LEAP's Diverse Entrepreneurs Summit

14 March 2019

On Wednesday 13 March 2019, LEAP hosted the Diverse Entrepreneurs Summit, celebrating entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. The event served as roundup of the roundtables LEAP has been hosting since September with black women, Asian and Middle Eastern and disabled entrepreneurs. The morning was MC’d by journalist and diversity champion June Sarpong MBE, who was able to share her experiences and the importance of diversity and it’s place in London. LEAP member, and small business champion, Simon Pitkeathley, opened the event, delivering a message on behalf on LEAP member Natalie Campbell, celebrating the diversity and LEAP’s commitment to inclusive, good growth for businesses across London.

Throughout the event speakers from different sectors shared their business journeys, as well as advice on how to start and grow your business. Attendees were also able to network with  business support providers, including Newable, Enterprise Nation, British Library IP Centre, London Business Partnership and the London Growth Hub.

Deputy Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal spoke at the event, highlighting the various support programmes the Growth Hub is delivering and plans to implement the recommendations from the roundtables into future programmes. Feedback from attendees was very positive, with those live-tweeting on the day highlighting the ‘great advice’ being shared by ‘inspirational speakers’, calling the event ‘highly inspiring and motivating’ and a ‘fantastic morning… celebrating diverse entrepreneurs’.

As the Mayor of London and LEAP Chair, Sadiq Khan, closed the event, he stated that a key mission of the work do at City Hall is to provide a ‘helping hand’ for all Londoners and to celebrate and promote diversity, especially in business.

View a video summary of the event here.