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.

Dates for your diary

All of our Speaker Series events take place on Zoom at 18:00 on Thursday evenings in November and February.

Diane Young – Thursday 11 February 2021

Diane Young

"If my entrepreneurial life was a binge series"

Diane Young is co-founder and CEO of The Drum, which is a media company serving marketers and media people with news, events, insights, consultancy and other services.

From a degree in pure and applied mathematics through a short stint in the health service, Diane has been instrumental in growing The Drum from 14 people in a damp basement in Glasgow to an internationally recognised B2B media company with offices in Glasgow, London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai.

With over a million marketers from around the world visiting every month, The Drum is now a leading global source of marketing intelligence.

Diane is interested in marketing of course but also endlessly curious about the world of business and is a keen student on how to improve performance. She has spoken at TEDX and in the USA and Scandinavia as well as in the UK, and has a podcast series “Marketing Stories”.  She is working on developing skills in TV production and presenting.

Strangely she also finds herself as a pub landlady in the soon-to-open The Drum Labs, an innovation & event space in Shoreditch.

In her spare time she looks after her family of husband (who is also her business partner), three children, a lockdown puppy dog and an investment property portfolio.


Frank Noppel, Flugauto – Thursday 18 February 2021

Frank Noppel

Frank is the CEO of Flugauto, a company designing and manufacturing aerial flying robots for the purpose of transporting cargo. Flugauto’s vision is to shorten delivery times while reducing cost by offering the benefits of air transport at the cost of ground transport.

Frank is a serial entrepreneur with a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Cranfield University, and has also gained experience in the corporate world when he worked at McKinsey & Company as Strategy Consultant.


Zak Hydari, Rasmala Group – Thursday 25 February 2021

Zak HydariLeadership Superpowers That Will Make You a Great Leader

All leaders have leadership superpowers. What is yours?

Zak Hydari is a British entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years’ experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, special situations and business turnarounds. He is Chief Executive of Rasmala Holdings, an alternative investment group. Zak holds an MBA from Cranfield University and was awarded The Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2018.


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