Start-Up And Grow Show

An Unmissable Free Event for Pre-start, Early-start and Growing Businesses in Northern Ireland. World-class Speakers, Information Zones and 1-to-1 Clinics.
Start-Up And Grow Show


Thursday 20th October 2016, 2.30pm – 7.00pm (includes light catering)
The Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS
Book your free place at
For more information call 028 7776 3555 or email

World-class Speaker Line-up

Rene Carayol MBE, Internationally Renowned Speaker

Rene is a business guru with unmatched credentials. He is a regular broadsheet columnist and a critically acclaimed television and radio presenter with the BBC and Sky News. An internationally renowned speaker and best-selling author, Rene has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world’s most prominent leaders including Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Colin Powell and Sir Richard Branson. Rene is passionate about entrepreneurship and presented the influential BBC series “Pay Off Your Mortgage In 2 Years” and the critically acclaimed “Mind Of A Millionaire”. Rene will host the event, share his own insights on successful business and draw out key lessons from our other speakers.

Chris Martin, Founder and MD of Ozaroo Retail

Chris founded (formerly CM Direct Ltd) in 2010 when he was 19 years old. Since then his e-commerce business has grown by 2500% and in 2015 was named as one the UK and Ireland’s Top 50 fastest-growing technology companies and Northern Ireland’s regional winner in the UK Fast 50. Having initially operated the business out of his bedroom at his mum’s house, now owns a 25,000 sq ft office, warehouse and distribution facility in County Antrim. In five years he has seen his company (which
retails top brand consumer products to customers across the globe) grow to a team of 20. Chris will share the Ozaroo journey, including the lessons, challenges and plans for the future.

Declan McBride, Co-Founder of Pop Notch

Founded in 2014 in Draperstown and now based at an 8000 sq ft factory in Maghera, Pop Notch is a premium popcorn brand that has built a loyal following of Pop Notch connoisseurs. Within 24 months of trading, Pop Notch is being sold by over 200 independent retailers across the UK and Ireland. It is also listed with ASDA NIApplegreen and SPAR, and supplied to 7 fine food distributors. It is also now being sold in France, Iceland and Sweden. Declan will share the Pop Notch start-up journey and offer up lessons that he has learned along the way.

Jenna Stevenson, Founder of BITETOSAVOUR

BITETOSAVOUR showcases NI Artisan Food and Drink both online & offline, giving local artisan food producers a route to international markets. A serial entrepreneur in her own right, Jenna is also the Ireland distributer for Pukura Oils, the owner of Jens
Gourmet Foods and the Champion of #artisanNI. She will share her experiences and insights on starting, promoting and growing a business in Northern Ireland.

Stuart Harvey, CEO of Datactics and Start-up Investor

CEO of Datactics, a Northern Ireland based data and analytics software company, Stuart is the current Halo “Business Angel of the Year”. He received this award in recognition of his support for NI start-ups such as PathXL, Axial3D, and Shnuggle. Stuart spent his early career with Reuters and in 1997 he co-founded Harco Technology and led the company’s expansion in Belfast and London. By 2007, it was acquired by US-based Wombat Financial Software, which was later acquired by the New York Stock Exchange. A Prince’s Trust Mentor, Stuart will reflect on his own entrepreneurial experiences and share the perspective of the start-up Investor and Chairman.

The Programme

2.30pm Doors Open, Tea/Coffee, Information Zone Exhibition and Networking
3.00pm Welcome from Enterprise NI and Ulster Bank
3.10pm Rene Carayol on Culture and Entrepreneurial Success
3.20pm Rene Carayol with Chris Martin (Ozaroo Retail)
3.50pm Tea/Coffee, Information Zone Exhibition, Networking & Clinics
4.10pm Rene Carayol with Declan McBride (Pop Notch)
4.35pm Rene Carayol with Jenna Stevenson (BITETOSAVOUR)
5.00pm Tea/Coffee, Information Zone Exhibition, Networking & Clinics
5.20pm Rene Carayol with Stuart Harvey (Datactics)
5.50pm Closing Remarks from Rene Carayol and Enterprise NI
6.00pm Buffet, Tea/Coffee, Information Zone Exhibition and Networking
7.00pm Event Close

Ideally attend the full event but feel free to dip in and out as your diary allows. Please note though that this event will book out fast and the above programme may alter slightly on the day.


Start-Up And Grow Show


When, Where, What

• Thursday 20th October 2016
• 2.30pm – 7.00pm (includes light catering)
• Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
• World-class Keynote Speaker & Event Host
• 3 Fascinating Local Entrepreneurial stories
• Information Zones in Key Business Areas
• 1-to-1 Advice Opportunities

Book Your Place Now!

Book your free place at
For more information call 028 7776 3555 or email


Start-Up And Grow Show