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Leeds Digital Festival 2019: top tech events for startups and scaleups to attend

Leeds Digital Festival 2019: top tech events for startups and scaleups to attend

Leeds Digital Festival is returning on April 23 – May 3, giving coders, creatives and everybody inbetween a great excuse to pop out of the coworking space to attend a session or eight.

Now into its fourth year, the metropolitan marvel is an open platform, meaning anybody can host an event – from a seminar to a workshop or evening spectacle – so long as they have something to offer the city’s digital workers.

Leeds Digital Festival 2018 saw a record 170 events held across a multitude of venues – a vaster number than were held in San Francisco over the same period. While the figure makes for a fun headline, it also shows a high level of collaboration in the sector.

We’ve rounded up a selection of events which promise to provide digital tech startups and scaleups with the knowledge and connections needed to grow. We’ll be adding more as they’re confirmed.

Access Innovation – Selling your innovation masterclass

Date: Tuesday April 23 – Tickets

We’re all here to make money, right? (In addition to changing the world, obviously.) So why not start off your festival by honing your salescraft. Delivered by RTC North as part of the Access Innovation Programme, this masterclass promises to give you the tools needed to grow your sales pipeline.

Fantastic data breaches and how to prevent them

Date: Thursday April 24 – Tickets

In this session you’ll hear from people in the know on important topics such as GDPR (including how to avoid landing yourself in hot water with the ICO), and how to build cybersecurity into a product.

From Startup to Scale up: How to make it happen & how to fund it

Date: Monday 29 April – Tickets

One for scaling companies in particular, this session will give you a deep dive in how to secure growth funding for your business. You’ll hear from entrepreneurs who have been through the process, while gleaning nuggets of wisdom from industry experts.

Access Innovation – Real Digital Growth Services

Date: Tuesday 30 April  – Tickets

Founders are guaranteed to make mistakes on their growth journeys, but hearing from entrepreneurs who have tripped up on the way to success can save them from unecessary aggro. Here you’ll hear from a panel of specialists and startups including former Northern Stars regional finalist Shopappy.

Meet the Advisor – KPMG Drop in Sessions

Date: Wednesday May 1 – Tickets

Whether you’re just starting or scaling a business, take this opportunity to have a sit down and a chat with a professional services expert. Topics covered include accessing finance (from seed capital to exit); business plans (they’ll run through yours with a fine tooth-comb); international expansion, and compliance and scaling.

The 1-Page Marketing Strategy: simplify and focus your marketing

Date: Wednesday May 1 – Tickets

Developed a great product? Can’t figure out a marketing strategy? Held by internetional marketer and business development adviser Alun Davies, this session will show you how to streamline your marketing strategy and condense it into a single, fathomable page.

How to Build a Bot in 30 Minutes

Date: Thursday May 2  – Tickets

Chatbots were a hot trend in 2018, and your startup can still benefit from coding one. In this session BJSS will take you through what chatbots are, what you can use them for, and how to make one work for you.

Super connect pitch day for startups in Leeds

Date: Thursday May 2 – Tickets

Corporate collaboration on the brain? This session will connect startups and scaleups with decision-makers from corporates, brands, SMEs and NGOs to explore collaboration opportunities, alongisde the chance to pitch for funding.

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