Following the success of the inaugural conference last year, ISLEXPO returns for 2017 with a focus on accelerating business growth. 

Hosted by the Department of Economic Development, the extended conference format offers a wider range of opportunities for local businesses and visiting delegates, featuring inspirational speakers, lively panel discussions, digital workshops and expert insights from local entrepreneurs and business leaders.

There will be more interactive content for delegates, as well as an increased presence from the Island’s different emerging sectors, including digital media and local food and drink. ISLEXPO will also highlight the benefits of living and working on the Island.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, said: ‘ISLEXPO is the culmination of dynamic ideas, strong industry support and a drive for innovation on the Isle of Man. This event is a unique opportunity to hear dynamic speakers share their journey to success, sample extraordinary local produce and network with the Island’s business community.

‘Last year’s ISLEXPO was centred on entrepreneurialism and was attended by over 1,000 delegates, resulting in a number of funding applications received. This year’s message has moved forward to one of ‘growth’ and we will be showcasing the success of the £50mil Enterprise Development Scheme and the many funding and support opportunities available for local and relocating businesses.’

The 2017 line-up for ISLEXPO is now live with a packed programme of thought provoking keynote speakers, expert insights and informative workshops curated with growth in mind.

The free, two-day conference takes place across the Villa Marina on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th May. Day one focuses on start-ups, SMEs and businesses in the first stages of growth, while day two looks towards larger organisations looking at the next stages of expansion. Industries, including financial services, technology, e-Business, fintech, media and tourism will feature across the two-day programme.

Mr. Skelly MHK, continued: ‘The programme for 2017 is looking very strong, with some new faces and the return of a few favourites from last year. ISLEXPO was created to showcase insights and advice from global experts, provide training and dynamic discussion and bring together the business community in a celebration of the Island’s innovation and talent. This year’s event has evolved from 2016, with a reinvigorated local focus, more live pitching and greater opportunities to network with the Island’s brilliant business minds.’

Day one will include an opening keynote, dynamic panel discussions, ‘Pitch it!’, digital marketing sessions, Google Digital Garage, social media and brand workshops. The evening will see informal talks, live music and local food and drink in the Villa Marina gardens.

Day two will open with a networking breakfast event hosted in conjunction with Isle of Man Business Network, followed by lead keynotes on the Main Stage:

  • Emma Sinclair MBE – Co-founder of innovative business Software Company, EnterpriseJungle and UNICEF business mentor.
  • Jim Mellon – Master Investor and Author.
  • Dan Cobley – Former Head of Google UK and Ireland and high-profile digital entrepreneur.

Day two’s programme closes at 4pm when preparation will be underway for the closing Gala Dinner.

Returning to sponsor the event again this year, Keystone Law’s IOM Managing Director, Geoff Kermeen, said:

‘It’s a really exciting time for the Isle of Man. We have real strengths, particularly in areas such as fintech, technology and digital commerce generally, and it has never been more important for the island to not only demonstrate those resources but also build upon them while protecting its future as a thriving business hub. Keystone Law IOM is a tech-driven and highly entrepreneurial firm, so there is a real synergy between us and what ISLEXPO represents. We are delighted to be supporting the event once again.’

Registration for the free 2-day conference is available now at www.islexpo.com The full programme and workshop registration is also online now.