Last Thursday the IoD hosted almost 400 entrepreneurs and start-up founders for the IoD 99 Summer Party.
The largest ever 99 event was held in the Carlton Room of 116 Pall Mall, and welcomed 99-ers from all over the country to an evening of networking and micro-pitches, along with a few fun and games.
Director General Stephen Martin welcomed a capacity crowd, before 99 Chairman Alex Mitchell kick-started the half-year celebration of all things entrepreneurial. "It was awesome to that we had managed to easily pack out one of the IoD’s largest rooms with some leading UK start-up talent," he said.
"The buzz was amazing, you could see ideas flowing, and new start-ups being formed. The IoD 99 is a family of founders and the event showed just how special and important this family is to its members."
Over the past year:
- We’ve welcomed 847 amazing new IoD99-ers so far in 2017!
- The past two months have seen highest rate of 99 growth ever! And it’s on track to be a third consecutive month too.
- We're proud to boast a significantly higher number of female founders than the UK average of women on boards.
- In June we took a delegation of members to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit in Berlin.
- Earlier this year we trialled a new event, reversing our micro-pitching dynamic to offer leaders of large corporate businesses the opportunity to pitch problems at our members to help troubleshoot and build working relationships.
Thursday night saw over 30 micro-pitches from 99-ers introducing their start-up projects to their peers in 2-minute, rapid-fire presentations.
Three 99-ers volunteered to take over the Twitter account for the evening to great result, and we also welcomed a fantastic 99-er, public speaking coach and magician Owen Lean, who entertained guests with an array of magic tricks.
The IoD 99 run events all year long up and down the country, encouraging entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up founders and co-founders to engage with the wealth of expertise and experience that is unique to every member.
To learn more about the difference the IoD 99 community can make to your ongoing start-up efforts, click here.