28th February 2016

The largest student-run entrepreneurship conference in the UK

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"This conference is all about the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, so I was delighted to be asked to speak. The quality and quantity of the debate left me in no doubt that the future for entrepreneurship - which is so vital to our economic wellbeing - is a bright one."
- Edward Wray, Co-Founder and Chairman of Betfair -


“I was thoroughly impressed not just by the quality of the organisation of the event but also by the other speakers you had assembled, and most of all by the enthusiasm and interest demonstrated by the students who attended. I have spent a lot of time over the last thirty years in universities and business schools alike and I was extremely impressed.”
- Andrew Garner, Former Chairman and CEO of Boyden World Corporation and founder of Garner International -


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Vince Cable
Former MP
Russell Hall
Co-Founder, Hailo
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Founder & Chairman, Cobra Beer
Rachel Elnaugh
Investor, Dragon’s Den
Alan Giles
Former CEO of HMV Group & MD of Waterstones
Zia Yusuf
CEO & Co-Founder Velocity
Judy Naake
Founder, St Tropez
Andrew Heath
Co-founded AlphaSights
Huib van Bockel
Former Head of Marketing at Redbull
Talk: "Red Bull Marketing Masterclass"


Your chance to have an open discussion with some of the most eminent venture capitalists in the world. Investments from the companies represented on the panel include: Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify and Deliveroo.
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Andrei Brasoveanu
Investor, Accel Partners
Ari Helgason
Tech Investor, Dawn Capital
James Innes
Founding Partner, Chrystal Capital
Magnus Rinnan Gaarder
Investment Manager
Matt Kuppers
Founder & CEO: Startup Manufactory
Talk: "Business model development clinic"


Eight interactive master classes from a collection of successful entrepreneurs.
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Frank Webster
Campaigns Director | Seedrs
Talk: "How to Crowdfund Your Startup."
Yasmina Siadatan
Apprentice Winner
Talk: "How LSE helped me succeed"
Danny Hakimian
Former Head of Marketing at the Yo app
Talk: "Expect the unexpected: Surprises when working on startups"
Alexander Lushnikov
Co-Founder of Chainy
Talk: "How creativity can help businesses in the 21st century."
Matt Kuppers
Founder & CEO: Startup Manufactory
Talk: "Business model development clinic"
Will Morton
Co-Founder of Unlease
Talk: "From City to Start-ups."
“I was delighted to be invited to speak at the Sparks Conference. It was a highly stimulating event and the student audience asked some of the most interesting questions I have encountered. I would recommend this event to anyone.”
- Anthony Thompson, Chairman and Co-founder of Metro Bank PLC -

CURRENT Sponsors

LSE Generate

LSE Generate is proud to be partnering with the LSE Sparks Conference as a silver sponsor. LSE Generate provides resources for LSE students and alumni to develop their own business or social enterprise. Through a mix of skills development programmes, start-up boot camps, one-on-one mentoring and expert master classes, the service aims to paint a realistic picture of life as an entrepreneur. Check out their Lent Term 2016 Funding Competition or http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/CareersAndVacanci...


Milkround is proud to be partnering with the LSE Sparks Conference as a silver sponsor. Milkround is the UK’s most widely used student and graduate job website with hundreds of internships, schemes and graduate jobs as well as advice resources. Milkround provides direct access to employers, with no mystery jobs and no unpaid internships. The site enables students to be as general or targeted as they want using the filter and keyword functions. Moreover by registering with Milkround+ students receive personalised email job alerts tailored to their career preferences. Check them out here for more information: http://www.milkround.com/


AlphaSights, one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies, is a professional services firm with a difference. Founded in 2008 by two successful entrepreneurs, and serving major clients from private equity, strategy consultancy and hedge funds, AlphaSights connects knowledge-seeking professionals with industry specialists who can help them make better decisions, faster.
Our Analysts are thrown in the deep-end with direct, frontline responsibility to serve our market-leading clients – the ideal exposure for entrepreneurially minded and ambitious graduates. If you are interested in learning more, speak to us at the Sparks conference and apply for our Insight days at


Finimize is a new startup that sends a daily email containing the two most important global financial news stories. It explains the news and tells you what the main takeaways are – but it does so without the complicated jargon. And it’s totally free! You can sign up at Finimize.com.




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“I couldn’t help but be enthused by the large group of curious, energetic and engaged young people. It was fun.”
- John Pluthero, Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless -

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“Dinesh was looked after well. I was very happy with the event and think you and all the organisers did a great job.”
- On behalf of Dinesh Dhamija, Founder of eBookers -


Feel free to get in touch with the team using the emails below.

Charlie Bullock


Sam Combe
Vice President (Speakers/Logistics)


Minh Pham
Vice President (Finance and Corporate Relations)



Joseph Curtis
Head of Speaker


Yishy Chen
Elias Mead
Arnaud Fournier
Holly Hensler


Alex Littlewood
Head of Corporate Relations


Katie Gallagher
Cernyw Evans
Head of Technology


Ioana Dascalu
Head of Logistics


Miruna Sophia Popa


Aamir Khan
Head of Marketing


Patrick Stewart
Sam Combe



Location & Venue

Widely considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Sparks has a strong foundation within the London School of Economics. The world renowned university is known for its academic excellence and attracts the future leaders in today's financial, political and business world. We invite you to join us at the university on the 28th February 2016, a year which marks the 121th anniversary of the founding of the London School of Economics.

The Sparks organising team is extremely excited to announce that this year the Conference will be taking place in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE’s newest and most professional looking conference room, normally unavailable to LSE student societies. The venue has been a previous host to numerous important political figures, Nobel Prize winners and world-renowned entrepreneurs.

The Theatre is located in the New Academic Building, opened officially by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on November 2008.

“May this brilliant initiative go from strength to strength.”
- Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer -


Thirty London students from underprivileged backgrounds will have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs at the London School of Economics this month.

The UK’s largest student-run entrepreneurship conference, Sparks, will give disadvantaged Year 12 and 13 students from London state schools the opportunity to meet global entrepreneurs at its annual conference on the 28th of February.

The Sparks Inspire initiative, run in conjunction with IntoUniversity, is building on last year's success where students will also have plenty of opportunities to network with the speakers and gain an insight into developing a successful business from scratch.