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Essex’s No1 Entrepreneurs Extravaganza: Wanna Be An Entrepreneur Extravaganza Jan 2016

January 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wanna Be An Entrepreneur 2016

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Essex’s #1 Entrepreneurs’ Extravaganza!

After the success of last year’s extravaganza, Wanna Be An Entrepreneur is back to mark the beginning of 2016 and get all entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs thinking positively for the new year!

Baiju Solanki, Southend Business Man of the Year 2010,  is the brains behind the event which aims to expose young people to the entrepreneurial mindset and motivational preparation that formal business education just doesn’t teach you. The word “entrepreneur” comes from the French “to undertake”. And what could possibly be a greater undertaking than what you want to do with your life? Wanna Be An Entrepreneur isn’t strictly a business event. It is a learning opportunity for anyone who wants to think like an entrepreneur, even if they don’t necessarily want to be an entrepreneur. Thinking in an entrepreneurial way can ignite your confidence and imagination, and motivate you to make positive changes in your life.

Wanna Be An Entrepreneur 2016 Speakers & Live Pitch

At Wanna Be An Entrepreneur, don’t expect to be stuck in your seat feeling bored all day! Expect to be entertained, with singers, dancers and a surprise guest in between the speakers. There will also be a live pitch event, similar to what you see on Dragons’ Den, that allows anyone in the audience to pitch their business idea live on-stage to a panel of entrepreneurs. The winning pitch will receive a £5000 business package that includes a professional logo and website, marketing and social media coaching, financial coaching and business minoring for six months. To enter, complete the form on the website.

Sacha Bright – “Diary of An Entrepreneur – The Scrub Pub”

Sacha is the founder of businessagent.com, the UK’s first equity and debt crowdfunding aggregator and a great example of the growing fintech market in the UK. As an entrepreneur himself, Sacha Bright is passionate in helping fellow entrepreneurs get the funding they need to achieve their dreams and improve their health, wealth and happiness without having to compromise one for another.

James Sinclair – “The Rules for Business Success”

The one and only James Sinclair is back after his memorable “performance” at last year’s Wanna Be An Entrepreneur. The eccentric founder of the multi-million pound family entertainment and events company, “The Partyman Company”, and author of “The Millionaire Clown”, James Sinclair is a bit of a unicorn in the entrepreneurial world. With a passion (and talent!) for buying failing businesses and making them profitable, you’re not going to want to miss James Sinclair speaking at this event!

Dan Chambers – “Hero Interview”

Born and raised on one of the toughest council estates in Essex, Dan Chambers lived in 42 different houses up to the age of 17. So one might consider it ironic that he now owns a multi award winning company that deals with residential property in the Southend area. Dan’s business, 1st Call, provides sales, lettings and property management in Southend, and his on-stage interview at Wanna Be An Entrepreneur will undoubtedly be an inspirational tale of his entrepreneurial success.

Erkan Ali – “Resilience and Why It Matters”

The co-founder of BeCollaboration is back after last year’s Wanna Be An Entrepreneur to motivate and inspire the audience to harness their passion and set themselves up for success in 2016. Erkan Ali works closely with business owners to help them win in business, and his talk at this year’s event is aimed to help attendants the same way, teaching them resilience in both business and life.

Penny Power & Thomas Power – “The Social Couple – (Making It Online)”

The ultimate Power couple, Penny and Thomas Power, have been achieving online success for twenty years. In their talk, they will demonstrate exactly how you can balance your online and offline life to be successful in life. A real time TweetDeck will be on screen, so you can live-tweet your questions to them whilst they are on stage.

Julie Bishop – “How To Find Your Dream Job Using Social Media”

With social media at the forefront of everything we do, most don’t realise how powerful a tool it can be beyond cat pictures and selfies. Julie Bishop works with young people showing them how their underestimated digital skills can actually connect them to their target employers. Julie is author of the book “The Social Jobseeker” which helps jobseekers to understand how they can use the power of social media to market themselves to potential employers and get a competitive advantage over other jobseekers. At Wanna Be An Entrepreneur, she will share some of her tips and secrets to social success.

Action Jackson – “Say Yes and Take Action”

Action Jackson identifies himself as being a “Minister for Youth Empowerment” and is known for his energetic seminars designed to motivate young people to live their dreams. He strives to use his own success and experience to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, passing on his own stories and life lessons.

Ketan Makwana – “How 1% Change in Attitude Can Have 100% Change in Results”

Ketan Makwana, a serial entrepreneur, has started and sold numerous businesses over the years, with a vision in mind to support the next generation of SMEs and transform the future economy. Ketan has extensive expertise spanning multiple sectors, and is using his knowledge to strengthen the enterprising mindsets of the next generation’s entrepreneurs.

Wanna Be An Entrepreneur 2016 Tickets

Click here to book tickets and use the discount code

Platinum / VIP – £99

  • Express, front row seating
  • VIP networking with speakers
  • Lunch

Gold – £49

  • Standard entry
  • Unreserved seating
  • Recommended for start-ups and business owners

Sponsored Place – £25 per sponsored place*

* Maximum of 25 sponsored places per organisation

  • 1 hour of mentoring for you or your team at the end of the event



January 29, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Baiju Solanki


Skylark Hotel
Aviation Way
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6UN United Kingdom
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01702 279955

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