Distill Ventures returns to BCB for the third year with an inspiring day of three free seminars to challenge and inform Europe’s best drinks entrepreneurs. Featuring the Distill Venture’s founders and some of the most successful drink entrepreneurs and industry experts, if you’re launching or expanding a spirits brand, this is the day for you!

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Better drinks when you’re not drinking – Non alcoholic drinks & their role in the future of the industry

11:30am - 12:30pm
Whether or not you’re drinking alcohol, customers in today’s bars & restaurants do not want to compromise on taste, atmosphere or experience. This shift is creating one of the biggest opportunity in the drinks industry and a new category that we're very excited about, non alcoholic drinks. 

Our session will explore what trends are driving these changing tastes, how do brands deliver a great experience to people who are not drinking alcohol, what types of drinks fall into this new category and finally how can entrepreneurs shape the growth of non alcoholic drinks?
Presented by Dan Gasper of Distill Ventures along with a special guest speaker, Iain Griffiths of Mr. Lyan/Trash Tiki, listen as they present a new definition of the category, explore where the industry is at today and future gaze about this dynamic and creative new corner of drinks.
11:30

Better drinks when you’re not drinking – Non alcoholic drinks & their role in the future of the industry

Speakers


  • Dan Gasper
    COO
    Distill Ventures
  • Matt Whiley
    Scout/Talented Mr. Fox

Winning at Home – how to start strong in your home market

13:00pm - 14:00pm
I’m launching a spirit brand - What does a successful first year look like?

The Craft spirits industry is exploding with 100’s of new brands launching in every country every year. With so much competition, exporting your product has become difficult, so winning at home should be your number one priority!

In this session, you’ll hear from 4 of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs discuss their experiences hiring brand ambassadors, supporting wholesalers and creating innovative trade marketing.
Panellists will be Alex Wolpert, Founder of East London Liquor Company, Miika Lipiainen, Co-founder & CEO of Kyro Distillery, Max Wagner, Co-founder of Belsazar Vermouth and Enno Proff, Gerneral Manager of Ferrand Deutschland with the session being chaired by Dan Gasper of Distill Ventures.
13:00

Winning at Home – how to start strong in your home market

Speakers
  • Alex Wolpert
    Founder
    East London Liquor Company
  • Max Wagner
    Co-founder
    Belsazar Vermouth
  • Dan Gasper
    COO
    Distill Ventures
  • Miika Lipiainen
    CEO & Co-founder
    Kyrö Distillery Company
  • Enno Proff
    General Manager
    Ferrand Deutschland

In Your Own Words – how to be brilliant at telling your founder story

14:30pm - 15:30pm
Telling your brand story is a uniquely powerful method for entrepreneurs looking to make an impact with their drinks brand. 

In our session, we will be sharing the most effective strategies to market your brands in today’s landscape, as modern consumers are not only interested in the brand - they want to know who makes it, where do they make it and most importantly, why are they making it. As a result, telling your founder story well is the least costly and most impactful way to market your brands effectively in the current landscape.
Attendees will also receive a FREE copy of our limited edition ‘Founder Story’ book - a simple and easy-to-use manual designed to spark creative thoughts and encourage entrepreneurs to live, tell and craft their story.
14:30

In Your Own Words - how to be brilliant at telling your founder story

Speakers




  • Zoe DeCool
    Brand Insight Expert
    Distill Ventures
  • Dan Shrimpton
    Investment Director
    Distill Ventures