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A magnet for global talent: why and how do start-ups thrive in Leeds?

About this event

The Leeds City Region is fast becoming the destination of choice for global innovative start-ups. With a supportive ecosystem, diverse sector economy, and user base – more and more entrepreneurs from across the globe are reaping the benefits of developing their high-growth innovative companies here.

Join Nexus (University of Leeds) and our panel of exciting innovators to explore why, and how, Leeds and the City Region is the destination for start-up success.

This session will be chaired by Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer, Culture and Economy – Leeds City Council) and will focus on:

  • Why Leeds is an ideal testbed to scale, innovate and collaborate on new ideas
  • How businesses have benefitted from our innovation strategy and assets
  • How to maximise our diverse sector economy for cross-industry collaboration and innovation
  • How to navigate our rapidly growing innovation and investment ecosystems to build connections for growth
  • The range of support available for ‘soft-landing’ into the UK for international companies


  • Heba Bevan – CEO and Founder, UtterBerry Ltd
  • Kelvin Sheck – Director, Yondar Ltd
  • Ian Macleese – Sr. Director of Human Resources International, Snowflake
  • Barry Singleton, Engagement Officer, Nexus


9:00 - Introduction

9:10 - What does a start-up need from an ecosystem to thrive?

Eve Roodhouse asks Hebe Bevan

9:30 - Panel Discussion

10:00 - Event Close

We’ll also hear from a number of national and international founders. They’ll share their first-hand experience of Leeds as a supportive hub for entrepreneurial activity and growth.

Part or all of this online event may be recorded and shared as part of post-event content online. We will clearly indicate during the session when the recording will commence and end. If you would like to find out more about our recording policy, or opt-out of this activity, get in touch with the team: events@nexusleeds.co.uk

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Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
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    Richelle Schuster

  • Guest speaker
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    Ian McAleese

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    B S

  • Team member
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    Nexus Events

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    Tiffany Sellers

  • Guest speaker
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    Ian Macleese

  • Guest speaker
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    Eve Roodhouse

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    Kelvin Sheck

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    Heba Bevan


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