Tech and creative start-ups and entrepreneurs invited to inaugural ‘Upstream’ event

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Local entrepreneurs, business start-ups, and those looking to launch their business ideas will have a chance to network and share ideas at Hammersmith & Fulham Council's inaugural 'Upstream' event. 

On Wednesday 24 May, in the MediaWorks building at White City Place, there will be an in-conversation-style event featuring big names from businesses with a footprint in the borough.

Sophie Devonshire, entrepreneur and local resident who will chair the event, said: “I like to think of Hammersmith & Fulham as being the birthplace of innovation and invention, with a long heritage in the arts, too. I’ve lived in the borough for many years and am delighted to help the Upstream initiative build a network of like-minded tech and creative people.”

The 'Upstream' initiative was launched by H&F Council in March. Events under its banner will bring together those who work in the technology and creative sectors within the borough, as part of the plan to make Hammersmith & Fulham the best place to business in Europe.

Tobias Alpsten, CEO and founder of health tech scale-up iPLATO; Annie Krukowska, Programme Director of accelerator BBC Worldwide Labs; and Andrew Lynch, COO and co-founder of co-working company Huckletree are all on the bill.

Tobias Alpsten who founded health-tech scale-up iPlato, which is based in Hammersmith added: “This is a great opportunity for anyone who works in technology to connect with others locally”.

Discussion will centre on how founders decide on their values at the outset, how values are maintained as they grow, if and how values evolve, and what employees can do to influence their company’s values.

This evening will be of interest to anyone leading or working in start-ups or scale-ups, those who want to champion a more entrepreneurial style of working in a large company, for those with entrepreneurial ambitions who haven’t yet taken the plunge, and for all who want to get to know other entrepreneurs in the area.

It also offers an opportunity to view the new MediaWorks space at White City Place.

Andrew Lynch, COO of co-working company Huckletree, which will be opening its doors later this year in White City, said: “This borough is clearly the place to be for thought leaders across the tech, fashion, media and lifestyle industries. That's why we are so delighted Huckletree West is a new addition to the landscape.”

The conversation will be led by Sophie Devonshire, entrepreneur and author of Superfast: How to Lead at Speed (released later this year).

Upstream: Founding Values, 6.30 to 9pm on Wednesday 24 May, at MediaWorks, White City Place, London W12 7TP.

For information on attendance, and to reserve your place, contact Move.Upstream@lbhf.gov.uk.

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