Sharon Reid


If you are an entrepreneur who has set up a business in food & beverage, lifestyle or retail, you are probably looking to drive the growth of your respective business. Fortunately, help is at hand in the shape of Toucan, a cultivator which supports the growth of creative businesses in the aforementioned sectors.

Toucan, will be hosting The Nest on the 12th January 2017 at the stylish and centrally located Andaz Hotel. This must attend event will provide plenty of networking opportunities in addition to informative panel discussions, and inspiring speeches from a host of guest speakers including: Jenny Tooth, Chief Executive at UKBAA; Rupert Hambro, Chairman at Hambro Perks; and Fiona Dent, Group Managing Director at Time Inc.UK. There will also be pitches by Toucan start-ups.

Ahead of the launch announcement for The Ignite Awards 2017, the event will also provide the opportunity to learn about the progress of the winner and runner-up of The Ignite Awards 2016, a national competition, launched by Toucan and Time Inc.UK, aimed at discovering new entrepreneurs and cultivating their early-stage businesses. The two respective founders will speak – alongside representatives from Time Inc.UK- about their experiences with Toucan over the last 12 months. Toucan invites entrepreneurs, budding businesses and start-ups in the food & beverage, lifestyle and retail sectors to start preparing their entries for 2017.

Rasha Khawaja - Toucan

Rasha Khawaja – Toucan

Toucan’s founder and CEO, Rasha Khawaja, provides further insight:

“Toucan aims to cultivate creative start-ups who are looking for support in growing their business, providing business support, as well as acting as a facilitator between start-ups, mentors and investors. We are incredibly proud to offer this opportunity to start-ups in the creative sector, as there is generally a heavier emphasis on providing this support to technology start-ups.”

“The representatives at The Nest share Toucan’s spirit of entrepreneurialism. They will be presenting and debating a range of topical issues from how to overcome failure to the broad investment landscape and what it takes to get funded today. The talks focus on providing the best insider techniques in giving entrepreneurs a confident start in 2017. We are truly honoured to be hosting our second conference.”

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