One of the co-founders of Dr Fertility is the latest confirmed speaker for a joint event by BusinessCloud and Tech Manchester aimed at improving the survival chances of tech start-ups.

Kobi McCardle launched the Manchester-based start-up with her friend Lucy Buckley to offer crucial fertility and family planning products and information.

The entrepreneur is one of 13 confirmed speakers for our  breakfast event ‘Tech start-up survival guide’ at UKFast Campus, in Manchester on the new date of May 16th.

She’ll be joined by sisters Rachel and Laura Beattie, co-founders of luxury ethical womenswear brand Careaux; Gemma McCall, co-founder of Culture Shift; and Nile Henry, CEO of The Blair Project. Statistically less than 50 per cent of start-ups will survive long enough to celebrate their fifth birthday and the percentage is thought to be even lower in the tech sector, where staffing costs are higher.

You can register for free here.

The event will look at a range of challenges facing start-ups including:

  • Creating the perfect business plan
  • How long do you bootstrap a start-up?
  • Getting the right legal advice (ie. shareholder agreements; patents; IP etc)
  • Taking on the right investment
  • When should you pivot a business?
  • The importance of networks and mentors
  • Choosing the right office
  • The right time to recruit
  • Monetarising a great idea
  • Turning a start-up into a scale-up

We’ll be joined by a series of tech entrepreneurs who will be sharing their battle stories of starting a business and their successes and failures along their way.

The other speakers are Ben Hookway, CEO, Relative Insight; Anastasia Kenyon, founder, Kandi Cosmetics; Anthony Chadwick, CEO, The Webinar Vet; Jack Barmby, CEO, Gnatta; Anthony Chadwick, CEO of The Webinar Vet; Sean Murphy, director/consultant, Evidential; Gary Rohloff, co-founder and managing director, Laybuy; and Rechelle Davis, director of Liverpool-based Energy Fairies.

  • The date of the event has been brought forward from the original date of May 31st.