It’s time to fill your diary to bursting with events for 2012

Philip Salter
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FOLLOWING in the successful footsteps of StartUp America we have StartUp Britain: “A national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.” It has just unveiled StartUp 2012: The Enterprise Calendar (, which aims to be “a new resource to help entrepreneurs find inspiration through enterprise events and initiatives around the country”. Although a bit rough around the edges, it could and should form an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs.

Taxpayers can rest easy, although the government backs StartUp Britain, it is the sponsors – AXA, Dell, Intuit, PayPal, Intel and X.commerce – that are stumping up the hard cash for this. The crucial dates in the calendar are 9-16 March: Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool ( Below, Jonathan Ortmans, the chair and founder of GEC sets out his vision for the event. Other key dates for the diary include:

● 18-20 March: Business 2012, The O2, London,

● 10 May, Real Business: The Entrepreneurs’ Summit, The Lancaster Hotel, London,

● 21 May-2 June, Digital Shoreditch, East London,

● 17-18 May: Business Startup Show 2012, Excel London,

● 19-21 September: MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, City Hall, Sheffield,

● 2-13 October: Youth Enterprise Live, Earls Court, London,

● 12-18 November Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nationwide,

Ongoing events worth checking out include:
● Intuit Financial Fitness Programme,

● StartUp Saturday, startup-saturday-2012

● Web Fuelled Business Initiative,

● Mentorsme,, and Get Mentoring,

This is just the tip of the iceberg. With so many interesting events, budding entrepreneurs might struggle to find time to actually set up their business.