Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Annual Conference will take place next week. According to organizers, the country’s leading business membership network has assembled a “world-class” line up of speakers including Bill Aulet, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and Managing Director of Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship. The entrepreneur and academician will share his experience and insights with Scotland’s business leaders under the theme of “Disruption”. Aulet will bring a global perspective to the challenges and opportunities of scaling up Scottish businesses.
Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, commented on the forthcoming event;
“Our conference brings together some of the most successful global figures, the leaders of the country’s fastest growing companies and those transforming our major public organisations. We are incredibly fortunate that in Scotland we are able to bring all this expertise together at Gleneagles to benefit all the entrepreneurially minded individuals attending – the people who are working hard to strengthen the country’s economy and society.”
Presenters include Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, will share how The Helix project, a £43 million development has transformed 350 hectares of under-used land into a new parkland, canal hub and visitor attraction featuring the biggest pair of equine sculptures on the planet – The Kelpies – that are making an increasingly significant contribution to Scotland’s economy.
Other speakers on the day will include: Rod Mountain who leads on Design & Innovation for the first Academic Health Science Partnership (AHSP) in Scotland, Mike Welch OBE, Blackcircles; Lesley Eccles, FanDuel; Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015, Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone, Cheeky Chompers and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Mike Loggie, Saltire Energy; Karen Marshall, Bridge of Weir Leather Company; Brian Duffy, Aurum Holdings; Ron McCulloch, JJJ International; Jim McColl OBE, Clyde Blowers; Bob Keiller, previously Wood Group; and Ellis Watson, DC Thomson.
“The University of Strathclyde has an entrepreneurial focus beyond research. We are committed to making Scotland a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation through our strategic partnership with Entrepreneurial Scotland,” said Professor Eleanor Shaw, Vice Dean.
“Support for innovation and entrepreneurship within the public sector will not only help grow the economy, but will introduce significant efficiencies and savings to the public purse,” stated Mountain.