Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022 brings insight and celebrations
After a full week of entrepreneur-focused events GEW 2022 has come to a close. This being the fifth year that the Digital Greenhouse has organised and run the schedule, it's been a delight to see the wide array of entrepreneurs join to discuss businesses of all sizes and the local venture ecosystem.
Thank you to JT Global for sponsoring Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022
On Monday, Dr Jamie Coleman joined us to discuss the current venture landscape and the blockers that startups and small businesses experience in the face of the disruptions and customer behaviour trends of the last few years. After discussing the changes to the innovation curve in the last few years, we explored customer needs and how to clarify your product or service to discover whereabouts the profits and opportunities in your industry lie for entrepreneurs to enter the field and do something better.
Jamie shared his ideas for navigating the speed bumps and blockers that face all entrepreneurs, the best times to evaluate and pivot and how to ultimately, become a successful business.
At Tuesday's Meet The Experts event, attendees connected with industry professionals from Airtel Vodafone, BDO Guernsey, The Office of Data Protection Authority, Black Vanilla, Islands Insurance and Cherry Godfrey. These connections with industry are vital to local entrepreneurs of all sectors and sizes, to get the knowledge and support they need from the local ecosystem.
Thank you to Airtel Vodafone for supporting this event.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed a packed panel event led by Chris Leaman of Black Vanilla as our industry experts, Lucy Kirby, Director of the Digital Greenhouse, Nichole Culverwell, Director of Black Vanilla and Tim Chilestone of TCS explored and discussed the outcomes of this autumns business support survey.
The survey launched by Digital Greenhouse and Black Vanilla, aimed to understand the challenges and advantages for entrepreneurs setting up a business in Guernsey and what support is needed to foster further growth of local companies. The 50 responses received from local entrepreneurs, showed that 50% of new businesses found access to banking the biggest issue they have faced.
Along with those insights our panel also shared valuable advice to concerns raised by local startups and small businesses, our favourite coming from Tim Chilestone who says 'always keep researching and seeking support! There is always someone who will look to help and support your business. Don't let one setback stop you in your tracks, keep trying!'
The 2022 Véyaon Awards conclude with a night of celebration and cheer for local entrepreneurs who are leading in their industries
After months of hard work and preparation, over 50 businesses and individuals having applied for 7 awards and the difficult shortlisting process the Véyaon Awards has come to a close.
In our black tie award dinner at St Pierre Park, we came together to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in Guernsey by awarding those individuals and businesses who have ‘gone for it,’ in 2022. With awards for startups, scaling businesses, digital disruptors and learners, the evening shone a spotlight on the talent, hard work and innovation taking place in Guernsey's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
We would like to thank our lead sponsor Blenheim Chalcot and our award sponsors, C5 Alliance, Islands trust & Corporate, JT Global, PwC Channel Islands, Resolution IT, Sure Business and TPA.