WhatNext? 2017

Welcome to the playbyplay coverage of the 2017 WhatNext? Conference in Manchester

We return to cover the play by play action from the WhatNext? Conference this year, after covering the 2015 and 2016 inspiration-packed events.

Follow along as we capture and store moments from throughout the day.

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And that brings today’s play by play coverage of this insightful and inspiring event to a close.

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The whole Manchester Entrepreneurs team is on stage. Vojta is giving massive thanks to them all.

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Now, a big thanks to all sponsors and partners.

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Vojta is back on stage to close the conference

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Tim rounds up his talk with a quick recap.

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Tim drops an important piece of advice and a highly recommended read.

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It does not matter where you sit in a business, it is all about selling.

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“The reward is in the journey. There are plenty of ups and downs” says Tim.

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Tim has five points to cover, but stresses that for all the advice he’ll give, everyone else’s milage (experience) may vary.

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Entrepreneurs are born not made. They dont give up because nobody wants the idea, they give up because they get tired.

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Our final speaker is Tim Langley, CEO of CANDDi

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Non-digital winner: Her Closet

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Digital winner: Virtual Home

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The judges are back on stage with their final decision on winners of the pitching battle.

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Do not worry about making it perfect. You can do so much without a lot of effort.

Haider from @rerooapp
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As the judges deliberate, the winner of the WhatNext pitch competition 4 years ago is sharing his experiences since then. He’s gone on to launch 3 businesses and is sharing tips on things to do or avoid.

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The non-digital pitchers are now being quizzed by the judges

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Her Closet: Rent clothes

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In It Together: Easy fundraising for small charities

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Smart sell: eBay for second-hand phones

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Next, the non-digital pitches!

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The digital pitchers are receiving questions from the judges

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Virtual Home: Flat and house viewings using VR

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Hallswap: Allowing university students to switch halls seamlessly

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Foodies: Revolutionising the review industry by promoting the food and not the restaurants

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There are six teams pitching – three digital and three non-digital. First up, the digital pitches

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Next up: the pitching competition! Heather Waters and Dale Sidebottom of Entrepreneurial Spark and Damien Kysely of Accelerate Me are judging.

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Workshop 3: Michael Howe and Samantha Deakin Hill, Founding Partner at Campus Capital, are talking all things venture capitalists.

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When everyone returns from the workshops, we’ll be hearing from Tim Langley who is the CEO at CANDDi. Here’s a few words from him:

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Workshop 2: Louis Howell and Kayode Damai, Founders of Revolution Hive, are focusing on personal development at their workshop.

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Workshop 1:Dale Sidebottom, Entrepreneur Development Manager at Entrepreneurial Spark, is delivering a crash course about pitching a business idea

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Maria Stukoff who is the Head of Digital at BBC Academy shares some thoughts after her talk

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The afternoon workshops are now underway!

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Meet some of today’s workshop leaders:

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Meet the ICT Manchester panelists:

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Break time

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Never be defined by one idea. You always have more to prove.

Maria Stukoff
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Maria is rounding up her presentation with a recap of what not to do in business.

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It’s important to kill your idea, but do it in such a way that something better comes of it, says Maria

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Maria starts her talk telling us about her time at Sony’s Playstation First

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That concludes a fantastic panel. Next up is Maria Stukoff, who is the Head of Digital at BBC Academy.

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Life is short. You need to do what you love.

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You need to balance taking advice on-board, and believing in yourself.

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It makes sense to be in Manchester if you want to start your first business, says Henry Barclay.

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Each panel member is telling the story of how they started their first business.

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The panel is hosted by Damian Kysely (previous President of Manchester Entrepreneurs and now at Hack Partners) and is made up of Henry Barclay (In The City), Lisa Tse (Sweet Mandarin), Sam Coley (TickX)

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We’re now into a panel about Manchester and it’s role in the tech world.

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Bruce Walker shares a few thoughts after his talk

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Bruce shows us a video from a water event he has played a hand in organising: Hydro Nations India Summit 2017

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Putting purpose at the centre of what you do drives you. Combine purpose with profit.

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A few thoughts from John after his talk:

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At just 19, Bruce travelled from Scotland to Silicon Valley and, after emailing tech leaders, met with eBay, Google and Apple. Never underestimate the simple power of asking.

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Bruce is telling attendees all about his introduction to organising and hosting events

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Our last speaker before lunch is Bruce Walker, Founder of We are the Future

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Most of the dating industry is full of s***t

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Great to hear about how John started with an MVP of a website with a mailchimp form. He said that there’s 100 sign ups he’d give it a go, it got to 70ish but he didn’t like where he was professionally… so it was close enough.

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John has finished his brief overview of M14 Industries and Bristlr and is now taking questions from the audience

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If you run away from failure for long enough… you land up succeeding.

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The @igniteaccel changed my life, and the whole business.

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Im John the founder of @BristlrApp… yes, its a real company.

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We’re back! Now speaking is John Kershaw, CEO of M14 industries and Bristlr

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Plenty of networking taking place during the mid-morning break!

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Alessandro Palladini shared a few thoughts after his WhatNext17 talk.

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Quick Networking Break

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Great and increasingly technical Q&A following Alessandro’s talk. Now discussing Agile vs Waterfall dev processes.

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Bit of a book worm? Alessandro has some recommended reads

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Alessandro is now talking about why he believes the hierarchical organisations we’ve had for the last 50 years don’t work within creative teams.

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When you do not innovate – if you are too stubborn – you will lose your market share.

Alessandro Palladini

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Sometimes, we invent new problems when we invent new stuff.

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Nine out of ten startups fail. Why? Nearly half fail because there’s no market need. Know when the time is right, says Alessandro

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Amy Dickens shares a few thoughts on why events like WhatNext? are so important.

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When you break things, you learn a lot.

Alessandro Palladini
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Alessandro asks: What is innovation?

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Sometimes, it is just about having the right people around you to help you find success.

Alessandro Palladini
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The third speaker is Alessandro Palladini who is the Innovation Team Lead at MUSIC group

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The great thing about errors, is that they return data. And that can help others.

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Error is a good thing. It is a good thing to fail.

Amy Dickens
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Caught up Naomi Timperley for a few seconds for thoughts on her second WhatNext talk in 2 years.

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Amy is now talking about the Able Orchestra, a group of talented musicians she has worked with over the past two years. Check out one of their performances

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The only thing guaranteed in life is change.

Amy Dickens
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Next up is Amy Dickens, Research Student at The Mixed Reality Laboratory

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Do not overcomplicate things when it comes to connecting with people.

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Naomi is talking about her TEDx Normal talk – check it out here

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The audience is really engaged and Noami is inviting a tonne of interactions with the attendees

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Getting a job is not just about having a great degree anymore

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Your attitude speaks volumes

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Someone awesome once said, dont network, build relationships.

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Naomi shares a story of serendipity that involves her mentee Anastasia, watching Fifty Shades on VR at a conference, running across to jump into a panel with top CEOs and realising they’d crossed paths on a metrolink a few days earlier.

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Naomi kicks off by getting the audience to take a moment and introduce themselves to the person sitting to their right.

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First up to speak is Naomi Timperley who is the Co-founder at Tech North Advocates

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The host for today is Helena Habdija who is the Community and Portfolio manager at Dotforge

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The opening talk now by Vojta Petrus who is the President at Manchester Entrepreneurs

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Everyone’s diverging on Manchester’s Comedy Club as the excitement builds up.

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We’re just getting set up here at WhatNext Conference 2017! Looking forward to a great day