Be the shark at BITE 2017 | Agenda

BITE 2017 is now just around the corner and we are excited to announce a line-up of insightful keynotes and breakouts to leave you with the inspiration to grow your business.

Keynote #1: Marnus Broodryk – ‘The Mind of a Successful Entrepreneur’ (Morning)

Marnus Broodryk picMarnus Broodryk is a shark in ‘Shark Tank’ the South African equivalent of Dragon’s Den and will talk about ‘The Mind of a Successful Entrepreneur’.

Drawing on his own experience, Marnus’ will focus in on three common characteristics of a successful entrepreneur: how to conquer the mind to conquer anything; embracing change whenever it’s needed and being happy in business – the last principle based on the fact that everyone dies in the end, so best enjoy life on the way!

Marnus commented: “To be successful, entrepreneurs need to have a positive outlook, plenty of get-up and go and be ready for a lot of hard work. BITE brings together all types of businesses run by like-minded people eager to learn…and one of the big requirements in the future will be the need for everyone to switch to an entrepreneurial mind-set to succeed.”

Keynote #2: Alternative Funding Panel and Q&A (Afternoon)

Andy Davis - head and shouldersAlternative funding options have proliferated in recent years and will be a major theme at BITE 2017. Andy Davis, former editor of Financial Times Weekend and author of the ‘Beyond the Banks’ report on alternative finance, will be one of the industry experts forming an Alternative Funding panel in the afternoon.

Andy explains: “BITE will help businesses to develop an understanding of a funding market which offers more options than ever for raising finance, but which can also be complex. With the support of experts in this field, local businesses will gain expert insight into a growing marketplace that offers a wide range of opportunities.”

Also represented on the panel will be invoice solution Satago, crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, Local Enterprise Partnership Coast to Capital, and tax and business advisers MHA Carpenter Box .

Breakout sessions

There will be six interactive breakout sessions scheduled throughout the day, covering a number of important businesses themes:

Breakout #1 (11.30am)

  • A Smarter Way to Send & Receive Business Payments – presented by TransferMate
  • Top Tax Tips for You and Your Business – presented by MHA Carpenter Box

Breakout #2 (12.15pm)

  • Top Tips on Fixing Your Cashflow Challenges – presented by GoCardless
  • 3 Trends Shaping the Retail Industry and What You Can Do to Keep Up – presented by Vend

Breakout #3 (3.15pm)

  • You and Your Business: With You at Every Stage – presented by Irwin Mitchell
  • Unlocking the Power of Automation – presented by AutoEntry

BITE 2017 takes place at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 27th April. Register for your free place on Eventbrite and visit the BITE website for further information.