New for 2018! Shepherd’s Bush Comedy Festival launches Gigglebyte - a series of tech talks, workshops, panel discussions and events is

Jul 12, 2018 · Where comedy meets tech & business.


The re-imagined festival will return this year, offering a convergence of tech, music and comedy events. Gigglebyte is the brainchild of Upstream, the growth partnership helping to make Hammersmith and Fulham the best place to live, work and play.

The festival, which is aimed at residents, entrepreneurs, start-ups and those working in the tech and creative sectors, has been launched in a bid to cement the borough’s spot as a leading tech and creative hub in London following the launch of the council’s industrial strategy last summer which aimed to make the borough the best place to do business in Europe.

Gigglebyte has been created to harness the power of comedy and humour to inspire and support entrepreneurs. In particular, Upstream hope that the festival will help to tackle sexism in start-up investment. The festival will be offering female entrepreneurs the opportunity to enrol in stand-up comedy lessons, with business and humour coach Sarah Archer, as a way of improving their investor pitching.

Following the workshop, female entrepreneurs will pitch to a panel for the chance to win a top prize that includes cash and 6 months of mentoring from NatWest. The panel of judges will include Kate Newhouse, CEO of venture builders Blenheim Chalcot, Chris Corbishley of Forward Partners and Nick Howe of NatWest.

Building on the success of the Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival, which featured the likes of Tim Key, Joe Lycett and the Guilty Feminist, the festival will play host to some of the biggest names in UK comedy including James Acaster, Tim Key, Jessie Cave, Mark Watson and Nina Conti before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this summer.

Scheduled events for the festival include:

- Tuesday 24/7/18: Fuelling Business: How to use humour as an engine of growth. Gigglebyte launches with an evening panel and drinks. We know laughter is important to well-being but might is also be harnessed to improve the bottom line. Join Sarah Archer (Storytelling and business coach), Paul Coleman (BAFTA award-winning writer of Car Share), Steve North (General Manager, UKTV Comedy & Entertainment including Dave) and Dr. Steven Cross (comedian and communications coach) for a special evening and drinks.

- Wednesday 25/7/18: Stand Up & Pitch – An event for female entrepreneurs to hone their stand up skills /stand out skills to pitch their business and then pitch to an investors panel - lead by comedian and business coach Sarah Archer. Following the 4 hour workshop – there will be an opportunity to pitch to a panel of experts and investors – with a cash and mentoring prize. Panel includes Kate Newhouse, CEO of venture builders Blenheim Chalcot, Chris Corbishley of Forward Partners and Nick Howe of NatWest.

- Thursday 26/7/18: Upstream Thursday drinks, free co-working spaces, food and fitness discounts.

- Friday 27/7/18: Improv Your Business brought you by Hoopla business. The final part of Gigglebyte’s programme will teach you how to use the secrets of the world’s best improvisers to supercharge your communication skills and make you a better storyteller, an amazing listener, and an inspiring leader.

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