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Shaping Enterprise: Diversity in Enterprise

An online discussion on supporting diversity in Enterprise

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Join our community and members of MSDUK for a discussion on creating opportunities for diversity in enterprise

  • From: Thursday 15 October 2020, 8.45 am
  • To: Thursday 15 October 2020, 10.30 am
  • Registration: 8.45
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 5.00 pm
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Event details

NTU Enterprise wants to hear from local businesses, students and graduate entrepreneurs as we build a community of enterprise and innovation across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

In our next session as an enterprise community, we will be discussing the importance of supporting diversity in enterprise through the support available from organisations such as MSDUK. We will also hear from one of our community members as they discuss their experience as an entrepreneur.

Join the Enterprise team, along with our guest panel for our regular community event as we discuss support available for businesses in the region.

Guest speakers

Ervin Picari – Programme Manager, MSDUK

Ervin is a Programme Manager whose focus is to support BAME start-ups grow and develop and, in the process, create a diverse and more inclusive start-up ecosystem. Ervin is responsible for the designing and delivery of MSDUK start-up accelerator programmes and helping to bring together innovative BAME start-ups and corporates. Ervin has experience in both the public and private sectors and public-private partnerships.

Barbara Armstrong - Head of membership & Business Engagement

Barbara's role at MSDUK focuses on supply chain diversity by recruiting innovative and high growth ethnic minority businesses into the network and connecting with them with global corporations. This includes: Certification of ethnic minority businesses, providing “supply chain ready” support,  account management of corporations and assessing the impact and effectiveness of their work.

David Chen – Co-Founder, Kapsule

David Chen is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Kapsule, a technology business that uses blockchain technology to transform African Medical Supply Chains. David studied Genetics at Queen Mary University, before taking Business Development roles in both the Pharmaceutical and Legal industries, before combining them with his passion for technology to create Kapsule. Kapsule’s technology is built to tackle issues of high counterfeiting, low levels of compliance & governance, and unfair pricing in the African market.


MSDUK is an organisation which champions supplier diversity and inclusion of ethnic minority businesses. In both public and private sector supply chains, MSDUK have called on FTSE 100 firms to do more to make supplier diversity a key part of their core strategy.

MSDUK is a non-profit organisation which has worked with over 125 global corporations and over 3,000 ethnic minority businesses over the last 14 years to champion supplier diversity.

Their efforts have led to over £700m worth of business being generated, resulting in job creation, which in turn has led to increased wealth within ethnic minority communities, better living standards, and reducing economic inequality.

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020. This event is classed as State Aid to participating and eligible businesses, the value of which is up to £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.


8.45 - Online lobby opens

9.00 - Welcome and introductions from NTU Enterprise team

9.10 -Introduction to MSDUK (Ervin and Barbara)

9.40 - Guest business - David Chen, Kapsule

10.00 - Q&A with audience

10.30 - Event close

Booking information

To join this online session, please click ‘reserve your place’ and our team will contact you with a link for your diary.

Joining the event

Prior the event, we will send you an event invitation via email. You can use this to join the meeting at 8.45 on Thursday 15 October.

For more information about this event, please contact:

Andy Fowler
Marketing and Events, Enterprise Innovation Centre, NTU
+44 115 84 82884

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Still need help?

Andy Fowler
+44 115 84 82884