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Written by Carpe Diem in Event,

Opus Open House – On a Stick…

Date: 07.10.19 / Time: 6pm-10pm

A panel show unlike any other; for entrepreneurs, high growth businesses and digital transformers.

About this Event

Are you a marketing director or high growth entrepreneur who’s asked for the moon?

Are you a digital creative, a technologist or an investor that’s delivered it?

On a stick… brings to light real-world experiences of success and failure told by those who have asked for the moon or been sold it.


Innovators and Disruptors

John Kershaw - Founder of M14 Industries

John took their beard and dating site Bristlr into The Dragon’s Den and lived to tell the tale. But it’s not all been smooth shaving.

James Bedford - Business Mentor at Tech Manchester

Sharing pitch stories, good and bad, and tips on being investment ready; as Head of Investment Partnerships at TechNation James saw plenty of ‘inventors’ promising the stars and just as many angel investors offering them in return.

//Andy Kaufman’s milk and cookies break//


Chasm Crossers

Anna Heyes - Founder and MD of Active Profile

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (twice), Anna’s agency has supercharged clients since 2004 through PR and Growth Marketing. She was also instrumental in the formation of Baltic Creative and created the Inspired Spaces North project.

Guy Weaver - Director at Praetura Ventures

Whether connecting companies with solutions and providers or investing equity into high growth technology businesses, Guy is an advocate for Northern innovation and recognises the chasm between early and majority adoption.

//Beer and pizza delivery//


Robots in disguise

Atif Mahmood - Founder and CEO of Teacherly

Since accelerating his business as part of the Ignite Manchester cohort in 2016, Atif has raised over £1.5m in funding rounds and is breaking the Middle East market with Teacherly’s EdTech collaboration tools – turning teachers into tea

Sue Wright - MD of Signature Living

Barrister, business founder and now MD of Signature Living; Sue looks after 900 staff, a £30m turnover and a multi-occupancy model with social media activity that swerves advertising fees. But you might want to ask her about boxing for charity.

Lorna Davidson - Founder & CEO of The Mothership Group & RedWigWam

A serial entrepreneur, Lorna’s first successful exit, from in-store brand implementation agency Tactical Solutions, led to the creation of Mothership. She continues to innovate and build with four new launches slated and a Foundation to fund the ideas of others.



Chris Maguire - Founder of iMeg Partnership and Executive Editor at Business Cloud

Chris will MC the whole event which will be no small feat as each panel will add to the last, never leaving the stage, so each voice adds to the last and everyone can be quizzed at the end.

ON A STICK… is an Opus by Carpe Diem Open House event.

Previous events have included speakers from LinkedIn Local, Google Garage, Media Chain (part of the Social Chain group) and WP Engine (the global hosting platform behind WordPress).

As a home for digital creatives and technologists, the Opus community is made up of co-working members, public and private sector partners, including sponsors Yellowbus, and community groups like WAGames.

The brainchild of Bill Carr, Founder of Carpe Diem, Opus sits atop Pyramid Arts Centre – 100 yards from Parr Hall – and is central to the digitisation of Warrington’s Cultural Quarter; a reflection of the sector’s strength locally and the demand for talent and skills to supply positive economic growth.

For more details, contact or call 01925 299842

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