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Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man

Founders’ Feast - 15 May

Conference & late programme - 16 May

ISLEXPO – the Isle of Man’s most prominent business conference/networking event/start-up festival will take place on Wednesday 16 May at the Villa Marina. It is free to attend and open to all business-minded individuals, from entrepreneurs to well-established global players.

In 2016, the inaugural ISLEXPO welcomed an adventurous and curious business community. Together we celebrated the remarkable entrepreneurial spirit of the Isle of Man with ‘START’ as our theme. In 2017, the theme shifted from ‘START’ to ‘GROW’ and everything about the event quite literally grew – the number of attendees increased to an impressive 1,700 delegates, 200 came along from the UK and overseas and everyone walked away with palpable knowledge about how to successfully grow a business on the Isle of Man.

In 2018, our concentrated programme will focus on what makes the Isle of Man a top location for local and global businesses to call home with ‘LOCATE’ as our theme. Quality of life, favourable business climate, supportive government initiatives and healthy work-life balance will be on the agenda as we explore the many benefits of living, working and rooting a business on the Isle of Man.

The event will open with the Founders’ Feast on Tuesday evening. Wednesday hosts an action-packed day of talks, live pitching, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, fireside chats and networking events with insightful speakers including:

  • Dan Germain - founding member and Group Head of Brand and Creative at innocent drinks
  • Thimon de Jong –this year’s futurist, formerly Director of Insight and Strategy at TrendsActive
  • Matt Alder – HR guru and one of the world’s leading talent acquisition thought leaders
  • Emma Gannon – blogger, author, consultant and podcast host for British Glamour, the Telegraph, Teen Vogue and CTRL, ALT, DELETE.

The event closes with on Wednesday evening with a lively celebration of the island, with local food and drink, live music, night-time networking and entertaining talks.

A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are on offer for 2018, making it possible for businesses of all sizes to take part in the Island’s biggest and most varied business event. Download the ISLEXPO 2018 Sponsor Pack for details.

To find out more about ISLEXPO 2018, and this year’s sponsorship opportunities, and to register to attend ISLEXPO, please visit www.islexpo.com. Registration is free and provides full access to the all-day conference on Wednesday (16 May) and late programme starting at 5pm.

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