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From silverscreen to SMB: Sage Summit to welcome movie stars speakers

BEIRUT | - April 27, 2016, 13h47

It’s a small and medium business event, but it begins to look like a film festival. Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, announced today that additional speakers from the entertainment industry and from business would participate in Sage Summit 2016, the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium businesses. Over 20,000 people from around the world will meet in Chicago, IL, on July 25-28 to share their passion for business, life and helping others.

Joining Sir Richard Branson on the keynote agenda at Sage Summit will be some of the biggest names in business and entertainment.

The giving economy: Why doing good is great for business

Gwyneth Paltrow (Oscar-winning Actress, founder and CCO of goop, a lifestyle newsletter that sets trends) and Zooey Deschanel, (actress, singer-songwriter, and cofounder of HelloGiggles, a positive online community for women which was recently acquired by Time Inc), will talk about the rise of social enterprise: How entrepreneurs are looking to find ways not just to create successful businesses but also ones that benefit the world around them.

Values over valuation: Building a mission-driven business

Ashton Kutcher (actor, entrepreneur, tech investor, and producer)

and Yancey Strickler (cofounder and CEO of Kickstarter) will share their experiences on how they’ve built their own successful businesses but also been cornerstones to help other new businesses grow.

Sink or swim: Surviving the sharks at the investment pitch

Robert Herjavec (founder and CEO of Herjavec Group and investor on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show “Shark Tank”) and Daymond John (founder and CEO of FUBU, star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and CEO of Shark Branding) will give an inside look at what passionate investors want to see and advice on how to stay focused.

In addition, the Sage Summit celebration party for attendees will feature Houndmouth, a critically-acclaimed new band from New Albany, Indiana, whose second album Little Neon Limelight was released in March 2015, and a very special, multi-platinum, headline act to be announced on social media.  

Van Diamandakis, EVP of Brand, Sage commented, “Sage Summit is the largest global gathering of entrepreneurs and small businesses, and we want to ignite their passion with some of the most successful celebrity entrepreneurs speaking, sharing their passion for business, living and giving on stage. They believe, like we do, that small businesses are the driving force of our economies, and they will share their incredible stories and expertise to inspire 20,000 attendees on to greater success.”

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