Cannabis / CBD Start Up Accelerator 27th of February

Location: New Speak House, Bethnal Green from 2 to 9pm

CBD and medical cannabis are a rapidly expanding industry, with consumer demand growing exponentially. CBD oil is used in cooking, mixing cocktails, vaping, and as pain and anxiety relief by athletes and consumers alike. It is a space ready for innovation. Yet informative and educational CBD and Cannabis events are still rare. This is why we are organising the UK’s first one day accelerator program for startups, young brands, investors and representatives from retailers and corporations to meet, learn and facilitate business deals.

The “Cannabis and CBD Startup Accelerator’ will take place in the afternoon at Droga5’s offices at the newly opened WeWork Campus in Devonshire Square, ideally positioned between the City of London and Shoreditch.

The programme is structured around education, engagement and insight, encompassing legal advice on CBD and medical cannabis ranging from ‘how to buy and source legal, high quality CBD’ and ‘what health claims can be made’ to ‘consumer insight and trends in regards to CBD’. Participants will meet investors, industry players, start ups, legal professionals and other cannabis innovators. Register here for the afternoon:

14:00 – 14.30 Welcome – Coffees and CBD snacks Setting the Scene

14.30 – 15.00 Industry & Consumer Trends (MiniBarLabs/Pulsar)

15.00 – 15.30 The Legal Landscape – It’s Grey but getting better (DAC Beachcroft LLP)

15.30 – 15.45 Networking Break

15.45 – 16.15  Distributing CBD In The UK, Lessons From The Trenches (CannAmplify)

16.15  – 16.30 Networking Break

16.30 – 17.00 Investment Workshop (SeedLegals)

17.00 – 17.15 Networking Break

17.15 – 18.00 Cannabis Ideas Lab (Droga5)

18.30 – 21.00 Networking MiniBar x Cannabis (note RSVP is separate)

Partners and Sponsors:



Pulsar Platform


The London Cannabis Film Festival


DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sign up for our new Wordeo Challenge


MiniBarLabs are back with a fantastic new competition for you. We are working with a group of world-class investors to find the best tech and entrepreneurial talent, asking teams to come up with a bold new future for their messaging and video editing startup – Wordeo.

Take a look through the introduction below or visit the competition site for more information:

About the Challenge

Wordeo is a UK tech startup with a technology platform for messaging and video editing. From 23 February – 19 May 2017 we are on the hunt for tech and entrepreneurial talent who will build on Wordeo and take it to re-launch. Successful teams will become co-founders, joining a world-class group of investors to fast track their ideas from Proof of Concept to growth stage startup in a matter of months.


– Founder Share Options
– World-Class Investors
– £15,000 in cash
– Teach Help & Business Support

This is a unique opportunity to become co-founders of Wordeo, propelling it to the next phase of growth. Winning ideas will step into a scalable startup infrastructure supporting the existing company and quickly progress, leap-frogging over the years of arduous groundwork that is necessary for any business in the early stages.

  • 1. As a co-founder you will work alongside a team of world-class investors and technology specialists who will provide access to their networks (particularly in loyalty, media and advertising).
  • 2. Winning ideas will also take advantage of the Wordeo technology platform built with previous investment of £2,000,000.
  • 3. Finally, there is of course the immediate benefit of a cash prize – £15,000 (1st Prize £10,000, 2nd Prize £5,000).

Throughout the competition you will be provided with a range of support: 1-2-1 meetings and advice on your pitch, Technical Briefings and Ideation Sessions. Our approach in reaching out to and working with teams over the course of the Wordeo Challenge will be to develop a good relationship over time through regular contact and conversation, we find this makes for the very best ideas come pitching time.

Find out more about the tech behind Wordeo and register here:

Meet The Makers x Music Tech

Time: 5.30pm with a prompt 6pm kick off. Networking and drinks from 7.30pm onwards.
Date: Wednesday 9th of November.
Venue: Publicis UK, 82 Baker Street, W1U6AE

We would love for you to join us at our next Publicis Drugstore ‘Meet The Makers’ innovation event, to be held at 82 Baker Street.This time we’re turning our attention to the music industry and its ever changing relationship between artists, producers, labels and consumers.New models of production, distribution and consumption mean that the music industry is the perfect platform for change-making entrepreneurs.During the evening we will hear from innovators developing new musical interfaces, pioneering technology for music discovery and insights into the future.

Shazam – A mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. It is the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love. Now with data analysis capabilities that can alow companies to make informed music syncs that are aligned to the consumer.

Kickstarter – A platform that helps to transform creative ideas into realities with help from the Kickstarter community.

Secretsessions – They are experts in music discovery who use digital tools & audience analysis to identify rising artists who will continue to grow.
Bela – An innovative tech platform for musicians, instrument designers, audio enthusiasts and interactive artists.
ROLI – A design-led technology start-up expanding the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology through creating new musical hardware and software products.

Meet the Makers x Publicis90

Time: 5.30pm with a prompt 6pm kick off. Networking and drinks from 7.30pm onwards.
Date: Wednesday 28th September.
Venue: Publicis UK, 82 Baker Street, W1U 6AE

This September, the Publicis Drugstore is organising a very special edition of its Meet the Makers events program. To celebrate Publicis90, the recently-launched global initiative from Publicis Groupe that fosters digital entrepreneurship, we are joining forces to bring you the top 11 start-ups in the UK.

The shared ambition of Publicis90 and the Publicis Drugstore is to connect innovative start-ups with multinational clients to ensure that future-facing marketing solutions form an integral part of brand’s DNA. Publicis90 launched earlier this year to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Publicis Groupe and invest in 90 start-ups globally.

Please join us for an evening of inspiration and an opportunity to her from some of the best up and coming UK based entrepreneurs.


Programme – (Transportation) Sebastian Steinhauser – (Technology for Marketing & Advertising) Jonathan Grubin – (Technology) Tom New – (Technology) Tom Fleming – (Techonology, Marketing & Advertising) Adam Cardigan – (Technology, Marketing & Advertising) Paul Archer (Marketing & Advertising) – Rowland Bourne (Techonology & Marketing)- Michael Piddock (Banking & Retail) – Lisa Armstrong

More TBC.