This is the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from successful entrepreneurs. The Bettany Centre Entrepreneurship Speaker Series gives you the chance to hear from a variety of entrepreneurs from across a range of industries.

The speakers will give you an insight in to their journey, identifying their successes and any mistakes that they may have made along their way. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions, allowing you to delve even further in to the backstory of these well-established entrepreneurs.

Attending these events will provide you with a great chance to network with like-minded individuals who share your passion for entrepreneurship.

The events are entirely free of charge and refreshments are supplied (face-to-face events only).

Steve Jolliffe

Founder, Co-Founder & CEO

Steve Jolliffe completed his Cranfield MBA in 1986 after which he successfully invented and grew the Mystery Shopping, Topgolf and Puttshack. BDI Ltd (Mystery Shopping) was the fastest growing market research company in the UK for 10 consecutive years and employed over 1,000 full and part-time staff when it was purchased in 1997 by United News & Media plc.

Steve launched Topgolf in the year 2000 and there are now over 80 sites worldwide, with revenues approaching $2 billion per annum.  It is projected that more people will play Topgolf in the US in 2024 than traditional golf. Puttshack is now transforming mini golf in a similar way that Topgolf transformed golf driving ranges.

Puttshack has recently raised $150m from BlackRock to open 20 new sites per annum.  Revenues are forecast to be in excess of $1billion by the end of 2025. 


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