On Wednesday December 1st, 2010 we will be holding our 11th Kitchen Dinner
The Special Big Kitchen Dinner 2010
The formula is simple: 85 leading, founding and investing women and men will get together for a veritable feast of culinary delights and fine wine in a carefully selected venue in London for three inspiring keynotes and the chance to exchange ideas with the whole party.
Engage in conversation with fellow internet leaders and heroes over prosecco and canapés, followed by wine and a three-course meal.
The venue is great, spacious, modern with a huge kitchen, it's in West-London and we tell you if yo book your ticket.
Spaces are limited and always sell out quickly so ensure you book quickly. Early bird tickets are discounted at £75 until 9th November and cost £100 there after.
We look forward to seeing you all at this year's Special Big Kitchen Dinner.
In Cooperation with Astia & The Prince's Trust
Carol Savage, Founder of MyDish.co.uk and Winner of BBC Dragon's Den.
MyDish is a Recipe sharing network where people can search, store and share homemade recipe ideas with family and friend's everywhere - Facebook for Foodies. Its main objective is to be an interactive hub for food lovers on the web.
Carol won backing from Deborah Meaden on BBC Dragon's Den in August 2009, and has since proved most other Dragon's wrong about her potential to attract sponsors and advertisers and reaching profitability. She recently signed a partnership with Tesco that will support the site's traffic growth from several thousand unique visitors to over 5M users. They have reached profitability by licensing the software as a white label tool for corproate clients like BT and Axa, and through merchandising, selling personalised cookbooks and calendars.
She will be talking about her journey, from recession to building a successful social media platform, and her plans to grow the business at global level and compete with US-based competitors.
Lena Björck founded Inn or Out in 1995, alone in a foreign country with no computer or financial backing. She began cooking at home and delivering food via the London Underground, with family from Sweden sending over printed menus.
A key turning point was a £2500 loan from the Prince's Trust – enabling her to buy a computer and a van and the business has not looked back since. Inn or out have kept up very close ties with the Prince's Trust, catering for many fundraising events - including Party in the Park - sponsoring prizes and mentoring students. This has been a familiar pattern as the company has grown, with many early clients still firm friends and loyal customers.
With wheels on the road and a computer behind the scenes, Lena set about growing the business. Before long the business outgrew Lena's warehouse-style apartment and Inn or Out then spent seven years in the heart of the city, before moving operations to a much larger base in Bermondsey, from where they continue to cater for events as diverse as small, intimate dinners at home to Rolls-Royce at the Paris Air Show.
Lena’s Awards to date:
Inspiration Award 2007 - Runner up, "London's Most Inspirational Entrepreneur"
Orange "Small is Beautiful" Award 2003 - Runner up, "Best Customer Satisfaction"
The Business Excellence 2001 Award - Winner Docklands Business Club
Business Woman of the Year 2001 - East London Business Award
Docklands Business Award 1999 - Finalist, "The Company of Tomorrow"
Woman into Business Award 1999 - Winner, Small Business Bureau
The Prince's Youth Business Trust Award - Finalist, "Best Customer Service"
Blue Ribbon Award 1998 - Runner up
Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Clark University in 1993. She received her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in 1998, and earned her Masters in Tax & Estate Planning from the University of Miami. She then practiced law for 8 years as a tax and estate planning attorney for high net worth individuals. She experienced on a daily basis the stress and confusion managing personal finances caused her clients and frequently heard their concerns about their children’s ability to achieve financial independence.
Lisa left her career in law in 2007 with a vision for a banking service that would empower young people with tools and resources to learn, earn, save, spend, and give wisely and safely. Kiboo was created to address a critical need for financial services in the teen and young adult market, it has raised $700,000 from UK Super Angel Nigel Wray this summer and is planning a public launch in Q1 2011.
About The Prince's Trust Women Leadership Group (WLG):
The Prince's Trust Women's Leadership Group is an innovative fundraising initiative which sets out to concentrate the economic, financial and political power of successful women in the UK to help disadvantaged women transform their lives through education and enterprise.
Since its inception in 2006, the dedicated membership of leading, influential women have raised £2.5 million and have developed and delivered 6 Prince's Trust projects as a direct result of the money. To maintain the incredible momentum seen over the last few years, they are looking to recruit more similarly dedicated women to join the group. Each member is asked to commit financially in order to become a member of the WLG, granting them access to exclusive networking events at some of the country’s most prestigious locations, and unique volunteering opportunities.
Astia is a global non-profit organisation that provides innovative programmes to exceptional women-led start-ups. Head-quartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programmes for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, London and, from later this year, India. Astia is well positioned to work with startups around the World as they access capital, grow their businesses and develop the leadership of the founding team.
The Astia model of engaging a community of experts to the benefit of the select start-ups it serves has resulted in an exceptional success rate; since 2003:
- Over $600 Million raised by companies enrolled
- Over 57% of companies presenting at Astia Investors Forums have achieved funding or an exit within one year of the programme
- 20 presenting companies have secured an exit, including 2 IPOs
Photos of Last Year's Special Big Kitchen Dinner in Notting Hill
Testimonials from our previous events:
"What an inspiring set of ladies. It was great to share thoughts with like-minded entrepreneurs"
"The concept is great and I'll certainly be recommending you"
"What a fabulous setting for en enjoyable evening of networking"
"This was one of the evenings to never forget"
"What a magical evening"
"I was thrilled to meet so many fantastic people."
"I enjoyed making new and great contacts"
"Wonderful networking, amazing food, wonderful place"
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