Newcastle Inspiring Entrepreneurs Screening: Movers & Shakers

Sep 22, 2014 · Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Create a new market and take the UK by storm!
Innovative businesses are constantly disrupting the status quo and generating new ideas to gain a competitive advantage. Do the same and you could become the next big thing!
New markets are appearing all the time with changes being triggered in the way we communicate, the way we eat, the way we travel and the way we behave and this in turn has created completely new business opportunities.
Our panel of Movers and Shakers have built some of the most exciting new products and services today and have completely re-imagined existing markets in the world of digital, beauty and food. Take this chance to hear their inspirational stories and quiz them about how you could do the same.
The panel discussion will be streamed live from the British Library in London, after you’ve heard from a local entrepreneur in Newcastle. Plus, you can put your questions to all speakers and network with other local business owners.
You can follow all the action and tweet your questions on #BLMovers
Local Entrepreneurs:

Paul Rawlings and Sam Morton, Founders of Screach
Paul founded ScreenReach Interactive and created the Screach Product from his vast experience in digital signage and interactive technology. He started out creating EPOS, sales order processing and marketing systems for businesses including Burger King and Dixons. In 2009 he built Twitter-based businesses, including Twe2, a free SMS provider for Twitter that sold privately in the same year and a social auction website Tweba, which grabbed the headlines.
The Screach focus is to enhance the way that people engage with the locations around them. Through ScreachTV and our Screach platform, they enhance the everyday world by giving customers better experiences through their mobile and with the screens in the venues they visit.
Screach TV provides venues with a simple plug and play device that gives the venue the ability to create their own branded and personalised TV channel that is more geared towards their customers. Venues, as well as uploading their own content, can access live content and interactive experiences from the Screach Marketplace that have specifically been designed for the screens by Screach Partners.
Via live webcast:

Michael Acton-Smith OBEMichael has been described by the Daily Telegraph as "a Rock Star version of Willy Wonka" and by the Independent as "a polite version of Bob Geldolf". He is the CEO, Creative Director and founder of tech start-up, turned entertainment firm, Mind Candy. The company created the global kids hit Moshi Monsters, which has over 80m registered users online and has now expanded offline in to books, toys, music, trading cards, video games and a theatrical movie. Mind Candy are currently working on a number of major mobile launches to expand their portfolio and create magical brands with a digital heart.
Michael was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the creative industries. Michael also co-founded Firebox.com, Berwickstock, PingPongFightClub.com and weekly London Tech social www.SiliconDrinkabout.com
 

Vanita PartiBlink Brow Bar founder, Vanita Parti, is the pioneer of the walk-in brow bar and largely responsible for bringing the ancient technique of threading into the 21st century. She launched the first ever Blink Brow Bar in 2004 and with an award-winning line up of products and services Vanita has now done for brows what walk-in nail bars have done for nails.
Blink was started in London in 2004 when Vanita saw a gap in the market for a quick walk in, pain-free brow service for women (and men) on the go. It wasn’t long before British Vogue was tipping Blink as the next big thing and today they can be found in leading stores including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and SpaceNK.
Vanita was the first to launch the concept of eyebrow threading bars in department stores to allow for easy access, no fuss and a quick treatment. Blink is now known by stores as a high density and hugely successful brand with over 36 chairs across the UK and 150 all-female members of staff.

Sam BompasBompas & Parr leads in flavour-based experience design, culinary research, architectural installations and contemporary food design.
From 2007, when Bompas & Parr was founded as a craft jellymonger, the studio has rapidly grown from just Sam Bompas and Harry Parr to its current complement of ten - a team of creative specialists, designers, architects, cooks, technicians and administrators who work across a wide range of projects.
The team works to experiment, develop, produce and install projects, artworks, jellies and exhibitions, as well as archiving, communicating and contextualising the work. Additional to the projects realised in-house, Bompas & Parr contracts structural engineers and other specialists, and collaborates with curators, cultural practitioners and scientists. It also acts as consultants to some of the world’s biggest food and drinks brands on new product development, promotional activity and other marketing initiatives.
Projects include a fruit salad inspired jelly boating lake in Kew Gardens, multi-sensory fireworks for London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and a neon jelly chamber.
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