60 second start-up: FindNetworkingEvents.com

0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a sentence:

FindNetworkingEvents.com is an easy to use website for finding business networking events in your local area.

5-10 seconds: What's the business model?

We charge for premium listings as well as offering other advertising opportunities on the site and weekly networking event bulletin.

10-15 seconds: Who are your competitors?

Or main competitors are sites like Meetup or EventBrite. 

15-20 seconds: What's your USP?

Unlike other sites we are focused on networking events and the event content moderated to ensure quality.  We send out a hugely popular weekly event bulletin which is tailored to every subscriber depending on their local area.

20-25 seconds: How have you funded it so far?

The site has been entirely self-funded.

25-30 seconds: What were you doing before?

When I started the site I was a Freelance Web Developer working on everything from e-commerce sites for football clubs to International news portals.

30-35 seconds: Where did the idea come from?

When I first started freelancing I noticed there was no single place you could search for local networking events online.  I saw a problem and created a solution for it.

35-40 seconds: What's the smartest thing you've done so far?

Calling the website FindNetworkingEvents.com!  It does what it says on the tin and the domain name has been great for search engine rankings.  I’m pretty sure if I had gone with my other choice of name the site wouldn’t still be around.

40-45 seconds: What's the stupidest?

Not devoting more time to the site earlier on.  It is easy to carry on the day job and the comfort of regular pay cheques.  At some point you have to take a leap of faith, it really does focus the mind.

45-50 seconds: If your business was a biscuit, what would it be?

Caramel Wafer, also does what is says on the tin, it’s caramel and wafer! 

50-55 seconds: Which idea are you a bit jealous of?

CompareTheMarket.com, not so much the site but their meerkat campaign.  Just shows how a bit of creative marketing inspiration can turn a company’s fortunes around.

55-60 seconds: Where are you going to be in 12 months' time?

Continuing to raise awareness about the site among UK networkers and planning to expand the site overseas.

To find out more about FindNetworkingEvents.com, click here. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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