Designing a Delivering Pitch with David McQueen


Exclusive workshop for entrants to the 2018 cycle of MSDUK Innovation Challenge, with international coach and speaker, Dvaid McQueen.

The purpose of this workshop is to help you, as a business leader, to feel confident when delivering a high stakes presentation to stakeholders including board members and investors. You can expect to receive feedback on your application from our judges, 1-2-1 coaching, enhance your pitch for the competition and meet your fellow cohort. The workshop will be followed by a networking event with our corporate and investor networks in attendance.


09:30 – 17:00 (Workshop)

17:00 – 19:00 (Networking Reception)

International Day- MSDUK 2018 Conference & Awards

This exclusive, invitation only global event, brings together over 100 visiting delegates representing our global partners from the US, Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and Europe. They will be meeting select UK businesses and corporate leaders to share best practices and make new connections to grow their business globally.



Tuck – MSDUK Business Residential


Have you got an ambitious growth plan? Do you want to build a successful business by learning from world class business schools’ faculty and global entrepreneurs?

MSDUK is delighted to introduce a weekend entrepreneurial retreat in partnership with Ivy League’s Tuck School of Business, USA and Aston Business School, Birmingham UK.

This exclusive programme is being offered to all certified ethnic minority and women-owned businesses allowing all participants to also attend the MSDUK 2018 Conference & Awards to connect with global business leaders and C-Suite corporate executives from all across the world.


BBuilding a High-Performing SME Programme focuses on strategy and implementation to drive results. The programme is designed for owners of minority/women-owned business who are committed to advancing their business capabilities. Participants examine their businesses as case studies throughout the weekend and apply core business concepts through real-world applications. A curriculum mixing strategy and operations helps these owners leverage the value chain to full advantage. Participants also explore financial statements to understand better how to improve cash flow and increase profits.


600+ Attendees | 60+ Exhibitors | 40+ Global Brands | 100+ Supply Chain Leaders |
200+ Global Entrepreneurs | Innovation Challenge | C-Suite Panel| Workshops |
Dazzling Awards Night

2018 Conference & Awards Launch Party

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Date: Wednesday 4th July 2018, 5-7pm

Where: Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Birmingham, B7 4BB

What: Join businesses & Corporate leaders from Birmingham and across the UK as we launch the UK’s biggest Supplier Diversity Conference & Awards, for its first time in Birmingham, celebrating the city’s diverse & entrepreneurial community!

How to Register:


5.00pm Arrival

5.15pm Welcome launch

5.30pm Guest speaker

5.45pm Drinks and Networking


MSDUK Launch Party - July 2018


Commonwealth Bank Event

Event Speaker
9:00 – 9:30: Networking Breakfast
9:30 – 9:40: Welcome to Country Uncle Ray Davison, Metro Land Council
9:40 – 9:50: CBA Welcome Karen Sutton, CBA
9:50 – 10:10: Guest Speaker Mayank Shah, MSDUK
10:10 – 10:50: Panel Discussion Mayank Shah, MSDUK
Fernando Hernandez, Microsoft
Michael McLeod, Message Stick
Scott Wharton, CBA
10:50 – 11:00: Close and Restatement of 2nd tier initiative goals Facilitators – Robin Burton, Lucy Brereton
11:00 – 11:10: Walk to ICC, Supply Nation Tradeshow
11:00 – 12:00: Supply Nation Tradeshow walk Supply Nation

Intel Supplier Development Workshop

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It’s no secret that healthy competition leads to better products and services and a strengthened economy. Entrepreneurs have always been the catalysts for economic growth, and Intel has long been a champion of their efforts. To continue this tradition, Intel provides individuals with the relevant skills, literacy and resources they need to help their businesses succeed.

In 2015, Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich(link is external), shared Intel’s commitments to Diversity, which included spending $1b per annum with certified diverse suppliers. He further committed to Intel Capital spending $125m with diverse technology suppliers. To help enable this vision Intel’s CEO made available a diversity and inclusion fund of $300m. This shows Intel’s dedication at all levels within the organisation to drive success in Diversity, as well as build an innovative and diverse supply chain reflecting the market and supporting the communities we work in. In the United Kingdom Intel is driving an initiative in the supply chain and giving individuals the skills to compete in any economy.

Intel(link is external), a WEConnect International corporate member, invites you to join them for this supplier development workshop at their office in Canary Wharf, London. Learn more about the sourcing selection process and what organisations look for when they buy goods and services as well as some additional key hot topics that will help you think outside the box.

This event will be hosted and led by Intel Corporation and is aimed at diverse-owned businesses that provide products and services in the following sectors: Marketing, HR, Recruitment, Catering, Training, Advertising, Merchandise, Events, Corporate Services, Logistics, Facilities Management, Legal and Technology.

There are a limited number of places available for this free workshop so if you are interested in attending, please sign up online here: is external)


Unlocking Innovation Through Diversity: Business Networking Evening


Are you ready to pitch your innovation, scale up or test your business solution in front of senior business leaders?

MSDUK (Minority Supplier Development) is inviting all ethnic minority-led start-ups & businesses to join us for a networking reception.

Join us and hear about a range of programmes including the Innovation Challenge being offered to minority businesses in UK to support them through all stages of business development; from idea to market.


5.00pm: Arrival, Registration
5.15pm: Introduction
5.30pm: Innovation, Knowledge & Growth Hub
5.45pm: Audience Q&A
6.00pm: Networking reception with drinks & canapes

In partnership with:

MSDUK 2018 Innovation Challenge


Visit the official website for more information about the Challenge :


The MSDUK Innovation Challenge returns in 2018 for its second year as a feature at our well attended 2018 Conference and Awards. This year the conference will be held at the technologically advanced VOX Conference Centre in Birmingham.


What is the Innovation Challenge?

MSDUK Innovation Challenge invites innovative entrepreneurs , start-ups and graduates from Ethnic Minority backgrounds that have a new, disruptive idea, product or technology to participate in this unique business competition!

If you are looking for access to markets, supply chains, investment or industry expertise, look no further!

Enter the MSDUK Innovation Challenge competition and pitch your ideas to top Fortune 500 Firms, investors and industry experts!


Prizes include:

  • Scholarships to Tuck Business School executive management program
  • Access to Accenture Diverse Supplier Development Program
  • 1 yr free membership of MSDUK network


What sectors does the Innovation Challenge cover?

MSDUK is looking for applicants that have innovative product or solutions in a variety of sectors including:

  • Healthcare
  • Fintech
  • Real-Estate
  • Sustainability (Environment, Energy, Conservation)
  • Technology (Artificial Intelligence, Augmented/ Virtual Reality/ IOT, Cyber Security)



This year’s themes are:

  • Disruptive Businesses
  • Sustainable Futues
  • Tech for Good
  • Wildcard

How do I apply?

The Innovation Challenge is now open for applications!

There is no cost to apply for the Challenge, however, tickets will be on sale to attend the 2018 Conference and Awards in order to watch the finalists pitch live on Wednesday 26th September.



Am I eligible for the Innovation Challenge?

1) The Challenge is open to people of BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) origin who are permanent UK residents or UK citizens

2) Applicants must be over 18 years old to apply.

For more eligibility and criteria, please contact Ervin Picari.


What happened at the first MSDUK Innovation Challenge in 2017?

Amit Pate of Snaptivity won the very first Innovation Challenge in 2017; the runners ups were Joyeeta Das of GYANA and Syed Ahmed of SAVORTEX. To see all the 2017 finalists, please click here.

Please see the 2017 Innovation Challenge gallery and press release for more information.


I want more information on the Innovation Challenge!

For more information, please contact Ervin Picari; alternatively, please visit the official Innovation Challenge website FAQs page

MSDUK 2018 Conference and Awards

2018 Conference website is now live:


How do I register?

Use the orange button on the right hand side of the page!


About the MSDUK 2018 Conference & Awards

The much anticipated MSDUK Conference and Awards returns for its 6th year in 2018, looking to be bigger and better at its new location in Birmingham. The conference, previously held in Central London, has moved to the cultural heart of the Midlands and will take place at the brand new and technologically advanced VOX Conference Centre from Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th September 2018. (Click here to add our iCalendar to your Outlook)

The move provides a more central location for businesses and corporates alike who are based in all four corners of the country and the venue will provide excellent  transport links, by air, road and rail,  accommodating both national and  international guests.

Why come/ who is attending?

The 2 day event is a must-attend conference for Ethnic Minority Businesses (EMBs) and Corporations looking to drive inclusive procurement and connect with diverse like minded buisnessmen and women. Considered one of the biggest event in the UK championing supply chain diversity and inclusion, MSDUK 2018 Conference will attract over 700 attendees including:

*C-Suite corporate leaders representing some of the household corporate brands

*100s of procurement professionals

* Global diversity & inclusion leaders

* Policy maker

* Business delegations from the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa, China and from across Europe

* 100s of innovative and successful ethnic minority businesses from across the UK.


Never attended one of our conferences? Watch our 2016 Conference & Awards video here.


What to expect this year?

  • Full day Business Exhibition with breakout Meet The Buyer sessions and silent workshops by industry experts
  • Knowledge Forum- a day of sharing best practice, knowledge exchange and engaging debate with innovative business leaders, senior procurement professionals and famous faces from the political and media world.
  • The well received Innovation Challenge-a business competition launched last year attracting some of the cutting edge innovation from ethnic minority entrepreneurs
  • The glittering Business Awards Dinner hosted by a celebrity MC, offering unlimited entertainment, mouth watering food from around the world and recognising corporations and entrepreneurs for excellence, innovation and growth!
  • Welcoming our International delegates for a quintessentially British trip to Stratford Upon Avon to experience the life of William Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Centre on International Day (invitation only!)
  • Ample opportunity to network and connect in and around the VOX Conference Centre and Resorts World, the outlet shopping hub of the West Midlands, offering various new and exciting, entertainment and treatment facilities including IMAX Cinema and Genting Casino.


Key Dates


Friday 23rd March 2018, 9am

  • Registration opens
  • Business Awards application/ nominations open


Tuesday 15th May 2018 5pm

  • Business Awards application/ nominations close



Monday 24th September

  • International Day (invitation only)


Tuesday 25th September

  • Business Opportunity Day


Wednesday 26th September

  • Knowledge Forum (daytime)
  • Business Awards (evening)



For all available sponsorship packages/ questions about sponsorship, please contact Raj Pattani  at


More information

To keep up to date with news about this year’s conference, please follow MSDUK on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For information about the Innovation Challenge, please contact Ervin Picari at

For information about International Day, please contact Mayank Shah at



Testimonials from our 2016 Conference

Just wanted to say a personal thank you and well done for all of your efforts last week and over the last ten years.  As ever it was an excellent week and you surpassed yourselves again. I was really impressed by the exhibition morning which had such a buzz and energy.

Denise Nurse, Halebury


It was a lovely evening from start to finish and the speakers were first class – authentic, humour and inspirational.

Christina Vasili, KPMG


I just wanted to congratulate you on your outstanding achievements in delivering supplier diversity excellence to all the suppliers. From my own perspective I have seen the organisation go from strength to strength over the years and this was proved last week with the very well executed and enjoyable events.

Dee Patel, Brocks Compass

Meet The Buyer- February

Our Meet the Buyer events will be opened up for all categories, providing our ethnic minority businesses (EMBs) and corporate buyers the opportunity to attend more frequently throughout the year.

This event allows buyers to hold one or more meetings with our minority businesses and host round table discussions to explain the procurement and categoris within the business.

Following the event, a drinks reception will take place providing everyone the opportunity to network over complimentary food and drink.

Registration: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Welcome/Opening Session: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Corporate round table discussions: 2.45pm – 3.30pm
One to One meetings: 3:30pm – 5.05pm
Drinks and food reception: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

This event is free for our Certified Businesses and Corporate Members.