Kent 2020 Vision Start-Up LIVE is a free-to-attend event for young businesses (typically less than two years old) or new entrepreneurs looking to start a business in the next 6-12 months.

Just one day at this unique event will provide you with the information, advice and guidance that you need to succeed.

You may be looking to grow a young company or start your first business from scratch, on your own or with a business partner. Either way, you will certainly have lots of questions, be keen to find out what support is available and be on the hunt for guidance, contacts and inspiration to help you on your journey.

Visit at any time during the day to take advantage of our free Keynote & Workshop Programme and meet the largest collection of suppliers to new businesses in the South East, including: accountants, finance organisations, marketing agencies, legal services, landlords, trainers, IT suppliers, insurers and many more…

When you visit the event, you can also find out about potential funding options and the significant amount of support available from local authorities, Government departments, universities, specialist business support organisations and other special initiatives.

Kent 2020 Vision Start-Up LIVE is supported by Kent County Council, the Kent Event Centre and The KM Group – specifically designed to support entrepreneurs’ ambitions for success.

PLUS: Amazing Kickstart Prize!

All pre-registered visitors to the event will automatically be entered into a draw to win an exclusive Kickstart prize worth over £5,000. This amazing package typically includes items such as:

  • Social Media Training
  • Cloud-based Accounting Services
  • Phone / Internet Services
  • Computer Hardware
  • Bespoke Business Stationery
  • Business Coaching & Advice
  • Fully fitted stand at Kent 2020 Vision LIVE
  • Pull-up Display & Branded Banner
  • Rent-free Office Space
  • Book & Training Vouchers

Sponsors & Exhibitors

From the team behind Kent 2020 Vision LIVE, this exciting event is specifically designed to support entrepreneur’s ambitions for success.

Kent 2020 Vision START-UP LIVE isn’t just a market for essential products and services and a huge networking opportunity… It’s a unique educational platform for start-up businesses to build new relationships and to learn, engage and hear from specialists on important topics such as: IT & Web, Telecoms, Print & Design, Marketing, Sales, Business Planning, VAT issues, HR, Finance & Cash Flow, Renting Office Space, Legal Issues and a whole lot more.

Hundreds of enthusiastic visitors will come to Kent 2020 Vision START-UP LIVE looking for relevant solutions and partners for the future. Attendees will include:

– People who have started a new business within the last 2 years

– People looking to start a new business: from individuals seeking a lifestyle change or salary replacement, to innovative thinkers in search of high growth potential.

The number of new business start-ups grew by a record 20% in 2011, concentrated in London and the South East. This growth is partially due to the decline in full-time jobs and an increase in redundancies, making self-employment and business ownership an increasingly appealing option for many.

To meet these aspirations and address the many challenges involved, Kent 2020 Vision START-UP LIVE provides an ideal platform for you to engage with hundreds of Kent & Medway pre-starts and new starts.

Stands and Workshop packages are offered on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

For more information, the latest floorplan & prices, please contact us.


With over 50 years’ experience and an enviable reputation for hosting large scale exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences and dinner dances, the Kent Event Centre is the perfect venue for Kent 2020 START-UP LIVE.

The event takes place in the impressive new Clive Emson Conference & Exhibition Centre, Kent’s most comfortable and convenient event facility.


Kent Event Centre
Kent Showground
ME14 3JF