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Nicola Sturgeon To Keynote Startup Summit

Brian Baglow


Nicola Stugeon: Scotland's First Minister Will Give The Keynote At Scotland's Startup Summit

Scotland’s First Minister will open the conference focused on entrepreneurs and startup companies on November 1st 2017.

The Startup Summit, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on November 1st was already looking good. A fantastic line-up of speakers and panelists included some of the country’s most successful business leaders, pioneers and innovators (and DIGIT…)

Now We Are The Future, the company behind the conference has announced that Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister will deliver the keynote address.

The First Minister will use the platform to set out her plans for supporting entrepreneurship, alongside meeting some of Scotland’s most innovative startups and entrepreneurs.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Working with our partners through Scotland CAN DO, I believe Scotland can become the most entrepreneurial and innovative society in the world.

“Therefore I look forward to participating in this year’s Startup Summit and meeting with our newest entrepreneurs. By nurturing, supporting and inspiring the incredible fresh talent we have here in Scotland, events like this have an important part to play in helping us to realise that vision.”

Bruce Walker, the founder of We Are The Future told DIGIT: “Entrepreneurs from all across the world will come together next week at the Startup Summit and we’re really delighted to be announcing new partners, ECCI and STV on board, alongside the announcement that First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon will deliver the opening keynote. Attendees should expect a packed day of incredible talks, practical workshops and advice from some of the most successful leaders in business.”

Brian Baglow, DIGIT’s Senior Staff Writer, who is chairing the panel on Supercharging Startups, told DIGIT: “Scotland is one of the best places in the world to build a new company. There’s a huge amount of support out there through public and private sector organisations such as Business Gateway, the Cultural Enterprise office, the incubators and centres of excellence.

“Everyone we speak to in the tech sector mentions the wonderful talent pipeline through the universities and this is multiplied by the strong sense of community and collaboration that is very rare in other regions.

“Having the first minister open the conference makes a statement about the importance and value of new companies to the economy. I’m looking forward to a fascinating and really useful event.”

New Partners Announced

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has joined as key partners and become the main sponsor for Business Builders, a new stage at the Startup Summit which will cover a diversity of dynamic entrepreneurs and experts sharing their practical advice on how to grow businesses, from digital marketing to angel investment, the stage will help entrepreneurs find out how to get noticed and scale-up.

Ed Craig, Deputy Director and Head of Innovation at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) “As the official partner of Climate-KIC – Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme – in Scotland, ECCI is supporting world class ideas and young growing businesses to create and accelerate their low carbon enterprise based on a strong validated business model.

We’re really excited to be sponsoring the Startup Summit because, as one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship events, it’s a great platform to support new companies addressing climate challenges.”

WeAreTheFuture has also secured a major partnership with broadcaster STV which has aired a new TV advert promoting the Startup Summit on it’s new STV2 channel. STV will also host a ‘make your brand famous’ workshop and will be interviewing Marie Owen founder and CEO of LS Productions on the main stage – the company behind Harry Styles latest music video.

Danielle Kelly, client services director at STV, said: “We are thrilled to be a media partner for next month’s Startup Summit. STV is committed to supporting the growth of start-ups and SMEs and we work closely with businesses across Scotland to offer commercial opportunities tailored to the specific needs of each individual business. This event will provide a great platform for entrepreneurs and new business growth and we’re excited to be involved.”

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