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23 MAY 2024 @ THE CONDUIT COVENT GARDEN

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A better tomorrow.

Starting today.  

Get ready to meet the best and brightest young minds around. The next generation of entrepreneurs, rewriting the rulebook and putting purpose above profits. This isn’t your typical conference. This is a celebration of fresh thinking. A coming together of the inspirational and influential to reshape the world through trailblazing enterprises. 

You’ll learn about game-changing innovations from those acting today to create a fairer, more sustainable tomorrow. And there’ll be renowned speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions and unrivalled networking opportunities, helping you spark your own ideas and grow your contacts book. Don’t want to miss out? Book now to guarantee your place.

Members £15 | Students £15 | Non-members £35

What’s included in the price?

Did we mention the complimentary cocktails? When we say this will be a celebration we mean it. Here’s what’s included:

  • An after party, including DJ set
  • Canapés and drinks reception
  • Cocktails and mocktails (on the house, of course)
  • Tea and coffee throughout
  • Networking opportunities

About the Awards

Many young, impact-led entrepreneurs lack the mentorship, support and funding they need to take their idea to the next level. These awards – held in partnership with the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA) – aim to change that, recognising and supporting remarkable visionaries aged between 18 and 28.

The winners will receive up to £20,000, as well as mentoring from industry experts and complimentary membership to The Conduit.

There’ll be one winner in each of the following categories:
  
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SPONSOR

Amazon Web Services

If you’d like to partner for this year’s award, enquire below.

Agenda

Afternoon

13:00 – 14:00

REGISTRATION

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14:00 – 14:05

WELCOME ADDRESS

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14:05 – 14:35

OPENING KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

An inspiring talk by a renowned changemaker, highlighting the power of individual action.

Explore Speaker Profiles

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14:35 – 15:20

WHAT’S STOPPING US? UNLOCKING THE POWER OF YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS

From the climate crisis to social inequality, a new generation of purpose-driven, tech-savvy entrepreneurs are tackling the world’s most pressing challenges head on. But against a backdrop of ongoing economic and geopolitical uncertainty, their enterprises are increasingly under strain.

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15:20 – 16:00

THE SHOWCASE

The nine finalists of this year’s Conduit Young Innovator Awards present their trailblazing innovations.

Evening

16:00 – 16:50

COFFEE BREAK x SPEED NETWORKING

An opportunity to connect with fellow changemakers, share ideas and build relationships.

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16:50 – 17.05

LIGHTNING TALK: THINK LIKE AN ACTIVIST

Explore Speaker Profiles

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17:05 – 17:25

FIRESIDE CHAT: USING STORIES TO CHANGE SYSTEMS

This session explores how to craft a campaign strategy, influence the way people think and change the way society works.

Explore Speaker Profiles 

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17:25 – 18:10

AWARDS CEREMONY

We announce the winners, recognising the three stand-out individuals and organisations driving positive change.

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18:10 – 19:30

AFTER PARTY

14:05 – 14:35

Opening Keynote Interview

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VICTORIA PREW | Co-author, The Activist Leader

Victoria Prew is an award-winning entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of fashion rental platform HURR. Recognised as Forbes 30 Under 30, Victoria sits within the 2% of women who have received venture capital funding, raising $10M for the HURR business to date. 

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14:35 – 15:20

What’s Stopping Us? Unlocking The Power Of Young Changemakers

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ESSIE NORTH | CEO, Big Change

Essie North is CEO of Big Change, launched in 2012 to rethink how charity can be a catalyst for positive systemic change. Big Change’s mission is to transform the way we support the next generation through backing the pioneers that are thinking differently about how we set young people up to thrive in life, not just in exams. Essie has overseen the organisation’s implementation of a new approach to venture philanthropy and the bringing together of an extraordinary community to drive change. She is a big believer that education is everyone’s business and has been uniting a cross sector group of leaders who are accelerating the path to system change by ‘Reimagining Education Together’. Prior to Big Change, Essie led the global research and consulting practice on communications and change at the Corporate Executive Board, and is a trained business coach with a background in psychology. 

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RUBY RAUT | Founder and CEO, WUKA

Ruby is the trailblazing CEO and founder of WUKA, the UK's fully leak-proof reusable period pants, replacing the need for single-use pads and tampons. WUKA, a B-Corp Certified business, stands for "Wake Up Kick Ass" and aims to empower everyone who menstruates by improving access to quality, sustainable period products, eliminating period poverty, and challenging the taboos and stigma around periods. Named Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2022 Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Ruby successfully campaigned to change the law and make period underwear VAT-free, further advancing menstrual care accessibility. To date WUKA has served over half a million periods, saving over two billion pads and tampons from going to landfill. 

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16:50 – 17:05

Lightning Talk: Think Like An Activist

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JON MILLER | Co-author, The Activist Leader

Jon Miller left an award-winning career in advertising to establish the Sustainable Business practice at Brunswick Group, which has been working for over a decade with leading companies on their critical societal issues – from climate change and biodiversity to human rights and DEI. He is also the founder of Open For Business, a coalition of global companies campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights in countries hostile to LGBTQ+ people. He is a co-author, with Lucy Parker, of The Activist Leader: A New Mindset for Doing Business, described by Paul Polman as “A must read for all current and aspiring leaders”. 

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17:05 – 17:25

Fireside Chat: Using Stories To Change Systems

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SHAFAT KHAN | Partnerships & Storytelling Manager, Ashoka

Shafat is focussed on supporting young changemakers across the country and surfacing untold stories to create more equitable narratives in society. Shafat has a background in building programs to activate changemaking journeys, facilitating ideation sessions, marketing and communications, having worked at various startup organisations as well as being a founder himself.

Past Winners

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KATIE HODGETTS

The Resilience Project (Climate: Winner)  

Katie Hodgetts, founder/director the Resilience Project, fortifying a generation of resilience changemakers.  

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SARA BERKAI

Ambessa Play (Education: Winner & People’s Choice)

Ambessa Play founder, creating educational DIY kits for children. 

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ZAK MARKS

Kitt Medical (Social Justice & Inclusion: Winner)

Co-founder of Kitt Medical, supporting those living with severe allergies. 

 

AWARD PARTNERS:  

STRATEGIC PARTNER:

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CRITERIA

Our Thematic Areas

  • The ideas should be feasible and scalable.   
  • They should be sustainable and financially viable over time.   
  • They should address any perceived risks associated with lending to or investing in refugee initiatives.   
  • They should be inclusive and accessible to all refugees, regardless of their background or circumstances.   
  • They should be aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   
  • The ideas should be safe, secure, and affordable.   
  • They should be accessible to all refugees, regardless of their background or circumstances.      
  • They should be in areas with access to essential services, such as schools, hospitals, and jobs.   
  • They should be designed to promote social inclusion and integration.   
  • They should be sustainable and environmentally friendly.   
  • The ideas should be relevant to the needs of refugees and the labour market.   
  • They should be accessible to all refugees, regardless of their background or circumstances.   
  • They should be tailored to the specific needs of different groups of refugees, such as women, children, and people with disabilities.   
  • They should be delivered in a way that is culturally sensitive and inclusive.   
  • They should be linked to opportunities for employment and further training.   
  • The ideas should promote inclusive employment practices that benefit all refugees, regardless of their background or circumstances.   
  • They should address the challenges refugees face in finding employment, such a lack of language proficiency, absence of social and professional networks, as well as transportation and childcare challenges. 
  • They should provide refugees with the skills and training they need to find and keep jobs.   
  • They should help refugees to connect with employers and build networks.   
  • They should promote the economic integration of refugees into host communities.   
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GATHERING CHANGEMAKERS

The Conduit is a collaborative community of people committed to creating a just, prosperous and sustainable future.

DISCLAIMER

Please note that this event will be recorded and photographed. By attending this event, you consent to being photographed, filmed and recorded (“Recordings”). You further consent to The Conduit, and its assigns’ use of your name and your appearance and voice as captured by these Recordings, in any and all media, worldwide, for any purpose in connection with this event, including promotion of this event.