There's quite a frontier between being an early-stage, seed-funded start-up and operating as an established player. How is that best bridged? How do you remain innovative and agile when scaling from small to significant? How should the many spinning plates be triaged? And how do you transition from being founder to CEO, and your team grow from being jacks to masters?
To explore this rich subject we are inviting 7 carefully chosen members who are the founders of different, non-competing companies in adjacent sectors, all at a comparable stage of growth.
This is a chance for them to dig into these subjects with a group of trustworthy peers, share their knowledge and wisdom, discuss challenges, create new opportunities, pool networks – and feast on a delicious breakfast.
"You must have the advantage of the experience, education, native ability and imagination of other minds" - Napoleon Hill
If you’re invited, we're confident that at the very least we will leave you feeling energised and invigorated with fresh company, new ideas and valuable connections. Our Tables are “doubly curated”, meaning that from within our membership we have handpicked a group who we strongly think ought to meet each other and whose paths might not ordinarily cross.
Further details are set out below.
Themes of the Breakfast
Business in the twenty-first century
The entrepreneurial mindset
At the breakfast
Please arrive promptly, as we will only properly get going once everyone is at the table, and a feast awaits you, thanks to our hosts at The Larder...
We'll kick off with brief introductions, so that you have a sense of the variety of backgrounds and skills at play. Over two delicious courses, we'll then go round the table, giving everyone the chance to speak, listen, question and think.
Kate, the founder of The Hot Breakfast and your host for the morning, will facilitate the event to ensure that obvious connections are drawn out, but what you choose to talk about is entirely your decision.
There's no need to prepare, but please consider that this is an exceptional forum in which to bounce ideas, discuss problems, ask questions and air the issues that are on your mind!
As ever, our conversation takes place under the Chatham House Rule, as well as the two HB House Rules, namely:
No hard-selling. This is not that kind of forum and you're all members so you've all got great ideas by definition - no need to convince anyone.
Please do your best to save your emails and texts for later: it's not only you that your phone distracts.
We'll wrap up on the dot of 9am; please let Kate know in advance if you need to leave earlier as it affects the dynamic of the table.
After the event you'll receive an email with everyone's contact details, and key recommendations that came up in conversation (such as events, organisations, articles etc.) will be shared online.
We will take account of all recorded dietary requirements when preparing the menu for this breakfast. Due to the bespoke nature of the event, seats cannot be transferred - but if you are suddenly no longer able to attend and have an appropriate replacement in mind then do let us know and we'll consider if they will fit in. We are also unable to issue refunds less than 5 days before the event.