Speakers

STEPH MCGOVERN

Business Reporter, BBC Breakfast

Over the past twelve years Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world, from international summits to small business success stories.

She is an established part of the BBC Breakfast team, covering business developments daily, and also regularly taking to the sofa as main co-host. During the financial crash Steph was the lead producer of financial news, working with business editor Robert Peston at the forefront of the award-winning coverage of the credit crunch and banking crisis.

This year also saw Steph launch her own children's TV show looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, called Pocket Money Pitch on CBBC. Steph is also the co-host of a new BBC One prime time show Shop Well For Less.

BEN TOWERS

Pocket Money Pitch

Hailed by Richard Branson as one of the UK's most exciting entrepreneurs, at 17 years old Ben already heads up his own digital media agency. Whilst his peers were looking forward to starting secondary school, Ben aged 11 started Towers Design. From small beginnings creating websites for friends and family, he has now progressed to working with over 500 businesses to achieve their digital goals and now employs 15 people.

Ben recently appeared as a Mentor on Pocket Money Pitch a Dragons Den style programme for CBBC where young entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to win a year's worth of pocket money.

AMBER ATHERTON

CEO & FOUNDER, ZYPER

Amber is a dynamic entrepreneur with a unique eye for trend-hunting and a truly modern approach to branding and marketing. Named the 5th most powerful person on Vogue.com’s Digital Power List and part of Forbes 30 Under 30 2016, Amber has emerged as an ideas generator and brand ambassador for the millennial generation.

In 2011 Amber co-created and appeared in the reality television series Made in Chelsea, before founding online jewellery business My Flash Trash. She is now Founder and CEO of Zyper, a new peer to peer marketing software company, and has recently launched Rubric, an AI app which creates the perfect Instagram photo captions.

Amber speaks regularly on digital, branding and social marketing at conferences, as well as consulting across a number of VC firms, startups and retailers on social branding and consumer engagement. She was most recently announced as a dragon on the BBC's new young Dragon's Den TV series.

LEVI ROOTS

MUSICIAN & CELEBRITY CHEF

Levi Roots has a rich pedigree in music. He was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998 for his 'Free Your Mind album. He sang 'Happy Birthday' to Nelson Mandela when the South African icon visited Brixton and used to play football with Bob Marley every Sunday in Battersea Park. Levi's album "Red Hot" was launched in Autumn 2009 by his own label, Sound Box Media and his new album, Rise Above is out now.

Although his first love was always music, and Reggae his passion, he shot to fame on BBC2's Dragon's Den in 2007 as a charismatic sauce-man and entrepreneur when defying the odds with his spirited Reggae Reggae Sauce song, he charmed dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh into investment in his tangy homemade Reggae Reggae Sauce. With a speedy launch at Sainsbury's only a few weeks later, the sauce flew off the shelves, outselling even Heinz Tomato Ketchup and it's been a whirlwind ever since.

As well as his wide range of products, Levi has released six cookbooks and a business book. The Levi Roots brand continues to blaze a trail while Levi's warm and infectious ethos of Caribbean Sunshine continues to put music into food, and life everywhere across the nation.

BEN BAILEY SMITH

Actor, comedian, rapper & writer 

Ben Bailey Smith, also known by his stage name Doc Brown, is a rapper, comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio presenter.

Ben began his showbiz career as an underground rapper, adopting the hip hop handle Doc Brown, a nickname he was given in school after the scientist from Back to the Future. In 2007 he turned his hand to acting, comedy and writing. He is particularly well known for his appearances on shows such as Russell Howard’s Good NewsComic Relief and Live at the Apollo, as well as for film and TV roles including in the 2016 film David Brent: Life On The Road, ITV’s Law & Order, Channel 4’s The Inbetweeners and CBBC’s BAFTA winning 4 O’Clock Club, which Ben co-wrote. 

Ben is passionate about young people, having been a youth worker for ten years before taking to the stage. 


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