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Nott Tuesday 16th September: K-Factors

Following the success of our founder series of talks over the last year we are going to make this a permanent fixture in the Nott Tuesday diary with regular talks from tech entrepreneurs. For this months talk we have another highly successful local tech serial entrepreneur and startup investors, Andrew Porter, who’s been there and done it!


Andrew Porter

Andrew’s got almost 30 years experience in IT, starting before the Internet even too root. He’s seen the computing industry change and evolve over the years. Andrew’s built and exited from two successful start-ups, driving revenue growth from a zero base to exit. He’s now a Non-executive Director at Sportingnation, a secondary school web app, where he’s helping them to drive strategy, branding and sales. Next Tuesday Andrew will share with you what he has learnt from all his experience and the key factors needed to build a successful business.


This is the next talk in our Founder series where we get to hear form tech entrepreneurs, their stories and what they have learnt, scars and all. This should be an excellent talk hearing from the experiences of another local successful serial tech entrepreneur, who’s been there and got the t-shirt!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 16th September

Speaker: Andrew Porter: Key (K)-Factors

Q&A: topics raised

Nott Tuesday 19th August: Leadership


Our speaker for August is Adam Harris from Transmentum. Adam is a serial tech entrepreneur, public speaker, University guest lecturer and a Business Coach working with growth companies. Adam’s also been a Institute of Directors (IoD) Finalist Director of the Year several times



Adam will deliver a 45 minute Workshop to help you understand of what you need to do to be a successful leader and you will take away your own personal assessment and action plan to grow your business.

Aims of the workshop:

  1. Discover the 7 core tasks that you must command in order to steer your business growth
  2. Learn how to define where your business is now and where it needs to go
  3. Take away a personal action plan on how you can achieve the 7 core tasks of a business leader determined to grow and expand a business


So, to summarise: Adam Harris on Leadership


18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 19th August


Speaker: Adam Harris


Q&A: topics raised






Nott Tuesday 15th July: User needs copy

For our July 2014 talk we have copywriter Christine Cawthorne give a talk on user needs. 


Christine is a copywriter with a background in journalism at the BBC. She is currently working on the GOV.UK project training government departments and agencies how to write for the web. Christine runs Crocstar, a copywriting agency based in Derby, that offers web copy, social media management, and training in both.

The talk is about how ‘user needs’ affect both your website and your business. What are user needs? How do you capture them and what do you do with this information? Taking a look at how the government has transformed its website by putting the user first, Christine will look at how you can apply the same principles to your website.

So, to summarise: Christine Cawthorne on User needs

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 15th July


Q&A: topics raised


Beers from space

Catapult Venture Managers have kindly agreed to buy you your 1st beer or drink at next Tuesday’s ‘Spaced out!’ talk.

The talk is looking at new tech opportunities on satellite navigation, positioning, timing and location based technologies.

Beer from space

PS>The talk will held at Antenna, Nottingham (not on the Moon!)

Catapult is an independent venture capital fund manager which specialises in the provision of equity capital.

Thanks Catapult!!

Nott Tuesday 17th June: Spaced out!

We have an exciting next Nott Tuesday with an out of space theme on the 17th of June. You may not know but we have here, in Nottingham, one of Europe’s leading geospatial research centres and they have kindly agreed to come and tell us all about new tech opportunities in space!!

broadcasting satellite

Tech entrepreneurs now have acess wealth of data and imagery coming online from new space missions to create a new, space-based industry. GRACE (GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence) is part of the NGI (Nottingham Geospatial Institute) at the University of Nottingham. GRACE is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies. They are here to help businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to take advantage of satellite navigation, positioning, timing and location based technologies.

We will have three condensed presentations on the 17th, including a tech startup who’s leveraging satellite data:

  1. Doug Watson - talking about new exciting developments in space data – and how the Catapult can support tech companies
  2. Mark Hapgood – setting up a space based business
  3. Stephen Fuller – support available for space-based tech companies at the Uni – there is a new Centre of Excellence for the East Midlands starting at The University of Nottingham focused on satellite applications and called EMBRACE.

If your are wondering where the next final frontier is for online data and where to find new business opportunities, this maybe just the ticket!

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 17th June

Speakers: Doug Watson, Mark Hapgood, Stephen Fuller

Q&A: topics raised


Nott Tuesday 20th May: Greed Gene

For May’s talk we welcome serial tech entrepreneur, investor and new Director of Nottingham’s Next Business Gneration programme, Aamir Butt. For over 20 years Aamir has founded numerous startups and helped many others. In this time he’s learnt a thing or two – what works and doesn’t in creating successful startups. Aamir will be sharing his experiences, learnings and obsevations on how to turn on the Greed Gene to be a successful entrepreneur.


Aamir highlights research that on average 4 to 6 failures are needed before startup success kicks in. Of course, its not always the case but failure is more prevalent than succeses. Aamir will discuss how successful entrepenurs are made through focusing on the customers problem, solution, being exceptional and turning on the greed gene. Aamir will talk about his learnings from each of his company’s and why a greed focus can reduce startup failures to maybe only 1 or 2!! 


Aamir Butt

This is the next talk in our Founder series where we get to hear form tech entrepreneurs, their stories and what they have learnt, scars and all. Click here to see Aamir LinkedIN profile and details all his startupsThis should be a great talk hearing from the experiences of a successful serial tech entrepreneur.

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 21:00 at Antenna, Nottingham 20th April

Speaker: Aamir Butt: Greed Gene

Q&A: topics raised



Nott Tuesday 15th April: Thinking Lean

For April’s talk we have Toby Reid, former startup founder and now Director Next Business Generation startup accelerator programme, who will be overviewing learn startup thinking, discussing how their using lean at NGB and how lean can help you.

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The aim of NBG is to  create more, better quality startups in Nottingham across the city’s three key sectors including digital. They are helping early stage startups in their formation and providing them with lots of on-going support. The programme is funded by Nottingham City Council and central government.

Toby’s not new to startups having had his own with Heath Reid, and helping other startups over many years by running Growth Investment Network East Midlands and Toby’s talk will:

  • Give an short outline of lean start-up thinking and evidence based entrepreneurship.
  • Common startup mistakes including his own, others and a discussion on how avoid repeating these.
  • Overviewing the business model canvass and how NBG startups are using this approach.
  • Discussion how lean can be applied in practice.

We’d like a lively interactive discussion on lean thinking and it would great if you can share your use of lean, new business ideas, or problems you’ve had with lean at the talk. Its an excellent place to bring these up with all Toby’s experience of lean in practice.


Think lean is child’s play…

We’d had past Nott Tuesday lean talks include me (Nick Barker) in 2013 on ‘Learning to pivot with Lean’ and from Joel Gascogne in 2010 on ‘Startups keeping it lean’ on BufferApp. This talk should be really interesting because NBG are helping lots of startups use and learn from lean thinking.

So, to summarise:

18:30 – 20:30 at Antenna, Nottingham 15th April (NOTE 3rd TUESDAY NEW DATE!)

Speaker: Toby Reid: Thinking Lean

Q&A: topics raised






University tech talk

Later this month, on the 23rd April, The University of Nottingham are holding a technology entrepreneurship talk between 5.30pm – 6.45pm.

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Professor Simon Mosey will be sharing some of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship research and showing that technology entrepreneurs are not unique individuals that can see the future.

Rather technology entrepreneurship is where diverse teams  try out many different possibilities, most of which will be unsuccessful. Simon will be showing how these skills can be learnt.

The format for the event is as follows:

5.30pm – Registration and light refreshments
6.00pm – Introduction by Professor Martin Binks
6.05pm – Seminar commences
6.45pm – Networking and buffet

Venue: LT2, The Exchange, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB.

Click here for more details

The Science of Entrepreneurship conference

Next week Next Business Generation is holding a Science of Entrepreneurship conference at BioCity, in Nottingham on the 27 March 2014 from 12.00pm – 8.00pm.

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They have a range of keynote speeches, workshops and networking opportunities, this event offers delegates the opportunity to learn about the developing approaches to launching new businesses, products and services which are based on ‘lean startup’ and ‘evidence-based entrepreneurship’.

The event is aimed at anyone interested in the developing approaches to launching new businesses including established/ serial entrepreneurs, universities (tech transfer offices and departments of entrepreneurship), early stage investors, large corporate’s and economic development policy makers.

Delegates will be able to debate and discuss the application of  ‘lean startup’ and ‘evidence-based entrepreneurship’ to areas outside of digital tech (online products and services) such as life sciences and engineering. We’ll also explore case studies and evidence of the successful application of these approaches.

This year’s speaker line-up includes the Senior Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation, Ted Zoller; Peter Torstensen, Chief Executive Officer of Accelerace Denmark and also Toby Reid, Director of BioCity Nottingham and Next Business Generation.

Click here to find out more on the NBG website


New monthly date

IMPORTANT: For those that have not already heard – we’ve moved Nott Tuesday from the 2nd Tuesday of each month to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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This will take effect from this month and therefore the next Nott Tuesday will be on the 18th of March, rather than tonight the 11th of March. This month’s speaker is Mark Shaw talking about Your Brand Values