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Startup Summit 2018 Announces First Speakers

Ross Kelly


Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship event has announced a world-class line-up of speakers, including some of the UK’s most successful business leaders.

Startup Summit 2018 has just confirmed its first speakers for this year’s event, which will be held the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh this October.

Alan Mahon, Co-founder of Brewgooder, a craft beer social enterprise, which has so far provided clean water to over 33,000 people in developing countries, and Mike Welch, Founder of Atterley and, which sold to Michelin for £50million in 2015 have been confirmed as speakers.

The theme of Startup Summit 2018 is ‘the power of company culture’. The event will provide a platform for discussion on how entrepreneurs can react to the growing values-led mentality of both consumers and employees, as well as address recent controversies and issues such as the gender pay gap results and the gig economy.

The event is once again being backed by Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, Johnston Carmichael.

Sharing Entrepreneurial Insights

Zoi Kantounatou, Co-founder of FutureX, the organisation behind Startup Summit, said: “It’s been seven years since the first Startup Summit, and now the event is known internationally as an invaluable hub of education and inspiration for entrepreneurs at every stage of business.”

Mahon said: “Culture, both inside and out, is very important to us at Brewgooder. Whether it’s the positive impact of office beers on workplace motivation or how beer can be the next big thing in philanthropy, it’s great to be able to reflect on the how central the notion of culture is to the future of entrepreneurship and business. I’m interested to hear what others have to say on it.”

Welch commented: “I know first-hand the twists and turns of running a startup and I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge to support new businesses. It’s really exciting to be able to provide some insights and meet up-and-coming entrepreneurs at Startup Summit.”

Ross Kelly

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