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Sage Summit 2016 global gathering of entrepreneurs

Sage Summit 2016 set to be largest global gathering of entrepreneurs

Sir Richard Branson joined by Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel on keynote line-up

Chicago, July 25 2016 – Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, welcome over 15,000 entrepreneurs and Small & Medium business owners from around the world to Chicago for this year’s Sage Summit, the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and business builders.

The theme of the event (July 25-28), which is expected to almost double the capacity of last year’s event in New Orleans, features some of the biggest stars of the entertainment and business world, invited to share their passion for business, life, and helping others.

Sage is expected to unveil new product launches, with CEO Stephen Kelly using his keynote speech to announce new tools, technologies and partnerships. A donation to an inspiring Chicago charity will also be announced and surprise guests will join the keynote speakers throughout the week, including local Chicago heroes. To close the annual event, The Killers will perform hits like ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘When we were young’.

Joining Stephen Kelly on the keynote agenda is Sir Richard Branson, alongside:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar®-winning Actress, founder and CCO of goop, a lifestyle newsletter that sets trends
  • Zooey Deschanel, actress, singer-songwriter, and cofounder of HelloGiggles, a positive online community for women which was recently acquired by Time Inc.
  • Robert Herjavec, founder and CEO of Herjavec Group and investor on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show “Shark Tank"
  • Daymond John, Founder/CEO of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, star of ABC's Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group. 
  • Ashton Kutcher, actor, entrepreneur, tech investor, and producer
  • Yancey Strickler, cofounder and CEO of Kickstarter

Bringing together Sage’s customers, partners, and colleagues, Sage Summit is designed to encourage learning and networking, while celebrating the power of the global entrepreneurial Business community.

For the first time, Sage Summit will have a dedicated series of events for millennials to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, building on Sage’s commitment to invest in programmes to give this group of talent the right business foundations.

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage, said: “This week, Chicago becomes the hub for the world’s entrepreneurs. This community is the most powerful driver of economic prosperity in the global economy, creating two thirds of all jobs. This week, we celebrate these business builders, and we also seek to support them and inspire them, giving them a voice on the world stage and creating the technology of tomorrow. Sage Summit will be like rocket fuel for their businesses and we can’t wait to welcome them to this unforgettable event.’

Sage Summit is being supported by Microsoft as Titanium Sponsor, Salesforce as Diamond Sponsor, Fairsail, Scanforce, U.S. Bank, and Website Pipeline as Platinum Sponsors and Aatrix, Acom Solutions, Altec, Certify, Edisoft, Expensify, Kimble, Nextec, One, Vertex, ZAP as Gold Sponsors.

About Sage

Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the UK 30 years ago and over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. And as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation.

The full Sage product portfolio will be on show at Sage Summit, the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs and leaders of Small & Medium Businesses, taking place in Chicago, IL, on July 25-28.

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