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Key dates to start up Scotland

Pens and diaries out please for key dates in Scotland in the next few weeks  to promote business start-up and enterprise.

The Start-Up Britain campaign bus arrives in Scotland on Tuesday November 6. The first stop will be at Glasgow's Caledonian University between 9am and 12 noon. It then moves on to Stow College, Glasgow.  The tour is specifically targeting young entrepreneurs across the country, aiming to inspire and support young people interested in starting their own business.

The next day, Wednesday November 7, the Start-Up tour moves to Stirling with a session at Stirling University Innovation Park between 9am and 12 pm. In the afternoon, the bus comes to the University of Edinburgh between 2pm and 5pm.

You can register to join these events at and if you are an entrepreneur or business advisor and would like to spare a couple of hours of your time to help mentor students during any of these events, simply fill out the form on the website.

Interested in starting or growing a business? Come along for our one day Start Up Summit conference on 14th November at The Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh.

The full programme is

Arrivals and Coffee 9:00-9:30

9:30-11:00:  Nothing is Stopping You

  • Intro - TBC - Scottish Minister
  • Matt - BeerBods
  • Lucy Frankel - Vegware
  • Callum Murray - Fresh Interior Solutions

Panel: Virgin Media Pioneers - Jos Smart, Launch.ed - Hilary Roberts, E-Club - Joanna Young, Enterprise Nation - Emma Jones, SIE - Tom Maguire,

Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Getting Out the Bedroom

  • Stephen Ng - CubicBlue
  • Martin Sloots
  • Iain Catterall -Smartlocal Vouchers

Panel: Interactive Scotland - Alistair Gun, Starter For 6 - David Smith, E-Spark - Jim Duffy, TechCube - OllyTreadway, Napier Incubator - Nick Fanning, The Melting Pot - Claire Carpenter, Alba Innovation Centre -Stephen Morris.

12:30 - 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-15:30: Building a Team

  • Elizabeth Moody - Engage and Align
  • Micheal Young - MBN Recruitment
  • Lorna Pellet - Love Pure Cakes

Panel: Informatics Ventures - Danny Helson, Business Gateway - TBC, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce - John Hughes/Fraser Lusty, Edinburgh Guarantee - Mark Smith

Coffee Break

15:30-17:00: Going Global

  • Shane Costorphine - Skyscanner
  • Michael Lemetti
  • Shan You - Orchira Jewellery

Panel - Archangles - John Waddell, LINC - Alan Donald, BloomVC - Amanda Boyle, Seedrs - Carlos Silva, Entrepreneurial Exchange - John Anderson, Chair - Barry Duddy.

Networking and Drinks