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Date: Monday October 16th | Time: 08:00 – 11:45 | Location: HSBC HQ
Tech Leadership Breakfast
Last year our region’s tech sector grew by £3.8bn and this year our digital ecosystem has continued to go from strength to strength. However, in order to realise our true potential, we must work together to build on our already solid foundation.
At this Leadership Breakfast, we will discuss what’s needed to enable our local tech and digital companies to succeed, how we can bring everyone on the journey with us and the role technology will play in helping us recover in a better more sustainable way. We will also take an international view and understand what’s needed for the West Midlands to become a globally recognised tech hub.
Supporting Local, Thinking Global
Paul Scully MP
Minister for Tech & Digital Economy
Carolyn Dawson OBE
Andy Street CBE
Mayor of the West Midlands
CEO & Founder
West Midlands Tech Commissioner
Yiannis Maos MBE
CEO & Founder
An opportunity to network and speak with other tech leaders and stakeholders from across the West Midlands.
Yiannis Maos, Founder of Birmingham Tech Week will give his opening remarks and official start the festival.
Ian Stuart, CEO of HSBC UK will welcome guests to HSBC HQ and give his opening remarks.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street CBE, will say why the region’s tech sector is so important for future innovation and economic growth.
Carolyn Dawson OBE, the CEO of Founders Forum, will officially relaunch Tech Nation and tell the audience why this is so important for the UK tech sector. Carolyn will also say what this means for tech scaleups up and down the UK.
Carolyn Dawson OBE will host a panel discussion with tech leaders, including, Erin Platts, CEO of HSBC Innovation Bank (previously Silicon Valley Bank UK) and Melissa Snover, Founder & CEO of Nourished.
The West Midlands Tech Commissioner, Martin Ward, will offer is thoughts on what’s next for the region’s tech sector and will reveal plans for how the West Midlands can become a global tech hub.
Kim Leary, Chairperson of TechWM will conduct a fireside chat with Paul Scully MP, the Minister for the Tech & Digital Economy (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology).
The Minister will be joined by Simon Walsh, CEO at Advanced.
Matt Hammond, Chair of the West Midlands Growth Company will offer his final thoughts and summarise the Tech Leadership Breakfast.
A final chance to network with peers before attending other Birmingham Tech Week events.