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Brexit: How Will It Affect The Urban Entrepreneurial Community?


Are you an urban entrepreneur / SME? Or are you working with this thriving community? Are you concerned about the impacts of Brexit? Do you want to make your voice heard?

The recent EU Referendum has resulted in an intensified feeling of uncertainty amongst the business community both in the UK and further afield. Entrepreneurs who have set their base here in the UK, or hope to do so, are no exception.

Join us for an in-depth round table discussion to share your thoughts and concerns surrounding Brexit and how this will potentially affect the stakeholders you interact with and the impact it could have on your business. This discussion will be an essential opportunity for you to voice your opinion and understand the debates taking place within the broader innovative urban sector, and how this may affect your future business.

The debate will also offer an opportunity for the Future Cities Catapult leadership to share with you our plans and strategy on how we are adapting to this new reality. It will also help us understand how we can best support you.

Individuals ranging from entrepreneurs to academics, cities, facilitators, corporates, governmental bodies and other organisations are welcome to the open discussion.


  • 9:00 – Welcome & Introduction – Peter Madden, Chief Executive Officer, Future Cities Catapult
  • 9:10 – Future Cities Catapult Views  – position and actions:
    Rob Whitehead, Head of Strategy and Business Performance
    Ivor Wells, International Partnerships Manager
    Nadia Echchihab, EU Funding Coordinator
  • 9:30 – Q&A and open discussion
  • 9:50 – Coffee break
  • 10:05 – Open debate with panel of experts:
    Matt Houlihan, Head of Government Affairs, Cisco
    Stefano Tresca, Managing Partner, Startup Home
    Ewa Bloch, UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, Innovate UK
    Dr. Uta Staiger, Executive Director, UCL European Institute
  • 11:35 – Views from other urban stakeholders
  • 11:40 – Networking

*Please note that all timings and/or speakers may be subject to change.

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