I was on twitter earlier on today and saw that Launch 22 were holding a free speed networking event so I thought I'd go along to see what the fuss was about! So think speed dating... but for networking!
Launch 22 are the first tenants of the new Tempest building on Tithebarn street and have only just opened at the beginning of August. The company provide a variety of services to businesses including finance, workspace and mentoring; with a focus on helping start-ups in particular. After successfully launching their Shoreditch branch in London a year ago they decided to bring the same concept up North in Liverpool.
The co-working space is creatively designed with a real industrial feel; an eclectic mix of upcycled pallets, chesterfield sofas, hanging upside down plants and huge wooden work benches fill the vast open plan space. The interior is equipped with ping pong tables, swings and an event space that you can use for free as long as the purpose has a community led aspect to it. I can see it being a popular choice for people to work in due to it being a bright and airy environment with heaps of natural light streaming through the windows. The relaxed and friendly vibe it exudes makes you feel at home as soon as you enter the space!
The speed networking concept was interesting as everyone had a chance to speak to everyone at the event, taking away the awkwardness of what networking can be like for many people. They arranged a selection of ice breaker questions on each table so it was much easier to start a conversation; I had lots of fun at the same time as meeting a wide variety of different people from all walks of life! You can find out more about upcoming events here - www.launch22.co.uk @launch22liv
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