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Celebrate a decade of IoD YDF at the Houses of Parliament

07 Nov 2017

This year, the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors Forum (IoD YDF) celebrates its 10th anniversary in the surrounding of our nation’s most recognisable venue, the Houses of Parliament.

Forming part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, this event will explore what the next decade holds in store for entrepreneurs, from Brexit to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

In the OECD report on Entrepreneurship released in September 2017, they noted that there is an upward trend for business creations in almost all major Western economies. Bankruptcies are back to pre-crisis levels, and start-ups make up more than 30% of firms in the UK. All of this is of course incredibly positive, but with Brexit around the corner and the continually accelerating pace of technological advancement and innovation, what are the opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs need to be aware of in the coming years?

To do such a huge and significant question justice, we needed to find a top-quality panel of speakers, and we believe you’ll agree that our confirmed speakers are a uniquely ideal group of people to share their insights and expertise on the future of entrepreneurship:

Lord Karan Bilimoria

As founder and chairman of Cobra beer, the UK India Business Council and Chancellor of Birmingham University, as well as a member of the House of Lords, Lord Bilimoria is perfectly placed to understand the interplay between politics and entrepreneurship. For instance, how will Brexit and other major geopolitical shifts affect entrepreneurship? 

Alan Mak MP

Alan is a Member of Parliament, but also has a background of entrepreneurship himself. Now the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary groups for Entrepreneurship and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), Alan Mak has an incredible insight into what the government is doing to prepare for the business economy of the future. How will advances in Artificial Intelligence affect the ability for start-ups to compete with large established businesses? 

Christian May

As Editor of City AM, London’s most popular daily business newspaper, Christian May is a man with his finger on the pulse. Christian understands the importance of keeping up with current affairs in business and has a unique insight into the relationship between these trends and entrepreneurship in the UK. How do current start-up trends like the Gig Economy affect the entrepreneurship market and what’s on the horizon? Will the Gig Economy go from strength to strength or will it crumble under its own weight? 

What questions would you want to ask this distinguished panel of experts about the future of entrepreneurship? Let us know on social media using the hashtag and we might just ask them!

If you'd like to find out what's in store for entrepreneurs in the coming decade, we invite you to join us at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 16 November. It will also be an ideal opportunity to network with an impressive and diverse group of engaged entrepreneurs, politicians and business leaders in the most exclusive of settings. You can book your tickets here, although spaces are limited, and tickets are selling fast!

For our part, in the coming decade the IoD YDF intends to continue delivering an insightful and diverse range of high quality events, playing a valuable role in bringing insights, highly respected speakers and networking opportunities to the IoD community, giving you and your business a competitive edge in the modern (and future) markets.


Purchase your ticket to the 10th Anniversary celebration of the IoD YDF now! Tickets available at a discounted rate for IoD members

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Arbuthnot Latham YDF event sponsor   

Event sponsored by Arbuthnot Latham and Prism.

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