How to make your ideas happen - launch Event at leeds digital festival

Do you have an idea but don’t know where to start?  Held back by lack of time to get it off the starting blocks?  Worried you don’t have the skills or experience to make it a success?

Then this event as part of Leeds Digital Festival is for you. Come along and find out how to have ideas and make them happen - and enjoy the process. 

Celebrating the launch of her book How to Have a Happy Hustle: the complete guide to making your ideas happen Bec Evans will host an evening of inspiration from Leeds-based ideas makers.

The panellists – ranging from student to career executive – created side projects in the busyness of their lives. They will share stories of success and setbacks on the path to making ideas happen, including:

  • How to find the time to work on new ideas

  • Getting started and getting your ideas into the world

  • Finding your first ‘fans’ and how to grow an audience

  • Setbacks and how to bounce back from failure

  • Most importantly how to keep going – and keep happy.

You'll get practical advice, expertise and inspiration from: 

Jem Henderson: entrepreneur engagement manager in Yorkshire for Tech Nation which helps ambitious tech entrepreneurs as they start, scale and grow. She is a business woman in her own right, runs a successful consultancy, and founded a digital incubation hub in Harrogate.

Ashley Ross: while studying International Business and Marketing at the University of Leeds, Ashley was selected to complete the Year in Enterprise for 2018/19 for gender-neutral clothing business, identiTee, which aims to reduce bullying and support minority groups.

Andy Salkeld: PWC trained chartered accountant, financial director and investor in a startup. He was diagnosed with depression in 2015 and now gives keynote talks on ‘Breaking the Stigma’ of mental health in the professions, supporting mental health charities across the UK.

Mike Stephens: co-founder of Ayup Digital, a Tech for Good studio based in. He co-founded Happy Valley Pride, Hebden Bridge’s first LGBT pride festival, he is CTO of Eva Physio - an startup exploring AI remote diagnosis, and is studying MSc Health Informatics at UCL.

Gemma Stow: founded The F Movement to empower ambitious women to become the version of themselves that their business or work demands. As a former probation officer and director of an education centre, Gemma uses her previous career to help clients work through challenging behaviours.

Event is hosted by RSM, based on the 5th Floor of Central Square, 29 Wellington Street. Doors open at 5.30 with a drink reception. Book your tickets on Eventbrite.