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Ability Programme: Running a business as an entrepreneur with a disability: Kaleidoscope Investments

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, G15

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Interested in finding out about setting up your own business?  This session, run by Hardeep Rai CEO and Founder of Ki, will give you a valuable insight into the world of entrepreneurship with a specific focus on entrepreneurs with a disability.

In this session Hardeep shares his life journey to the point of incorporating Kaleidoscope Investments and then speaks of his experiences after meeting 900+ disabled entrepreneurs.

He will go through some inspiring case studies and share his observations on the secrets behind a successful business. He will finally finish on discussing how how Kaleidoscope Investments can help disabled entrepreneurs to start their own businesses or alternatively, find employment. 

Hardeep Bio:

Hardeep is the Founder and Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Investments, a company that exclusively invests in disabled people with great business ideas. He spent 23 years in the Investment Management industry including 13 years in the well-known Hedge Fund, Gartmore Investment Management. He spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, investor and business growth specialist.

He worked as Client Director at Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners (HBVP) a growth advisory business founded by James Caan (Ex-Dragons Den). HBVP was focussed on helping to aggressively grow SME's businesses with a view to preparing them for an Exit.

He is educated to Master’s level in International Business law and graduated from the University of London. 

Kaleidoscope investments (Ki):

Ki specialises in helping disabled people with great business ideas, to set up and start their own businesses. They work with anyone that has a disability according to the Equalities Act 2010 and are completely sector agnostic. They focus on the entrepreneur and their capabilities.

In addition to bringing investment to the table, they also introduce business savvy mentors who have all been or continue to be, successful entrepreneurs. Additionally they have our own methodology of growing companies that they apply to the businesses that they work with, which is effectively their ‘secret sauce’.

They have recently set up Kaleidoscope Recruitment which is their recruitment business specifically helping people with disabilities into job roles and then helping them to stay there as long as they can.


**This event is exclusive to Students and Graduates registered with the Ability Programme at Birkbeck. Please contact us with any accessibilty requirements you may have.**

For information on how to register with the programme,  please email

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