NatWest co-hosts event for entrepreneurs in Brighton

NatWest co-hosts event for entrepreneurs in Brighton

Opportunity Knocks, co-hosted by NatWest, Entrepreneurial Spark and other organisations is aimed at people interested in supporting the South East of England’s start-up, early stage and SME business sector.

Opportunity Knocks entrepreneurs meeting

Delegates heard from inspirational speakers and saw a live pitching competition at the event.


The leaders of some of the UK’s most successful start-ups revealed the secrets of their success at a business event in Brighton on Wednesday.

Opportunity Knocks, co-hosted by NatWest, Entrepreneurial Spark, Cobb Digital, Brighton & Hove Chamber, Angels Den and University of Brighton took place at Sussex County Cricket Club in Brighton yesterday. The showcase saw Acumen Business Law’s CEO Penina Shepherd join Marc Koska OBE, the Founder of Star Syringe, and a host of other successful entrepreneurs who passed on their advice and offer insight into what they have learned whilst turning their concept into a reality.

Delegates heard from inspirational speakers, saw a live pitching competition, heard from a panel of experts and had the opportunity to attend a range of case study led seminars focusing on topics such as crowdfunding, pitching, intellectual property and growth finance.


Fiona Anderson, Entrepreneurial Development Manager at NatWest, commented:

"NatWest is delighted to be supporting Opportunity Knocks to showcase the entrepreneurial talent in Brighton and the South East. It's exciting to see pioneering events like this emerge when the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners come together.

“This conference is particularly unique as it gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses as well as providing them with knowledge on the alternative methods of finance available to them.

“Entrepreneurialism and entrepreneurship are key to the future success of businesses in the South East and all of us at NatWest are keen to help give new start-ups all the support they need to turn their idea into a reality."


Lucy-Rose Walker, Chief Entrepreneuring Officer at Entrepreneurial Spark said:

“Since opening our Brighton Hatchery last year we have been blown away by the calibre of start-ups in the region. Our expert enablement programme focuses on helping entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business, allowing them to become credible, backable and investible. Events such as Opportunity Knocks build on this by allowing businesses and the individuals interested in supporting them a platform to connect and learn how to work together.”

Related articles

NatWest announces new start-up business hub for Cardiff

NatWest has officially signed a deal to bring the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator hub to Cardiff’s new 1 Central Square development.

Scottish businesses optimistic about growth prospects

Results from latest Royal Bank of Scotland Business Monitor suggest economy is set to recover with modest growth predicted for the remainder of 2016.

Latest news

Women and millennials help drive £17bn+ franchise sector to record levels

New research from NatWest and the British Franchise Association (bfa) highlights changes and profitability in the sector.

Winners announced for Skills & Opportunities Fund

52 winning organisations have been announced for round two of the 2018 Skills & Opportunities Fund.

RBS Multicultural Network meets Eric Holder, 82nd US Attorney General

Simon McNamara, RBS Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Sponsor of the RBS Multicultural Network, recently hosted an event in discussion with Eric Holder, the first black US Attorney General. They discussed career, ethnicity, diversity and even a little bit of politics. At the event, Eric Holder shared his wisdom and experience with attendees from the RBS Executive committee and RBS Multicultural Network. Simon McNamara blogs about his experience meeting Eric, a BAME role model, and why diversity is so important to RBS.

Set Tab for lightbox