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Can community power your business?

How to create a community around your business – and why you should.

Meet the people who’ve faced the isolation of running their own business – and overcome it – by creating new ways of working and networking.


Free local food, drinks and inspiration
6.00pm – Doors open, welcome drinks including local craft beer
6.30pm – Introduction from our host, Angelica Malin
6.45pm – First keynote – Gabriela Hersham
7.00pm – Second keynote – Tobi Oredein
7.15pm – Panel and Q&A – hosted by Angelica
7.45pm – Networking, with nibbles from Emily Eats
9.00pm – Home time

In two keynotes, a panel session and Q&A, you’ll discover:

How to find a community that’s right for your business
How to build a network to support and grow your business
How business communities are changing
What networks already exist (and which ones should)
And why people running businesses should look for local communities as well as digital tribes

Angelica Malin
Founder of About Time Magazine, Angelica spearheads the business side of the magazine, running a team of 90 writers in 30 countries, with a global audience of over 75,000.

Angelica will also host our panel of local Hackney founders and business owners who will join our keynote speaker as we discuss the question:

What is the business case for your brand being part of a community?

Tobi Oredein
Co-founder of Black Ballad, a magazine and community aimed at elevating the voices of black and mixed-race women in the UK, Tobi has previously spoken for TEDx, BBC 1Xtra and The Debrief.

Gabriella Hersham
Huckletree founder Gabriela, brought the idea of shared spaces to London. She offers insights and advice on combating the isolation often experienced by people who run their own businesses.

Douglas Raconzier
Enterprise Development Manager, Hackney Co-operative.

Emily Woollcombe-Adams
Founder of Emily Eats.

Alastair Moore
Founder of We Are Pop UP, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
at UCL.