Global Thought Leaders to gather in Exeter for Annual Innovation & Ideas Festival

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Global thought leaders Like Minds return to Exeter this September for their annual flagship event, the Like Minds “Innovation & Ideas Festival”.  The festival will run over two days from the 27th-28th September and will play host to over 16 high-profile guest speakers from across the globe.

The festival is an unmissable gathering for startups, entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators. The theme of the event is the sharing of ideas, and it presents a unique opportunity for attendees to meet and engage with like-minded businesses and individuals against a backdrop of immersive workshops, inspiring speakers and panel debates.

The calibre of the guest speakers at this year’s event is particularly impressive, with names such as:

  • Chris Moss, founder of Mav3rick
  • Dan Simmons of Propelia
  • Bruce Daisley, EMEA Vice President of Twitter
  • Jeremy Waite, Global Leader of CMO Programs at IBM

There are exciting new additions to this year’s festival, with “Pitch Fest” now boasting one million pounds in the room as an extra incentive to would-be applicants to the startup pitching competition.

The fun continues each evening with a networking event held at the city’s luxurious Hotel du Vin. Here, delegates will be able to mingle and reflect on the events of the day with fellow attendees and guest speakers.

The Like Minds Festival has enjoyed international success in the past, having been held in New York, Helsinki and London.  Like Minds also hosts monthly events in both Exeter and London. The festival’s return to Exeter will see as many as 700 attendees descend upon the city over the course of two days. Delegates can purchase tickets for either day, or choose to fully immerse themselves with a two-day experience.

The festival will take place at various locations across Exeter, showcasing some of the great spots that the City has to offer. From Southernhay’s Dean Clarke House through to entertainment venue, The Phoenix. For those that can’t make it in person, the festival will be live-streamed via social media.

Aimed at both local and regional audiences, the festival aims to shine a light on Exeter – bringing together visitors and people who live here to share ideas and learn from each other, debunking any misconceptions that Devon is far removed from London’s thriving business scene

Further information


Brief speak bios below:

EMEA Vice President, Twitter

Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter. He joined the company in 2012, having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.

He is a digital advisor to Comic Relief. Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart-topping podcast “Eat Sleep Work Repeat” on work culture. His work can be found at New Work Manifesto. In spring 2019 Penguin Books will be publishing Bruce’s first book on fixing work culture.

Founder, Scentered

Lara Morgan has established a family investment office with a global focus. She has a track record of delivering accelerated and exceptional growth. She is an inspirational leader with a legacy of building world-class teams and aligning organisations behind a clear strategy. Having started as a salesperson, Lara continues to practice daily the art of selling and creating win-win customer partnerships. Relentlessly learning, Lara has specific expertise in strategy, customer insight and brand development, multichannel and multisite management and organic or M&A/partnership driven expansion.

Global Leader of CMO Programs at IBM

As the Global Leader of CMO Programs for IBM and an Evangelist for IBM Watson Customer Engagement, he travels around the world talking to senior marketers about how the world’s most successful companies are using cognitive technologies to make the world a better place. He also works with analysts and data scientists to create original research and insights around emerging customer-facing technologies.

Development Coach, School For CEOs

From new business managers to senior CEOs, Katherine works to increase leadership ability through installing an understanding of powerful, motivational communication skills.  The ability to truly lead with authenticity, commitment and resilience enable great leadership and corporate productivity. Katherine has worked across many diverse cultures in Asia, Europe and America, from startups to FTSE 100 companies.

Co-founder, MAV3RICK

Chris is a Business innovator and Intrapreneur. A highly experienced board level brand and marketing leader, he has already created 3 multi-billion dollar brands with a track record of delivering award winning launch campaigns, broad-scale business transformation and sustained bottom line growth through product, service and communications innovation. 

Growth Strategist, Momentum South West

Rachael Howourth, founder of Momentum South West Ltd, has enjoyed 20 years in B2B corporate sales for automotive market leader, Auto Trader.

Founder, Strategy on a Page

Deri Llewellyn-Davies is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, author, adventurer and entrepreneur who is transforming lives around the world with his core message of No Regrets.

Founder, Bracket Creative

Alison Coward is the founder of Bracket and author of “A Pocket Guide to Effective Workshops”. She is a strategist, workshop facilitator and trainer with over 15 years’ experience of working in, leading and facilitating creative teams.

Founder at – The Agency Growth Consultancy

Spencer is the co-founder of, the UK’s largest agency growth consultancy, and The Agency Collective, the UK’s leading agency community. Both are committed to helping design and digitally centric agencies to scale their organisations.

Founder, Upstart Strategy

Area Director for Devon, Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly, Environment Agency

Rich is redefining what is possible within the public sector. He leads operations for the Environment Agency in Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly providing inspiration and strategic direction to 500 people who are passionately committed to making the area a greater place to live, work and play.

Founder at Propelia

Propelia was originally conceived as a ‘Record Label for Ideas’ by its Founder Dan Simmons whilst working in artist development at Universal Music.

Founder, Stockwood Ventures and Regional Director, The Marketing Centre and Advisory Board, Oracle Accelerator

John has founded, grown and exited 6 businesses in 35 years including Strategy Digital, a 50-person digital marketing agency.

Founder, The Audacious Company

Vic is the founder of The Audacious Company, a business growth consultancy and training provider, which was established 7 years ago.  He is also the author of ‘Audacious Leadership’.

CEO & Co-founder, INT

Aji is Co-founder & CEO of INT TechShu, a 750+ digital team, one of the largest teams in digital marketing space and a Google Premier Partner. Indus Net & Indus Net TechShu have clientele from small to large scale industries including HP, Uber, Tesco, Unilever, Ageas to 100s of SMEs.

Founder, Marble Brook

Quentin Millington, Founder of Marble Brook is a former Chief Operating Officer (COO) in investment banking, Quentin supports executives and their teams to build more effective organisations. His clients include Apple, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett-Packard, RBS, Santander and UBS as well as smaller UK businesses.

Plus more to be announced.