Celebrating leeds-based ideas makers with a sold out book launch event

Bec kicked off her book launch last night with a sold out event at Leeds Digital festival. It was an evening packed full of inspiration and advice from local ideas makers.

How to Have a Happy Hustle panel event at Leeds Digital Festival Wednesday 1 May 2019

How to Have a Happy Hustle panel event at Leeds Digital Festival Wednesday 1 May 2019

The panellists – ranging from student to career executive – created side projects in the busyness of their lives. They shared 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.

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Panellists left to right

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.

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.

Bec Evans: author of How to Have a Happy Hustle.

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.

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.

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.