Masterclass: Fearless entrepreneurs will cope with the pandemic

Online (Zoom link provided after registration)
22-23 April 2020

Objectives of this Masterclass

This unique video conferencing based workshop has been designed to help you through the business challenges presented by the pandemic, and to leave you feeling confident about the future, covering:

  • Short to long term impacts of COVID19 on your business
  • Your business model and to be able to rebuild it stronger than ever
  • Communication in crisis
  • Finding balance, clarity and courage as entrepreneurs (wellbeing)


The threat of COVID19 is unprecedented and game-changing, and entrepreneurs are not immune to its impact. If you and your business are impacted by the pandemic and its affecting your current strategy, leaving you:

  • Evaluating your current business risks that put you on edge
  • Feeling the ‘ups and downs’ of pursuing your ambitions
  • Stretching your decision-making capability to the limit
  • Keeping you awake at night thinking about the challenges ahead

Target group:  

Current start-ups of the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator


Wednesday 22 April, 10:00 – 17:30 CET


Thursday 23 April, 15:00 – 17:15 CET (followed by informal drinks session)

Preparatory session:

Tuesday 21 April ~15:00 – 17:00 CET

Deadline for registration:

Sunday 19 April 2020

Available seats:

20 (first come, first-serve; but a second edition is scheduled for 20 May)


Mr. Assim Ishaque (details below)


This course will be split into three modules over three days, including:

  • Highly interactive working with entrepreneurs across Europe
  • Practical workshops focused on your business
  • Learning lessons and new tools to help mitigate the impact of COVID19 your business
  • Finish with a virtual social to reflect on the lessons with other participants


A detailed agenda will be circulated after successful registration!

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


This not a ‘listen and learn’ Masterclass

This Masterclass is designed to help attendees on their journeys towards building confidence and fearless capability. It will help you discover the hidden opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in your business journey.

Use your ‘Fearless Entrepreneurship’ capability to confidently get your business through the immediate challenges ahead and become even stronger for future investor pitches, contract negotiations or growth challenges.

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


A CERTIFICATE will be provided upon completion of the workshop!


Masterclass presented 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 $2 billion of cleantech projects, including wind farms, new bioenergy 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 Forestry Commission in the UK, 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 a member of The Energy Institute, was a registered Chartered Energy Manager and took a short break from his own companies when leading the commercialising research at Birmingham City University in digital media, artificial intelligence systems and virtual reality.

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 podcasts inspiring conversations to support the start-up community. He supports innovators through growth challenges, creates his own unique seminars and is a conference speaker on entrepreneurship.

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