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Spring Training 2019

  • Bournemouth University Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB (map)

Here's 2017's Summit to give you a taste of what to expect...

#Screwitjustdoit Spring Training 2019

When Is It?

On Wednesday, April 24th we bring you our first big event of the year: Spring Training 2019.

What Is It?

Brought to you by StartUpU and Alex Chisnall - Virgin StartUp's trusted regional delivery partner and the team behind itunes Top 100 Podcast & 'live' events #screwitjustdoit.

Following on from the success of our first StartUp & Scale Summit in 2018 we didn't want to wait until the Autumn of 2019 to bring you our 2nd Summit.

So we launched Spring Training.

We've also taken your feedback from October's summit and giving you more of what you wanted: Firstly, it's on a weekday thus enabling you to take a day off working ON your business - and not IN your business - with NO family commitments to juggle at the weekend.

Plus Brand New Mentoring Sessions available from our Virgin StartUp mentors.

More Hands-on practical tips from our Masterclasses, More tools including a branded Workbook, and more complimentary food and drink including a full lunch and refreshments throughout the day provided.

We'll also facilitate you being able to meet exactly who YOU want to meet at the event, be that potential investors, access to funding, app developers, website developers, etc..

Not forgetting we'll have more interaction with our speakers and hosts during the networking and mentoring sessions.

With Bournemouth now the 2nd fastest hotspot for people wanting to start a business in the UK, we're looking to Inspire, Educate, Connect and build on the South Coast's startup community.

Where Is It?

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, BH12 5BB. FREE parking available!

Tickets & Costs

Tickets are now on sale with a very limited number of Super-Early Bird tickets available from just £49.99. As stated, parking is entirely free.


The first 50 attendees will also receive the following bonuses:

  • Totalling £200+

  • Follow up Coaching Call - £50 value

  • 50% off 2019's StartUp & Scale Summit - £50 value

  • Complimentary ticket to a 2019 #screwitjustdoit Masterclass - £99 value & choice of three locations

  • Complimentary ticket to a 2019 #screwitjustdoit 'Iive' evening meetup - £15 value & choice of three locations

  • Access to Virgin Startup Funding & Mentoring (if you fit qualifying criteria)


Sunny Bird, Sunny Bird PR


Sunny Bird Founder of Sunny Bird PR/Reaching Millions PR & Publicity Courses/Published Author

Sunny Bird is a multi-award winning entrepreneur who was described by the Daily Mail in 2010 as someone who has ‘the money gene’.

With over 20 years’ experience in public relations, Sunny founded her own agency in 2013 with a view to bringing a London style PR agency to the south coast. Five years on, and Sunny’s results-driven approach has helped Sunny Bird PR gain and maintain an extensive portfolio of clients, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Using her PR agency as a platform, Sunny launched a series of PR & Publicity Courses in Bournemouth and London called ‘Reaching Millions’. Designed to help raise the profile of a business or brand, build credibility, drive sales and secure new customers, these courses led to Sunny working on her second book, ‘Reaching Millions’, set to be published Autumn Winter 2018.

As well as Sunny’s businesses, clients and books being featured extensively in the media, Sunny herself has also been featured in The Daily Mail, The Observer, The Independent, The Sun, You Magazine, Daily Mirror, The Express, Look Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Woman & Home magazine, Marie Claire, Bella magazine, Prima magazine, Start Up 100, Bournemouth Daily Echo, and BBC Radio to name a few.

Anthony Story, Silicon South


Anthony is an innovation strategist who helps organisations prepare for growth; plan innovation strategies; engage customers; attract investment.

He is leading and developing an investment strategy for the digital creative economy in Dorset, inconjunction with the Board and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He is a Director of Silicon South which is both anoperational body and a brand for Dorset. It coordinates interests across all the mainorganisations associated with the creative sector in Dorset, with the ambition of developinghigh numbers of jobs and growth.

Anthony remains involved in interesting projects, especially around innovation, brand and startup acceleration. for example: directing Creative England's Digital Accelerator; Generating interest in EU funding with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Jo Cruickshanks, Bare Collective


Jo Cruickshanks has spent over two decades delving into the hearts and minds of brands and audiences, everywhere. She's our chief facilitator and boundary-pusher, as well as being a working mum and experienced yogi.

Jo has helped many brands, from Pretty Green, Kelly Hoppen, Hermes, Hackett and Finisterre to tell their stories digitally.

She has a twenty-something year heritage of digital start-up and brand experience and will share invaluable stories and wisdom on building tribes digitally for those starting out.

Dawn Crossingham, Top UK Business Advisor 2018


Dawn was recently awarded the title TOP UK Business Adviser in finance & funding 2018 by Enterprise Nation and Experian. Furthermore in July 2018 she became The National winner for Venus Awards as Networker of the Year; for all the connections she has made in the business community.

With 35yrs in business (employed and self-employed) including 13yrs experience of working with established businesses, she has created a Business Toolkit to provide a structure when undertaking business analysis.

The analysis identifies areas of concern, USP’s and business growth areas and the toolkit provide solutions and strategies to increase sales & profits.

Dawn will be giving us a taster of her business toolkit in October focusing on creating a vision for your business growth.

Efe Ohwofasa, Bournemouth Chamber of Commerce


Efe is a Professional speaker, business and marketing consultant, life coach for entrepreneurs who want more freedom, earn more and live more.

The creator of the Breakthrough Blueprint- The 7 Steps solutions for finding Your purpose and making money living it.

Efe use business coaching and leadership development to help small to mid-sized companies enhance their leadership performance, increase their profits, and improve their productivity.

Efe use workshops and seminars to help business owners, executive leaders, teams, and organizations develop their leaders and deliver solid business results

Lucy Whittington, Statzy


Lucy has 20 plus years of B2B marketing experience - mostly in software, but also for small businesses. She was the second UK hire and marketer on the team who launched Xero in the UK. She also co-founded the Small Business Finance School, is the author of ‘Find Your Thing’, and most recently before joining Statzy was co-founder of a Xero CRM add on app for small service businesses. MBA qualified, she has run her own marketing and web design consultancy since 2005.

Statzy is a mobile app that lets you see your social media, marketing, sales and money stats in one place collected from the business apps and software that you already use. It’s like a Fitbit for business that motivates you to reach your business goals. At Statzy Lucy co-hosts monthly Stats Sprints in the Vital Statistics group, and is obsessed with helping small business owners work out their vital and vanity statistics to do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t.

Who's it For?

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Business Owners

  • StartUps

  • ScaleUps

  • Managers

  • Freelancers

  • Plus! ANYONE that wants to help build a powerful, profitable business.

  • Spring Training will inspire you to think big as you build your business.

Why You Need to Attend

By the time you leave you leave, you'll be equipped with new skills and tactics that'll help you with everything to start and scale your business.

Our expert speakers will also share with you all the different ways ultimately build a powerful, profitable business that's future-proof.



Each of our Masterclasses deep-dive into one major topic of entrepreneurship.

Their mission is to arm you with the latest and best tactics and strategies for growth.

Mentoring Sessions

For the first time we'll be offering mentoring sessions with our Virgin StartUp mentors who will be able to offer practical advice and problem solving based on their experience.

Breakout Sessions

We'll have three opportunities for you to meet and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. This is where the magic happens and is the biggest game-changer during the summit.

Expert keynotes

Our keynote speakers are here for one reason - to make a difference to your business.

Their level of expertise is second to none, and their ability to teach and inspire is what makes them some of the most sought-after thought leaders in the entrepreneurship space.

Panel Sessions

We've put together three different panels where we'll be discussing how to startup, scale-up - and exit your business successfully.

This summit will inspire you to think big as you build your own business.


We'll be announcing our workshop hosts and speakers over the upcoming weeks so go to our Facebook page for the most up to date information. If you attended any of our 2018 events, or listen to the podcast, you'll know that we've provided great value from speakers including Piers Linney, Richard Reed, Ray Kelvin and a whole host of other experts in their field.

In Partnership with the European Startup Association