August 30, 2023

FUEL MANCHESTER // 20th September



Published on

August 31, 2023

Wrriten by

Patrick Molyneux


  • Paul Gouge, co-founder, Playdemic
  • Richard Potter, CEO, Peak
  • Amy Whitell, co-founder & CEO, Collctiv
  • Plus a selection of masterclass experts (see below)


Funding pod:

  • Patrick Molyneux, partner, KPMG Acceleris
  • David Foreman, co-founder & managing partner, Praetura Ventures
  • More TBC

Growth planning pod:

  • Christy Foster, founder & MD, Online4baby
  • Susanna Lawson, founder, OneFile
  • Guy Remond, founder, Solutions

People pod:

  • Richard Fallon, founder & CTO, Naimuri
  • Andrew Avanessian, CEO, AppLearn
  • More TBC

Branding pod:

  • Kimberley Waldron, founder, SkyParlour
  • Amman Ahmed, co-founder, MusicForPets
  • Richard West, co-founder & MD, Red Flag Alert


FUEL is an innovative new event created to fuel business growth for promising startups and scaleups.

Debuting with FUEL Manchester, the two-part event begins with a whistle-stop discussion of some of the big questions facing business. A panel of entrepreneurs and experts will share their insight and analysis on the four key areas of funding, people, branding and growth planning.

Part two of FUEL Manchester is an exclusive, invite-only masterclass where a select group of businesses will gain direct access to the experts. The session will be split into dedicated pods and involve a deep dive on the subjects raised in the morning session with some of the most respected names in the world of business. With practical steps to overcoming challenges and maximising growth when building your business, topics include:


  • The different types of funding available
  • Identifying the right investors
  • Perfecting your pitch deck & presentation


  • Tips for recruitment
  • Boosting retention through culture
  • Adding an ‘X Factor’ to your boardroom


  • How to build an effective brand
  • When and how to market your business
  • Writing press releases & the value of deep content

Growth planning

  • Safeguarding intellectual property
  • Growing your bottom line
  • Transitioning from startup to scaleup
  • Building an exit plan

Businesses chosen to participate in the masterclass pods will be able to access follow-up support including a mock virtual pitch, pitch deck feedback, content assistance and follow-up roundtable.

Interested potential sponsors can contact commercial director Gary Williams at

The event will be chaired by award-winning executive editor Chris Maguire and be featured on and