Creative Industry, Sports and Digital Businesses in the Midlands

Fri, 31 January 2020 18:00 – 22:00

Boosting the Growth and Competitiveness of BAME Start-ups, Small Businesses and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
About this Event

The creative economy is one of the most dynamic sectors with a powerful transformative force for socioeconomic development and creating employment opportunities. African creative businesses, products and services in the UK are reshaping economic landscape creating and unlocking new growth areas for competitiveness. They interface between economy, culture, technology, and social aspects. To succeed in the current dynamic market place, entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals must rely in addition to other aspects on continuous creativity and innovation, market knowledge, skills, technologies, networking and the ability to seize new opportunities.

Join us at SSCG One Africa Network (OAN) Business Networking Panel Discussion Series where we will discuss opportunities and innovative ideas to harness the success in key industries such as heritage, visual and performance arts, media and functional creations (Fashion, designs, architecture, creative R&D, Digital services).


18:00 Registration and Networking

18:50 Introduction to One Africa Network (OAN)

19:00 Panel Session and Q&A Topics:

  • The creative economy powerhouse: Unlocking untapped opportunities for growth in advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, R&D, software, toys and games, TV and radio, and video games.
  • Reaping the benefits: Breaking down stereotypical and geographical boundaries
  • Accelerating entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity: Capacity and infrastructure
  • Promoting the growth and scale-up of creative industries start-ups and SMEs
  • Access to capital: Investment, funding and grants for creative ideas

20:00 Refreshments and Open Networking


Donald Brown, World Renowned Master Sculptor, CEO of The Global Gallery Limited, and the 2019 four time Gold Medalist for Great Britain. He is the reigning World Masters Champion in the 60m hurdles and Triple European Masters Champion in 100m, 200m and 100 hurdles.

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola, Media Entrepreneur, Digital Journalist and Lecturer and Strategic Lead, Internationalisation of Research(Faculty of Arts, Design and Media), Birmingham City University. Yemisi Akinbobola is a Nigerian media entrepreneur, academic, and co-winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 in sports reporting. She is the co-founder of African Women in the Media group, which was established to foster the needs of female African media content producers.

Dr Charlotte Carey, Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Birmingham City University and Co-chair of the Creative Industries track, ISBE (Institute of small business and entrepreneurship).

Oyinkansola Adebayo, Founder and CEO, Níyó Enterprise, a Development Economist and fmr Programme Controller-Global Physical Logistics, Rolls-Royce Marine.
Tobi Oludayomi, Founder of Studio 14 Digital Product Agency and 2017 BIMA’s 100 most influential players in the UK digital industry nominee.
Nathaniel Keay, Executive Search Consultant, Mesolean Executive Search, Contract and Perm Recruitment for the Sports Business Industry.

Registration required to secure a place to attend the event. Limited spaces available. Early registration recommended to avoid disappointment.



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