I’m in the train from Manchester to London once again this month … Today Michael Chalfen of Advent who I met 10 years ago when he was at Apax, Jonathan Digginnes of Enterprise Ventures and I were judges on the inaugural Media Festival’s Entrepreneurs Pitch Sessionj - http://themediafestival.com/index.php/
Craig Dwyer who attended more of the conference than I did thought that Baz did a great job pulling some strong presenters and good range of debate. Manchester is growing in importance as an emerging hub of media creativity and production. The BBC is to be an anchor tenant in a major new Media Complex in Salford and is relocating thousands of jobs here from London. My sense is that its probably more TV than music, games and online, but there is a notion of a wider conversation across converging services.
Three interesting companies presented in my session –
World TV – Alex Chive’s “operating system for TV”; I liked him and the company, but felt that it’s a big call to set up a destination – people have their facebook or myspace page, and not sure they’ll have a new network but he’s forging new ground with the monitising of UGC, and seems to have a good sense of how to build a channel – one to watch
People Per Hour - - similar to Pajama Nation – lifestyle business; they are part of the global trend towards Individual Capitalism, but need to build a community and do something more with their credit rating for their freelancers – less marketplace, more community to achieve lock in
SliceThePie – one of ours; David did a brilliant job, and secured 3 thumbs ups!
I met Jonathan and Richard of Rising Stars, and can’t figure out how I missed them during 10 years in this country; we have a very similar philosophy: http://www.rsgf.co.uk
Thursday night I was asked to present the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Growing Business Awards; yet another occasion to dress up J - while Khalid Hussain of PAK Supermarkets, Sandra McClumpha of Fake Bake, Denys Shortt of DCS Europe and Laura Tension of Jo Jo Maman Bebe all were short-listed, I knew that Glen Manchester of Thunderhead would win – what he has done is so extraordinary, he’s in a class of his own. I knew when I sat next to him at a dinner a couple of years ago, that I was dealing with a champion – it sort of blew me away.
Well another week of fighting the good fight on behalf of the UK and Europe’s entrepreneurs folks - if only we could schedule the revolution, it would help a lot if we moved into the majority … time Julie time