Speakers

STEPH MCGOVERN

Business Reporter, BBC

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Steph McGovern is an award winning journalist and television presenter. Over the past fifteen years Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world, from international summits to small business success stories. Steph took part in our Young Enterprise Company Programme whilst studying for her A levels. Her business engaged in a variety of services, from creating calendars to washing cars. Most importantly, Steph learnt essential competencies such as initiative, problem solving and organisation. These have served her well throughout her career. For example, Steph was awarded the title of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ when she was 19 after using her skills to save Black and Decker £1 million whilst completing an industrial placement with the manufacturer.

The Young Enterprise Alumna has gone from strength to strength, becoming a regular face on BBC One, fronting shows such as Breakfast, Watchdog, Shop Well for Less and Have I Got News For You. Steph has also launched a children's TV show looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, called Pocket Money Pitch on CBBC.

BEN TOWERS

Award-winning young entrepreneur

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Ben Towers, at 16, was described by The Sunday Times as one of  ‘the most influential teenagers on the planet’ having started his first business aged 11, and growing this into a successful marketing agency that he exited in 2017. Ben has since invested in disruptive start-ups and inspired millions with personal and broadcast appearances across the globe. Today Ben is 20, and on a mission to change the long term health outcomes of the digital generation.

CLAIRE VALOTI

Vice president Snap Inc.

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Claire Valoti is the Vice President of the International Business at Snap Inc., Snap Inc is a camera company - the mobile app that represents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate.

As the VP of International, Claire is leading growth and revenue across four continents, including key markets: UK, France, Germany, Nordics + Netherlands, Canada, Australia and MENA. Her priority is to unlock the potential of International markets while continuing to scale those that are already realized.

Prior to joining Snap in 2016, Claire was the Director of Agency Partnerships at Facebook UK; Media Director at Weve, and Managing Director of Weve’s predecessor, O2 Media. Claire began her career agency- side, spending more than 11 years at Mindshare across world-class brands.

She lives in London with her husband and two daughters, Arianna and Alexia.
 


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