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An Innovator’s Story: ‘Armed with a crayon’

Date: 14th September 2017
Location: Charles Hallé room, The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Time: 9:30am - 10:15am
Theme: Innovation, Business Strategy

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PRE-REGISTRATION FOR VENTUREFEST AND THE BREAKOUT SESSIONS HAS NOW CLOSED. IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO ATTEND THIS SESSION, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP AT THE EVENT ON THE DAY (SUBJECT TO DEMAND).

This session is a part of Venturefest 2017.

During the session you will hear from Curtis Jobling, an acclaimed and award winning author, illustrator, animation creator and a truly original entrepreneur. He will talk about how innovation, collaboration and creative drive have been a key to his numerous international successes.

This interactive workshop has been designed for SMEs - aspiring innovators and those who are looking to introduce innovative thinking into their business.

The session will include:

  • Introduction to the Business Growth Hub’s Innovation Service
  • An entertaining and enlightening talk that charts Curtis’s career in creative industries as a writer, illustrator and a creator of concepts for broadcasting and publishing.

Benefits of attending:

  • It will foster creative thinking to innovate new product and service ideas more effectively
  • You will feel inspired and motivated to cultivate creativity and innovation in your company to drive business growth.
  • It will inject energy into your business.

Curtis Jobling Biography

The designer of worldwide hit television show 'Bob the Builder', and international best-selling author of numerous children’s books, Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England. 

Early work on ‘Wallace & Gromit’ and ‘Mars Attacks!’ led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning ‘Bob’. His own animated series, ‘Frankenstein’s Cat’ and ‘Raa Raa the Noisy Lion’, can both be seen on the BBC. His acclaimed picture books, ‘Old MacDonald Had a Zoo’ and ‘The Sheep Won’t Sleep’, are published by Egmont.

Although renowned for his work in film & TV, Curtis’ other love has always been horror and fantasy for middle grade and older audiences. His epic fantasy series, ‘Wereworld', was published by Penguin around the globe, the first novel, Rise of the Wolf, being shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize. His new ‘Max Helsing Monster Hunter’ novels, The Thirteenth Curse and The Beast of Bone Creek, are published by Viking in the US and Orchard in the UK.

Curtis visits schools around the world providing unique talks, workshops and learning experiences that cover three key areas of any curriculum — literacy, media and art. A champion of reading for pleasure, his work appeals to every audience, big and small.

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