September 29th: Like Minds, Exeter “From Startup to Scaleup”


Like Minds Returns to Exeter.

We’re really looking forward to returning to our home city after taking Like Minds to Bristol, London and New York last year. This year the topic is “From Startup to Scaleup – How to Build Your Business & Brand” aimed at businesses that are looking to scale fast and build a sustainable business and brand in these challenging times.

Come and join over 300 entrepreneurs and fast growth businesses from across the region and beyond. There will be a wide range of keynotes, panel debates, workshops and insights shared across the day.

Like Minds is an intellectual playground where thinkers, strategists, agents provocateurs, innovators, challengers and mavericks can open up, share ideas and be inspired in a warm, welcoming and world-wide environment. If you haven’t been, go. You’ll see the future there; most likely, yours.

Robert Bean, Brand & Business Consultant.

Buy Your Tickets Now.

All our early-bird tickets have now sold out! During June we’ve just released a limited batch of “two for one” tickets at £75.00 each (£150.00 for two)  Grab them here while they last.

There are also 10 tickets available for delegates to join the speakers dinner on the evening of the 28th.


Trains from London run from Paddington and take around 2.5hrs to Exeter St Davids. You can claim a discounted conference fare from GWR. Tickets may be purchased a maximum of 80 to 90-days in advance of travel dates. Follow this link for details. Please note evidence of attending the conference may be asked for by the ticket examination staff, failure to do so will be treated as if no valid ticket were held so please bring your Eventbrite ticket with you.


We have secured a limited number of rooms for delegates with breakfast at a preferential rate of £105.00 at The Mecure Hotel, Southernhay, a short walk from the venue. Please call the reservations manager on +44 (0) 1392 412 812 and quote LIKE280917. If you would like to extend your stay please mention this at the time of booking to take advantage of the discounted rate.


Being part of Like Minds gives you unrivalled access to our speakers and will increase your business profile through our global marketing and media partnerships. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved please email us here.


Six regional Southwest startups have the opportunity to pitch at this year’s Like Minds Ideas Festival – “ From Startup to Scale-up” event. One of them could be you! As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it so apply at the link below.
Six startups will be chosen from the pool of applicants to pitch on the main stage on Friday September 29th in front of our audience including ten Angel and Venture investors who collectively have over £250K to invest.
The selected startups will each get five minutes to pitch (including slides),including a short Q&A. No investment decision will be made on the day but the opportunity is there to follow up with any interested parties. To apply to pitch email us here.

Draft Event Schedule.

08.30: Tea / coffee registration in the reception area.
09.00: Welcome from our MC Oli Barrett MBE
09.05: Introduction from Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director, Exeter City Council
09.10 – 09.35: “Insights” Keynote 1: James Poulter, Global Head of Social – Lego Life
09.40 – 10.00: “Insights” Keynote 2:
10.05 – 10.25 “Insights” Keynote 3:
10.30 – 10.50 “Insights” Keynote 4:
10.55 – 11.00 Tea & Coffee networking break 
11.05 – 11.45: From Startup to Scale-up Panel Debate: How to Build a High Growth Business & Brand
Moderated by:
Panellist 1: Janet Coyle, Director, London & Partners
Panellist 2: John Courtney, Stockwood Ventures
Panellist 3: Luke Lang, Crowdcube
Panellist 4:
11.50 – 12.10: “Insights” Keynote 5:
12.10: – Morning round-up from our MC Oli Barrett MBE before the lunchtime talks.
12:15 – 13.45: Lunch Time Talks at local restaurants in the Exeter Food Quarter.
13.50 – 14.50: “Immersive Masterclass Sessions”
Breakout Session 1 – Stephen Bateman, How A Content Funnel Can Create ROI Masterclass
Breakout Session 2 – Deri Llewelyn–Davis, Business Strategy Masterclass
Breakout Session 3 – Dan Simmons, Thought Leadership Masterclass
Breakout Session 4 – Chris Moss, How to Encourage Creativity Masterclass
Breakout Session 5 – Glenn Le Santo, Orange Business Content Marketing Masterclass
Breakout Session 6 –Kate Doodson, Digital Transformation Masterclass
Breakout Session 7 – TBC, Microsoft UK Startup Masterclass
Breakout Session 8 – TBC, Google Digital Garage Digital Masterclass
14.55 – 15.15: “Insights” Keynote 6: Minter Dial, Futurist and Founder The Myndset
15.20 – 15.40: “Insights” Keynote 7: Jason Miller, Global Content Marketing Lead, LinkedIn
15:40 – 16.00: “Insights” Keynote 8: Robert Camp, Managing Partner, Stephens Scown

16:05 – 16.25: Tea & Coffee networking break

16.35 – 16.55: “Insights” Keynote 9: Glenn Woodcock, Founder & CEO, Exeter City Futures
17.00 – 17.30: Bindi Karia, Founder, Bindi Ventures introduces the Exeter Startup “PitchFest” Sessions: 6x Exeter Startups presenting @5mins each. There will be 10x Angel Investors in attendance with a minimum £10K each to invest, offering over £100,000 of investment into the local community.
17.30: A summary of the day from our MC Oli Barrett MBE
17.15 – 19.00: Delegates drinks reception at The Rougemont Hotel with The Salcombe Distillery & Frobishers
19.00 – late: Dinner drinks & entertainment at a restaurant & bar in the Exeter Food Quarter.
Please Note: Speakers are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. There will be no ticket refunds offered in the event of a speaker cancelling their participation at the Ideas Festival or cancellation requests received two weeks prior to the event. The views expressed in presentations made at the Like Minds Ideas Festival are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of We Are Like Minds Limited. Presentations at Like Minds events, or the presence of organisations at Like Minds events, do not constitute an endorsement of the organisation or speaker’s views, products or services.

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