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FUSE2015: Annual Leadership Conference

20/10/2015 By Simon La Fosse

La Fosse Associates created FUSE2015, which brought together leaders from big business and fast-growing startups to share insights, create conversations and build relationships.

There’s a wealth of opportunity to be found in corporate-startup alliances. Big businesses now understand the need to innovate to thrive, and startups need to forge partnerships with ‘corporates’ in order to solve their mutual business challenges.

This was an invitation-only event for C-Level executives to explore the dramatic values that can accrue from working collaboratively.

FUSE2015 also raised money for the charities MOET School and Action for Children, by supporting the UK’s biggest corporate sleep out Byte Night.


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Presentations from FUSE2015


La Fosse Associates is passionate about encouraging and facilitating greater collaboration across their client base both in big business and startup land and it’s this that drove them to create FUSE2015.


Fuse2015 Speakers


Trevor Owens 
Author & Entrepreneur.

Trevor Owens, Author & Entrepreneur

Trevor is the CEO & Founder of Javelin, creators of the global Lean Startup Machine workshop series that has trained tens of thousands of startup founders and innovators from Google, GE, News Corp, Intuit, and others, start new businesses around the world. Read more…

Paul Colby
IT Director, John Lewis.

Paul Colby, IT Director at John Lewis

Paul joined John Lewis in March 2011, and last summer set up its first Innovation Incubator. John Lewis is Britain’s leading omni-channel retailer, with 36% of its sales online over the busy Christmas period. Read more…

Emma Cerrone
CEO & Co-founder, Freeformers.

Emma Cerrone, CEO & Co-Founder of Freeformers

Emma co-founded Freeformers to help companies tackle the challenges posed by the digital revolution – and help young lives at the same time. She is the current Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year, and was also named a Sunday Times ‘Changemaker’ for her role in developing Freeformers one_for1 model. Read more

Steven Roberts
Strategic Transformation Director, Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays.

Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director, Personal & Corporate Banking at Barclays

Steven is responsible for the Barclays award-winning Digital Eagles initiative, which has resulted in over 26,000 members of Barclays staff across the UK, Europe and Africa providing free technology help and advice to customers and non-customers. Read more…

Jeremy Basset
Global Marketing Strategy Director, Unilever.

Jeremy Basset, Global Marketing Strategy Director at Unilever

Jeremy is responsible for helping to shape Unilever’s Marketing and innovation strategy. Jeremy is also responsible for initiating and leading the Unilever Foundry, Unilever’s platform to engage with startups and innovative tech companies who can help Unilever pioneer the future. Read more…

Simon La Fosse
CEO, La Fosse Associates.

Simon La Fosse, CEO of La Fosse Associates

Simon has experience of both the corporate and start-up world. In a previous life, he was director of a professional services firm taking them to full listing on the stock exchange. He got the startup bug in 2007 and founded La Fosse Associates. Read more…


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