How a business conference became a business festival?
EXSE2021 launched recently, offering Essex-based businesses a chance to share their stories, learn from each other and showcase their innovative products and services to a global audience.
The BEST Growth Hub has announced that Essex’s first ever ‘virtual’ business festival ‘ExSE’ will take place between 11th and 13th May 2021.
EXSE – East by Southeast (www.exse.co.uk).
This good news story started back in early 2020 following the success of the annual BEST Growth Hub show at Hylands House in Chelmsford.
Growth Hub Manager Jonny Birkett wanted to expand on the success of that show to provide a platform for storytelling, sharing and promotion for Essex businesses to complement the business support and funding advice provided by the Growth Hub.
He also wanted to welcome visitors, speakers and exhibitors from beyond the county borders in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
Throw in the NOVO Awards for business innovation, a trade show, a storytelling “open mic”, a programme of keynotes, workshops and masterclasses, a world café networking lounge and a goodie bag for delegates … and you don’t have a conference, you have a festival!
Here’s Jonny …
“Essex is the home of the Entrepreneur and also home to some extraordinary businesses.
ExSE will harness the power of the people by bringing 2000+ businesspeople together for three days to educate, share experiences and foster sustainable business connections that will help businesses grow.
ExSE is the start of something big that will be repeated annually, building a valuable business community for Essex.”
And then we all know that happened.
The Best Growth Hub made the brave decision to move the festival online and find the technology required to make it possible, accessible, interactive and engaging.
Then we all played Fortnite … Wait! What?
The eventZOO platform used for EXSE is built on the same code base that drives that global gaming phenomenon.
That has helped make all this possible:
- Stay at home (no travel, accommodation or jacket required).
- Free attendance.
- Tell your business story to the world in our virtual auditorium.
- Be inspired by business stories.
- Learn from international experts who haven’t had to travel either.
- Enter the NOVO Awards free of charge.
- Exhibit with a virtual and interactive booth.
- Engage in real time with visitors on Zoom.
- Network and create breakout rooms.
- Learn about the advice and funding the Growth Hub offers..
ExSE runs from 9am – 5pm on 11th, 12th and 13th May 2021.
It’s free to register and attend and you only have to dress from the waist up!
For exhibitors in our virtual trade show, we’ve made it possible to benefit from the exposure and publicity that a real-world business event offers … at a fraction of the cost and inconvenience.
And if you’d like your business associated with the first business event of its kind in Essex, take a look at the sponsorship opportunities.
You can hear the rest of this good news story by following EXSE in social media: