The Evening Standard & Amex present: The Sport of Business, produced by 5x15

Sport of Business
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An incredible networking opportunity, to discover how a sporting mindset can enhance your business.

Sir Steve Redgrave

Five times Olympic gold medallist in five successive Games - Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney, in the words of the former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, "raises Sir Steve Redgrave to the highest rank of Olympic participants." Other achievements include nine World Championship gold medals and three Commonwealth gold medals. Sir Steve was BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2000 and has been awarded 13 Honorary Doctorates from universities in the UK including Durham, Loughborough, Hull, St Andrew’s, Aberdeen and the University of London. He was Knighted in the New Year's Honours List 2000, which accompanies his MBE in 1987 and his CBE in 1997. In 2001 Sir Steve set-up his charity – The Steve Redgrave Trust, aimed at raising £5 million over five years for children’s charities. In April 2006 at the London Marathon, he broke the record for the most money raised by an individual, a staggering £1.8 million. Steve became a recipient of the prestigious Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and today sits on the Executive Committee working with Sport For Good, the Charitable organisation with a remit to prove that the power of sport can change the world and put an end to violence discrimination and disadvantage. Sir Steve has published six books, including Enduring Success: How to Stay at the Top in Business, which brings together lessons from business on long-term results and how to achieve them. During his sporting career, which spans nearly a quarter of a century, Steve learned to face the challenges of redefining goals, learning new skills, fighting off renewed competition, making difficult choices and staying motivated. Enduring Success mixes his take on the nature of success with the key lessons of leading businesses, people and brands to look at what creates long-term success.

Kike Oniwinde Agoro

Kike Oniwinde Agoro is the Founder and CEO of BYP Network, a platform that connects black professionals to each other and corporations. She is a BSc Economics graduate from the University of Nottingham, University of Florida MSc scholar, and an ex-Great Britain javelin thrower. After gaining work experience in investment banking, Kike then worked in Business Development at a fast-growing financial technology firm for two years because she realised ‘tech is the future’. Her motivation for starting BYP Network was to “change the Black narrative” and the platform has since grown to over 150,000 members and over 1000 corporate clients including Facebook, Burberry and Goldman Sachs. BYP members have been upskilled through mentorship, thought-leadership events and industry specific insight along with an enhanced network. Kike’s proudest moments include the annual BYP Network Leadership Conference attended by thousands of Black professionals, as well as the BYP $1m crowdfund that saw 1200 community investors. Kike is a Forbes 30 under 30, Maserati Top 100 Most Innovative Founders and a Computer Weekly UK Top 50 woman in Technology. She is on the board of the London Chambers of Commerce Black Business Association, Getting on Boards and is a London Tech Ambassador. Kike is a proud wife and mother to her daughter, Yetunde, who was named after her mum that passed away 7 months before her birth.

Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles

Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, two former Saracens rugby players, co-founded microbrewery business Wolfpack in 2014 after identifying a gap in the market. They now run three successful London Bars under the Wolfpack banner and sell their beer to over 400 pub venues in the UK. American born Chris had 254 appearances as a professional rugby player at Saracens RFU and helped the club win four Aviva Premiership titles and two European Rugby Champions Cups. Alistair captained the South African Schools rugby team before leading the South African U19 team to a World Cup victory in 2014. Thereafter, he went on to have a successful career at the Durban Sharks winning 2 Currie Cups before signing for Saracens in 2012. He captained Saracens to the Premiership title in 2015 and was involved in Saracens' first European Champions Cup title before retiring from rugby in 2016. As Alistair has said: “Wolfpack means bringing people together and gaining that sense of camaraderie that you get from doing something that’s greater than yourself... The strength of the wolf is in its pack, and we believe that wholeheartedly."

Lucy Tobin
Our host

Lucy Tobin is a senior business reporter at The Evening Standard, covering entrepreneurs, start-ups and CEO interviews. She has been named Business Journalist of the Year at the Santander Media Awards and is the author of seven books, including Entrepreneur and Ausperity. Lucy also sets the agenda of The Evening Standard's annual SME XPO scale-up conference.