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Summer/Autumn 2021
Appointment of Dani Lachowicz as a new Trustee of Heropreneurs.
 
The Board of Heropreneurs is delighted to announce the appointment of Dani Lachowicz as a Trustee.


Dani has worked as a mentor to veteran entrepreneurs since 2010 as Director and Board Member of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Foundation in the United States.

In addition to her role at the EBV Foundation, Dani is the Director and Co-Founder of Insight Philanthropy and Brand Consulting where she works with small businesses, start-ups, and charities in three areas - evaluating current activity to see how the company could operate more effectively, creating and executing strategy for growth, and project management.

Dani is proud of the relationships she builds with her clients and the longevity of her consulting partnerships. She has worked with refugees and IDPs in South Sudan, Kenya, and Senegal and researched health issues in South Africa and Ghana. Dani has a BA in French from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Global Affairs - Human Rights from New York University

On joining the board, Dani said “I am thrilled to be part of an organisation committed to helping the military community transform their ideas and passions into successful businesses and look forward to working with the Heropreneurs team to deliver the strongest services and support possible.”

We are so pleased that Dani has kindly agreed to join our Board and we know that her advice and support will be very useful as Heropreneurs continues to grow.
Heropreneurs at Gone Wild Festival
 
Over the summer, Heropreneurs attended Gone Wild Festival with two of our current mentees, John Reynolds of Fishbladder Games and Scott Nelmes of Jefferson & Scott 
 
Gone Wild founder and former mentee of our programme Oliver Mason, who served in the Royal Marines from 2002 – 2019, partnered with Bear Grylls to create a family-friendly festival that combined music, comedy, and lots of outdoor activities for all ages.
 
 
We bumped into Oli over the weekend, who introduced us to Bear Grylls, and said 'Without Heropreneurs, their mentoring programme and their support, this event would not be taking place.' 
 
 
It was a successful event not only for us as a charity but also for Jon and Scott. New mentees and mentors were recruited over the weekend, and the event led to some big sales, networking and market research for our two mentees. 
 
CEO, Becci Parriss, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Jenny Monaghan, Jon Reynolds and Scott Nelmes
 

 
We look forward to securing more opportunities like this for our mentees as we enter 2022.
 
Click here for more information or to apply to our mentoring programme. 
For more News and Events
News from our Partners
Since late 2020 JobOppO has worked hard to let veterans and service leavers know who they are, what they do - and why. They are striving to change the narrative around veteran employment and have been vocal about their desire to work more closely with employers who understand the benefit veterans bring, as well as offering to "educate" those employers who may not (yet) appreciate the skills, knowledge and attitude veterans offer. Veterans are at the centre of everything they do.

JobOppO have worked with others to help achieve their aims and have had a hugely successful year so far and are grateful for the tight knit and supportive veteran community. JobOppO are not in recruitment, uninterested in quick wins and commission pay-outs, but are invested in building a veteran focused Employment Community. For Veterans, By Veterans.

Readers may have noticed the recent launch of their 'Veterans' Employability Skills Development Series' that will be of huge benefit to those looking for a new or a better career, with six modules covering the following topics; Your Career Direction, Your Skills, Your CV, Your Job Search, Your Interview and Our Network.
 
We would like to take the opportunity to thank JobOppO for their extremely generous support of the Heropreneurs Awards, choosing to offer two prizes in order to celebrate organisations that are truly deserving of recognition.
 

If you would like more information on the support that JobOppO can offer, click here.

From our CEO
This year seems to be flying past, September already!
 
Here is a look back on the wonderful achievements and events that have taken place over the last few months. 
In July, we announced the appointments of our new Marketing and Events team, Rob Edwards and Jenny Monaghan.
The team have certainly got 'stuck in' as we have managed to secure a variety of new events and workshops for our Heropreneurs community. 

We have enjoyed several successful virtual events so far this year, including our monthly networking sessions for those on our Mentoring Programme, an Intellectual Property Workshop hosted by Ben Travers and an Angel Investment Workshop with Charlotte Mason. 
 
Over the Summer, with the easing of restrictions, we were delighted to attend our first exhibitor event at Gone Wild Festival in Exeter. It was a huge success for Heropreneurs where we were able to recruit new mentors, mentees and it was also a great networking opportunity for Jon and Scott. They were able to promote their businesses, do some marketing research and create some big sales!
 
You'll no doubt have seen some of our Heropreneurs Awards winners being announced across our social media channels. The awards this year saw a record number of applications and the standard has been truly exceptional, I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who was nominated and made it to the finals, keep an eye out for more announcements in the very near future!

Of course the Heropreneurs Awards would simply not be possible without the fantastic network of support that we are so grateful to receive and I must thank all of our sponsors for their continued involvement in championing our community, it's a great privilege to work with them to deliver these opportunities

As we enter the Autumn, we look forward to securing more events for our mentees, announcing more winners from the categories and of course the Awards ceremony in December.


All the best,




 
    News
Heropreneurs
Marketing and Events Team
In July, Heropreneurs welcomed the expansion of the new Marketing and Events Team. 



Rob Edwards was announced as our new Marketing and Events Manager, and Jenny Monaghan as Marketing and Events Coordinator.



As we continue to grow our network, these new appointments mean that Heropreneurs will be able to deliver an increasing number of events and opportunities to our community. 

We are absolutely delighted to have Rob and Jenny on board, and can't wait to share some of the exciting developments with you.

In the meantime, we would love to hear your feedback. As a charity, we are continuously striving to deliver the greatest value to our community, and we firmly believe that can only be achieved through communication with those who use our services. So please don't be shy!

If you'd like to get in touch with the team, share your thoughts on what we're doing right, or how we could improve please click here.
Get in Touch
 Events
Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday 5th October, 2021


Following last year's successful 'The Art of Negotiation' workshop, we are delighted to announce that Mike Roberts, Senior Partner & Founder of Scott Roberts Negotiating, will provide an introductory session for those wishing to review, refresh, establish, and improve their knowledge, experience, and skills in negotiation. 

More information, how to register and confirmed timings on this event will be added to our 'Networking and Events' webpage in due course.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) has an exciting opportunity for you to join the Export Academy. 

This is a free training programme designed to give businesses the confidence and skill to sell overseas. With expert advice, virtual workshops and ongoing support to help begin your exporting journey. 
The new programme starts on 21st September, so don't miss out!
 To find out more and to register please click here
A Journey into FM
28th October 2021
Free registration now open!


JobOppo and ThisWeekinFM are hosting a fantastic event on Thursday 28th October exclusively for ex-military personnel who are looking for their next career move or change.

Heropreneurs will be attending with one of our mentees, Mark Moseley from PestGone Environmental Ltd, to see how we can help those that are thinking about working for themselves or have a business idea. Mark will be talking to delegates about his own experience moving from the military to running a successful business, and his time on the Heropreneurs mentoring programme. A not-to-be missed networking opportunity! 

To book a free place at this event at the iconic Churchill War Rooms, London click here

 
Investment Workshops, UK Angels Association

In conjunction with Amazon Web ServicesUK business Angels Association have a dedicated series focused on equipping start-ups with everything they need in order to raise investment, and are delighted to announce that they have SeedLegals and Innovate UK support with specific sessions.

The first events in this series are set to include, an introduction to investment, building the perfect pitch deck and alternative funding sources.
To register click below :
 
UKBAA & Amazon’s Funding First programme: an introduction to investment 
– 30th Sep

UKBAA & Amazon’s Funding First programme: building the perfect pitch deck 
– 21st Oct

UKBAA & Amazon’s Funding First programme: alternative funding sources 
– 4th Nov
 
 
With thanks, as always, to the organisations that support the Heropreneurs Awards, allowing us to offer fantastic opportunities to our community.
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