Chong, who got the business founders in the room to consider who their key stakeholders are and how their business can benefit them. The key learnings from the masterclass were:


  1. Make sure the purpose of your business is clear. What is it you want to do, and why is that beneficial?
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  2. Get yourself and your business out there – do all the networking you need.
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  3. To stay focused, make a pledge of what you want to achieve and go for it.
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The morning ended with our small business founders sharing their learnings from the morning and business pledges. Sereena from All Here, Sabrina, Jotty and Jemima all had a go and received feedback from David McQueen our MC and their peers in the audience.

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

Tomorrow is our final masterclass “Are you ready to pitch your piece?” run by David McQueen. You can tune in our live stream at 9am by following @vmpioneers on Twitter.


Thought Leader

Thank you Virgin Pioneers team! The video highlights are great! 

Thought Leader

Thank you for making my day special with all your support.