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6:45pm – Arrival
7:00pm – Talk
7:45pm – Q&A
8:00pm – Social / refreshments
9:30pm – Lighthouse pub
Title: “What you really, really need to get your startup off the ground!”
Speaker: Gary Frank, founder The Fabulous Bakin Boys
“After 5 years’ trading futures on Wall Street, I decided making donuts would be a lot more fun (in truth, the decision was made for me!). But I didn’t’ know anything about starting a business, I didn’t know anything about making donuts, and I didn’t have any money at all. So basically, I had everything I needed to launch my new company!
“The Delicious Donut co opened its doors back in May of 1989 on a small industrial estate in Witney. When we sold it back in 2013, we were the largest independent cake brand in the UK, producing 50,000 assorted bakery snacks per hour on two automated production lines running 24/7. The business employed 120 people, supplied all the major supermarkets and had sales in excess of £20 million.
“There is no magic formula to launching and scaling a startup, but I like to think my story illustrates that if I can do it, then anyone can!
“Gary is currently Executive Chairman at VoCoVo. He setup the Fab Accelerator here in Oxford and also now works with a number of local startups as as mentor, non-exec and angel investor.
Following a Q&A session with Gary, the second half of the evening will be an informal chat where you can meet:
• Fellow inventors of new products
• Startup entrepreneurs
• Angel investors
• Prospective suppliers
It will be a chance to meet private individuals with ‘world-beating’ highly inventive ideas for new commercial products, who are in need of business partners.
It will also be a chance to swap ideas and general advice in a friendly, informal but professional environment and to chat informally with Gary about your particular circumstances.
We look forward to seeing you!
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What is Oxford Inventors Meetup (OIM)?
Oxford Inventors meetup group is primarily for entrepreneurial inventors of new physical products – at whatever stage of development – who are seeking to commercialise their product ideas.
Our aim is to help fellow inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to meet, engage in lively discussion, share candid advice and support each other and thereby make our ideas actually happen.
• Innovators & inventors of new products
• Startup entrepreneurs
• Angel investors (early stage)
• Product designers
…and prospective suppliers such as:
• IP professionals
• Mechanical & software engineers
• Graphic designers
• Marketing professionals and other creative people
We foster professionalism, trust and support.
If any of this sounds like you, come along, have a chat, and join our growing group.
EnSpire Oxford is a University of Oxford initiative to help connect people to the entrepreneurship resources they need, and to promote entrepreneurship across Oxfordshire.
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