Tech Leaders Summit

Join us at the inaugural Tech Leaders Summit for the South West of England, Leadership Summit sponsored by Somerset Council
In association with Microsoft.

Entrepreneurs, leaders and business specialists get together to Innovate, Elevate and Educate - sharing success stories, challenges and experiences, gaining a bucket load of actionable insights and having lots of fun.

Wednesday 5 July 2023 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Somerset County Cricket Club

Sponsored by

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In association with

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Track sponsors include

Zoho A2Z Cloud logo
King logo

Two keynote speakers

Richard Potter

Richard Potter advises business leaders around the world on a range of digital transformation challenges. He is passionate about building innovative enterprises.

In his day job Richard works with Microsoft's customers giving them clarity and confidence about their digital journeys, helping them turn their aspirations into transformational business results.

Richard's talk, titled Postcard from the future: innovating through uncertainty, will give you clarity and inspiration around delivering knockout innovation during uncertain, unstable and unpredictable times.

Cathrine Armour

Cathrine Armour is Chief Reporting Officer at the PRI, where she leads the delivery of the largest global reporting project on responsible investment measured by assets under management covered (more than US$120 trillion), capturing the data required to drive meaningful change in global investment practices towards sustainable outcomes.

Experienced in leading strategic projects that utilise data to generate economic growth while creating significant positive change, in 2016 Cathrine was short-listed for the WISE International Award for Open Source, sponsored by Bloomberg, for her work.

Cathrine's talk, titled Responsible investing and ESG: what you need to know, will explore how the power of investment can be leveraged for a sustainable future.

Choose your

Five parallel tracks let you hone in on your area of interest, and get business learnings and build connections relevant to your organisation.


Everyone's talking about it.

The companies of the future are already using it.

How can you leverage its power?


The ecosystem is fuelled by vibrant startups, and startups are led by bold founders.

We'll bring together experienced founders to share their stories of the Fun, the Fury, the Flawed and the Fantastic.


Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

Learn the habits of successful tech leaders, how to get the most from a talented team and implementing change within organisations.


The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

Hear from the bold, the brave and the brilliantly bonkers in quickfire lightning talks, and connect with the organisations leading the sustainability revolution.


The biggest risk of all is not taking one.

Get concrete tips on accessing finance and network with the investment community.

The batting order



Arrive, chat, connect, be in photos, sign up for your breakout sessions


Go live

Welcome from Tech South West



Postcard from the future: innovating through uncertainty

Richard Potter, Director of Digital Strategy, Microsoft


Track breakouts

AI | Funding | Talent | Innovation | Founders





Responsible investing and ESG: what you need to know

Cathrine Armour, Chief Reporting Officer, UN Principles for Responsible Investment



Where do we go from here?

Richard Potter - Microsoft

Cathrine Armour - UN PRI

James Gilgrist - Somerset Council

Elle Neale - BPA Quality UK

Matt Tudor- Bridgwater & Taunton College

Ben Cooper - Tech South West


PitchUp Live

Kalkidan Legesse - OWNI

James Parks - MyDay

Tom Jonhson, Plus-ed


Wrap up and after party

  • Guest speakers

    Hear from inspiring thought leaders across a range of specialisms.

  • Breakout sessions

    Connect with peers and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

  • Open spaces

    For chatting, networking, reflecting and relaxing.

  • Live voting

    Choose your winner from a selection of standout startups at PitchUp Live, and help us shape our next big Tech South West project.

  • Interactive roundtables

    Hear from experts and put your questions to the panel.

  • PitchUp Live

    Startups from across the region take to the stage - with you choosing the winner.

When and where?

Wednesday 5 July 2023

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Somerset County Cricket Club


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