How to build a business model that wins investors and closes deals

Berlin, Germany
10-11 December 2019

Linking with TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the world’s leading conference for debuting revolutionary start-ups. From 11 to 12 December

Timing for the Masterclass

Day 1: 10 December: 09:00-17:00 followed by networking dinner

Day 2: 11 December: 09:00-16:30

Audience: Limited to current participants and alumni of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator programme.


Who should attend?

If you believe that being and entrepreneur is more than strategy, pitch decks and financial forecasts and:

  • Have taken business risks that put you on ‘edge’?
  • Felt the ‘ups and downs’ of realising your ambitions?
  • Stretched your decision making to the limit?
  • Lie awake at night thinking about the challenges ahead?

You WILL benefit from this unique and proactive Masterclass to learn new powerful entrepreneurial tools in a way that no business class, ‘self-help’ book, YouTube video will help you.

This masterclass is based on two decades of business experience from turning a redundancy payment into a successful profitable business, working on multimillion Euro cleantech projects, leading sustainability initiatives for billionaire property moguls and monetising disruptive clean technology.


Objectives for attendees of this Masterclass, you will:

  • Understand the truth about business failure and learn to protect your business
  • Learn ‘real world approach’ to assess business challenges
  • Learn to ‘power’ your negotiations & sales and grow your business confidence
  • Review and rebuild your business model to attract investors and build traction
  • Discover your ‘authenticity’ to become a happier and more connected entrepreneur


This not a ‘listen and learn’ Masterclass

This is a journey to build a new powerful business capability within you, to discover the hidden opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in your business journey.

The two days will be active, challenging, humorous and stretching –preparing you for a better future.

The business model that you arrive with may not be the same as the one you leave with. Whatever the shape and size of your plans, you will be better prepared for the future than before you arrived.

This not an ‘inspiration’ event, but a proactive workout, an entertaining and engaging Masterclass. You will take back an action plan to give you greater confidence to achieve your business ambitions. You will also get the opportunity to arrange a one to one session to address  any business concerns that might arise from this Masterclass.



Click here to book your place.

Pre-event questionnaire must be completed within three days of acceptance on to the masterclass, time to complete is 10 minutes.

Please book individually for this masterclass. Early application is advised as places are limited. Lunch and snacks are provided, along with a networking dinner on the first night.

Organised in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Tangent and EIT Climate-KIC.Please contact terre.duffy@tcd.ie if you have queries relating to the masterclass.


Masterclass designed and delivered by Assim Ishaque

A multi award winning inventor, entrepreneur and environmentalist, driven to make a positive impact on the environment and society. Assim has been working across the cleantech sector, leading sustainability initiatives for billionaire property owners, Government departments and Local Authorities.

He has been involved in over $2billion of cleantech projects, including wind farms, new bio energy technology, waste to energy innovations, electronic waste recycling, solar energy manufacturing and most recently commercialising a retrofit energy efficiency system for residential property. He is also an inventor of an interesting pixel art toy system too !

His career has been equally broad, starting with HSBC Bank, sales and marketing in the FMCG sector and communication technology for Virgin media. He later founded his cleantech and sustainability company, Envirup and served on the board of the UK Government Forestry Commission, supported the HRH Prince of Wales initiative for entrepreneurs ‘The Princes Trust’ and is a board member of a successful school. He was elected as member of The Energy Institute, was a registered Chartered Energy Manager and now commercialising research at Birmingham City University in Digital Media, Artificial Intelligence systems and Virtual Reality, Health Technology and Sustainable Land Use.

Following his review of business education and accelerators he formed ‘The Entrepreneurs Trust’ to educate founders to understand the reality of business and better prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. Assim produces podcasts to support the community, consults with innovators to get them through the grow challenges and creates his own unique seminars and speaks on entrepreneurship at conferences, events and accelerator programs.

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