[02.11.23 | 8:30AM - 5:30PM]

Being a Founder is tough – there’s no two ways about it

It’s a misconception that being the CEO/MD/Founder means you don’t have a boss – you have several bosses, except now they’re called customers, clients, investors, staff, accountants…the list goes on.

However, scaling your own tech business can also be exhilarating and a monumental accomplishment.

Our Start-Up / Scale-Up track is specifically designed to provide honest, practical and useful advice to anyone who is currently running their own tech start-up or has plans to. We’ll be hearing from people who have the battle scars and have been there and done it, learning why failing fast and failing first is actually a good thing and most importantly we’ll be putting you in a room with like minded people who are experiencing the same challenges and joys that you are!

Join us to network with other Founders, meet investors, and learn from experts! 


The Agenda

Download the agenda for this year’s leadership day using the link below!

Our Hosts

Tania Rahman

Investment Manager
Praetura Ventures

Ben Davis

Group Marketing Director
Praetura Ventures


Discover our lineup of thought and tech leaders. Click the speakers below to explore this years talks. 

Leigh Chase


"Clarity of Purpose for Technologists - the Importance of Knowing What We’re All Supposed to be Doing"

Susan Engel


"From startup mode to maturity"

Simon de Timary


"AI post deployment - what happens when the machine does what we want it to?"

Pedro Varela


"AI post deployment - what happens when the machine does what we want it to?"

Andy Molineux

Kraken Flex

"Growing a hackathon to the size of a nuclear reactor"

Luke Lattimer-Rogers

MoneySupermarket Group

"QA Champions and getting off the manual treadmill"

Patrick Smith


"Building the next unicorn in Manchester"


Support for Founders

Alice Pickersgill

Exchange at Department

Will Sarjant

Burda Principal Investments

Ste Bergin

Speaker Incoming


Support for Founders

Rob Bowley

Pragmatic Partners

Chris OConnor

Aptitude Software

Austin Sheppard

Austin Sheppard

Purchase your pass

Secure your spot at our festival! Purchase your festival pass now and be a part of an unforgettable experience that promises to inspire, educate, and connect you with leading experts from Manchester’s tech scene and beyond..

Explore our ticket options: 


Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE

When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths on Hathersage Road, Manchester, was described as “the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country” and “a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud.” After the baths closed, The Friends of Victoria Baths charitable trust restored the venue which is used as our main venue for the festival. 

Evening Social

Our evening social offers the perfect setting to forge new connections, exchange insights, and build valuable relationships within the tech community. With a vibrant atmosphere, delicious refreshments, and opportunities to engage with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and like-minded enthusiasts, this evening social is the ideal platform to relax, unwind, and expand your professional network.

Join us for an evening of networking and drinks  straight after the conference at:
Abel Heywood, 38 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ
North Taproom, 2 Nobel Wy, Manchester M1 7FA