Meet the Speakers - Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! (21 November, London)
Jamie Dunn (Director of ‘Spark Global Business’)
is a 21 year-old entrepreneur who in 2012 was short-listed as one of
the Top 20 Young People in the World, a title once held by former US
President John F Kennedy.
started in enterprise aged 12 selling unwanted items at school. By the
time he was 15, Jamie was making around £500 a week from 5 market stalls
across Birmingham and at 18, Jamie co-founded the printing
organization, ‘Made By Young People’ which went on to boast clients like
Aston Villa, Ikea and Asda.
now spends most of his time as a Director, Shareholder in Spark Global
Business, a consultancy to governments and educational organizations
with operations in 3 countries.
has also co-founded a multimillion-pound investment fund, which
provides mentoring, office space, finance and support to young people in
the West Midlands who are setting up in business. As an investor, Jamie
has equity interests in different sectors ranging from recruitment to
also sits on and advises a number of boards and trusts including the
BMET Enterprise Academy, Arrive Alive, Georgia Tech Incubator, TechMinsk
and Arden Forest FC.
You can follow him on Twitter @JDEntrepreneur
Stewart Bewley (Founder and director, Amplify Presentations)
Stewart trained at Queen Mary, University of London and The Birmingham
School of Acting for Stage, Screen and Broadcast. As a trained actor Stewart
has performed on the BBC, ITV1 and in front of Prince Charles.
Clients for Amplify
include Vodafone, Hyder Consulting, HayGroup, University College London, Google Tech
Campus, Wayra Academy, Tech Stars, City University.
He regularly works with SME's and
has delivered interview and confidence building skills in the re-settlement wing of
HMP Pentonville. Stewart has worked on a variety of Executive Business coaching projects
as an associate with KPMG, Skandia, Skanska, Bupa, Orange and Morrisons.
The charity arm
of Amplify includes work for 28 Too Many and One Life.
You can follow him on Twitter @amplifycoach
Ketan Makwana (Managing Director, Enterprise Lab)
Ketan Makwana has a passion for business, enterprise and Youth Development. He co-launched Enterprise Lab in summer 2011 working on education, employability and enterprise programmes, now in 11 countries and impacting 35,000 people.
In 2012 Ketan founded and delivered Youth Enterprise Live, a showcase for 15-30 year olds focussing on opportunities in education, employment and enterprise. He also is Head of Operations for Rockstar Youth, a leading funding and mentoring organisation that has delivered over £8m in start-up funding and mentoring to over 1300 businesses started up by 18-30 year olds.
Ketan sits on many advisory boards and works with both the UK Government & International Ministries of development of Enterprise Eco-systems.
You can follow him on Twitter @Ketan_Makwana
Nick Proctor (Founder, Amber Energy)
Nick is the founder of Amber Energy, an award winning energy management company working with over 100 businesses in the UK.
Established in 2009 the company has experienced over 300 per cent growth year on year.
Their unique selling point is their
energy management product; they offer businesses their very own energy manager, who will consider procurement, bill auditing,
site acquisitions, new build design, existing build retro-fits,
renewable energy opportunity, legislation, risk, and behavioural
The business has helped hundreds of students worldwide to raise money for their projects, ideas and events.
Prior to co-founding Dressipi with Donna Kelly, Sarah was the co-founder and CEO of Texperts, the world’s first text message question answering service.
The company won numerous awards and in 2008 was sold to KGB, owners of the 118118 directory enquiries service, in a multi-million pound deal.
The Times recently called Sarah one of the UK’s “top rising female entrepreneurs”, and she was named by Management Today magazine as one of the top 35 female entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
Starting in 2008 as Miss Fit UK, Nikki would concentrate on a wholesale business model until the collapse of a major chain in 2011 resulting in heightened risk for wholesale suppliers and a need to concentrate on consumer markets again.
Launching the Big Bra Bar as a consumer site, Nikki took this product onto Dragons’ Den in 2012 and received private investment from outside of the den after broadcast.
The company was re-branded to ‘Made In Preston’, manufacturing was re-shored back to the UK and Nikki now leads her operation from her factory and HQ in Preston.
You can follow her on Twitter @MadeinPrestonco
Michael Korn (Founder, KwickScreen)
Winner of the 2011 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Michael is the designer behind KwickScreen, a portable retractable room-divider which he developed whilst researching healthcare environments.
He has now established a manufacturing facility in the Midlands and sales network for the product which is being used across the NHS and is being exported to North America and Europe.
Since 2011 the product has gone through a number of re-designs and is now selling to offices, schools and universities.
Recent customers include Number 10, The White House, Miss America Contest and the Paediatric Department where Prince George was born. Michael's interests focus on design in industry and he is currently Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Design Fellow.
You can follow him on Twitter @KwickScreen
Richard Robinson (Director, Business Markets, Google)
Richard has spent over 15 years assisting companies in the development and implementation of effective go-to-market strategies.
He has led many strategic marketing initiatives across various business and technology areas. At Google he helps businesses develop highly effective digital strategies.
Prior to Google, Richard was Vice President at IDC, where he led IDC consulting and marketing services business in Europe and he also led the client services division of IDG's International team based in EMEA.
In 1998, Julie founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs, and in August 2000 founded Ariadne Capital to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK, that of "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs".
Julie has received an MBE for her services to entrepreneurship and has been named one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED's 100, one of London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard) and one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe by the Wall Street Journal Europe.