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Are you ready to start your entrepreneurial journey with the NEF? On the 18th January, you will have a chance to hear from inspiring entrepreneurs, see the power of NEF in action and connect with our community.

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation is helping aspiring young entrepreneurs turn their ambitions into reality. Today, we count over 92 live businesses, our NEFers have collectively raised more than £27M in early stage funding and created more than 1000 jobs. For many, the NEF experience has been transformational.

Hear from NEF alumni about their experience starting out as budding entrepreneurs to becoming founders and scaling their businesses. They will be talking about the challenges they faced along the way, how they've overcome them and how they moved from start-up dream to start-up success. They will, of course, also talk about their respective industries as well as the opportunities and challenges they face within their own sector. You'll also have the opportunity to ask for specific advice for an emerging entrepreneur. 

Event details

  • Date: Thursday 18th January (6.30pm – 9.00pm)
  • Venue: Huckletree, 18 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AH
  • Dress code: Smart casual 


  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Arrival & Registration
  • 7.00pm - 7.30pm: Panel discussion 
  • 7.30pm - 7.45pm: Q&A 
  • 7.45pm - 9.00pm: Networking 

The Panel

Speaking and answering your questions on the panel will be the following 3 NEF alumni: 

Annie Coleridge, Business Manager - Thriva Health - Class of 2018 



Annie is a current member of the NEF programme, undergoing her work placement as a Business Manager at Thriva Health. Thriva enables people to get a better understanding of their health over time by providing take at home finger-prick blood tests.

Alongside the placement at Thriva, Annie also takes part in all the NEF programme has to offer - from training workshops and networking events, to personal coaching and business mentoring.

Annie will be joining to panel to share her experiences of what it's like to be on the programme, as well as advice for the application process. 

Alex Somervell, Co-founder - One Third Stories - Class of 2016 



Alex is the co-founder and CEO of One Third Stories, a start-up that creates language learning children's books that start in English and end in a different language.

He was born and raised in Paraguay speaking English and Spanish, moving to the UK when he was 17. Here, he made friends with Jonny Pryn, a friend who had always struggled to learn French at school. Together they co-founded One Third Stories during their time at university.

Alex then joined NEF 2016 and since then, the One Third Stories team has gone on to hustle over half a million pounds in financing, from a dazzling combination of income streams. Alex will be joining us to share his experiences - from starting out, to joining NEF and beyond. 

Edward East, Founder - Billion Dollar Boy - Class of 2012 



Edward is the the founder of Billion Dollar Boy, the next generation influencer media business. Billion Dollar Boy combines creativity, technology and a global network of influencers to publish content and drive engagement across social media at scale.

Prior to founding Billion Dollar Boy, Edward was a member of the NEF 2012 cohort and during his time on the programme did his work placement at Digitas LBi as a Digital Marketing Executive.

Edward will be joining the panel to share his insights on his founder journey, from NEF to the world of influencer marketing. 


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