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March 25th 2022: Survive & Thrive

We’ve curated an amazing lineup of exceptional and inspiring thinkers to help you and your business survive and thrive at the 14th annual Like Minds Nudge Ideas Festival on March 25th at the Rougemont Hotel, Exeter.

MC’d by the inestimable Chris “Bentos” Bentley we’re featuring keynotes on “How to present” from Ex-BBC presenter Arti Halai, “Happiness” from author Dr. Vicky Barnes, “B2B Influence” and how it can help drive your business with leading influencer expert Gordon Glenister, “Laid Bare: what the business leader learned from the stripper” from stripper and founder of Grant Tree, Paulina Tenner, and many more.

In the afternoon there’s our PitchFest session profiling four South West tech businesses in partnership with Tech South West, along with 1hr workshops on “Getting Investment Ready” with Andrew Gerrard, “Learning How to Network” with John Harvey, Founder, The Samphire Club, “Overcome 5 Frustrations to Succeed in a Post-Pandemic World” with Dean Breyley, and “Powering your Innovation Strategy” with Sawsan Khuri.

It’s a huge opportunity to network in-person in a Covid-safe environment with our speakers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs at Exeter’s Rougemont Hotel on Queen Street. All the food, teas and coffees are included in your ticket.


Pre-event networking

To network with our attendees and speakers beforehand, join our group on Guild here.

Schedule To Date:

Click on the speaker names for their LinkedIn profiles.

09.00 – 09.10 Welcome from our MC Chris Bentley

09.10 – 09.30 Keynote 1 “Think Like an Innovator” with Paul Sloane

09.35 – 09.55 Keynote 2 “How to Present” with Arti Halai

10.00 – 10.20 Keynote 3  “The Power of Voice” with James Poulter

10.20 – 11.00 Tea/coffee networking break

11.00 – 11.20 Keynote 4 “Happiness” with Dr. Vikky Barnes

11.25 – 11.45 Keynote 5 “B2B Influence” with Gordon Glenister

11.50 – 12.10 Keynote 6 “Social Tech: Contacts Without Connection” with Quentin Millington

12.10– 13.10 Lunch

13.10 – 13.30 Keynote 7 “What the Leader Learnt From the Stripper” with Paulina Tenner

13.35– 13.55 Keynote 8 “Science, Leadership & the Growth Economy” with Dr. Sally Basker

14.00 – 14.45 Panel Debate “Solving The Skills Shortage” with Hannah Prevett

Panelist 1 Sawsan Khuri

Panelist 2 David Chamberlain

Panelist 3 Mike Blakeley

Panelist 4 Dean Breyley

Panelist 5 Andrea Hodges

14.45 – 15.15 Tea/coffee networking break

15.15 – 15.35 Keynote 9 “The Entrepreneurship” with Guy Rigby & David Murray

15.40 – 16.00 Tech South West PitchFest powered by Exeter Science Park

Showcase 1 “Collage App” with Sarah Cudmore

Showcase 2 “Ceyber” with Aqsa Farooq

Showcase 3 “Anibotics” with David Smee

Showcase 4 “Barback” Ewan J. Moran

16.05 – 16.10 Roundup by MC Chris Bentley

16.15 – 17.15 Workshops

Workshop 1: “Learning How to Network” with John Harvey

Workshop 2: “Powering your Innovation Strategy” with Sawsan Khuri

Workshop 3: “Overcome 5 Frustrations to Succeed” with Dean Breyley

Workshop 4:  “Speak To Win Business & Be More Giraffe” with Elliot Kay

Workshop 5:  “The Power of E-commerce” with Vertical Plus

17.20 – Afterparty

Ticket pricing

Pre-registration: £100 – ended

Early Bird: £150.00 – ended

Full price: £250.00 – now on sale!

Group discounts – apply by email

We look forward to seeing you all again after 19 months of online only!


The Like Minds Nudge Ideas Festival is supported by:

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge

This year we are giving 10% of our ticket sales to support Guy Rigby and David Murray on their row across the Atlantic in the Entrepreneurship. The purpose of their challenge is to raise awareness of the benefits of entrepreneurship in all its aspects while focusing on the development of social entrepreneurs and raising funds for a charity that finds, funds and supports them.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an epic challenge, Guy and David will set off to row the 3,000 miles from the Canaries to Antigua in December 2021. They hope to arrive in February 2022. If they are successful, as records currently stand, they will be the oldest pair ever to row any ocean.

We filmed them in training down in Devon earlier in the year. Do join us in supporting them here. We look forward to raising a dram or two with them on their return!

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