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Date: Thursday October 19th  |  Time: 09:30 – 16:30  |  Location: BGF Offices

ScaleUp Summit

Global Growth Zone

The ScaleUp Summit (Global Growth Zone) is designed for ambitious and scaling tech companies who are preparing for their Series A. At the ScaleUp Summit (Global Growth Zone), you will discover how to successfully prepare for future investment, how you can access global growth programmes and how to attract and acquire world-class talent. You will also get to hear from tech entrepreneurs and founders who have exited or gone global. Learn from the mistakes they’ve made (so you don’t have to), and discover the secrets to their success.

Prepare For Global Growth


Melissa Snover
CEO & Founder

Claire Bacall
Chief for People Evolution

Sean Williams
Co-Founder & COO

Kath Easthope
Chief Operating Officer

Jack Stockport
Technology Business Manager

Alisha Cohen
People Director

Christina Pendleton
Chief People Officer

Stuart Pilgrim
Director | Head of Cyber M&A | Head of Midlands TMT M&A

Yiannis Maos MBE
CEO & Founder

Clare Walker
Tech Sector Lead

Aaron Baker

Martin Ward
West Midlands Tech Commissioner

Roland Emmans
Head of Technology Sector & Growth Lending

Sebastian Saywood

Conrad Swift
Talent Acquisition Manager
Orbital Witness

Sally Scott
Chief Marketing Officer


09:30-10:15 - Arrival & Networking

An opportunity to network and speak with other tech leaders and meet investors from across the West Midlands.

10:15-10:30 - Welcome

Welcome from BGF and HSBC UK

10:30-11:00 - Opening Remarks

Opening remarks from Yiannis Maos (Founder of TechWM) and Martin Ward (West Midlands Tech Commissioner)

11:00-11:30 - KEYNOTE: How to manage you people when experiencing fast growth

Melissa Snover, Founder and CEO of Nourished talks about how she has built and maintained a world-class team

11:30-12:30 - PANEL DISCUSSION: Employee Engagement - How to retain staff in a fast growing environment

A panel discussion featuring tech leaders from AND Digital, Orbital Witness, SF Technology, Vanti and Intercity

12:30-12:45 - Special Announcement

Find out more about The Drum – a world-class tech enabled workspace for 2,000 digitally-focussed people.

12:45-13:30 - Lunch & Networking

Grab some lunch and network with tech founders and investors

13:30-14:00 - KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT: Getting the investment to scale your business globally

In this Fireside Chat, Sean Williams, Co-Founder and COO at AutogenAI (the UK’s fastest-growing AI business) will talk about how he and the team have raised capital to successfully scale their business.

14:00-14:45 - PANEL DISCUSSION: How to get the right funding to scale your business

A group of investors and advisors will discuss how you can get the right funding to scale your business

14:45-15:15 - Coffee & Networking

Grab a coffee and network with tech founders and investors

15:15-16:00 - Diary of a CEO Interview

Hear from a Founder who has successfully exited their business. Learn about their journey and what life is like after an exit.

16:00-16:30 - Networking

Network with tech founders and investors

16:30 - Event Ends

Network with tech founders and investors