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Innovation in Scotland Part 2: Entrepreneurship

November 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Against a backdrop of EDAS’ continuing focus on ‘people, planet and place’, this will be the final event in a series of three held this season, preceded by ‘Women in Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Innovation in Scotland – The 10-year Strategy’.

Encouraging entrepreneurship is a key action in the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation. By promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, we can in turn diversify Scotland’s business base, take our place as a world-leading innovative nation, and help people of all backgrounds to fulfil their potential. By becoming a place of innovation and growth, we’ll then also reap the wider benefits to society.

This session will welcome key individuals from across Scotland’s entrepreneurial and business landscapes to discuss how we’re fostering a culture of entrepreneurship in Scotland. The first part of the session will welcome Mark Logan, Scotland’s Chief Entrepreneur, to set the scene; covering policy and aims, before clarifying how we demonstrate delivery, and nurture the key levers to driving output – talent supply, infrastructure, and funding. The second part of the session will cover three main topics: The Scottish Startup Ecosystem, Community Entrepreneurship, and The Entrepreneurial Campus, hearing from key speakers who, together, have worked with some of Scotland’s foremost entrepreneurial ecosystems and funding organisations.

Why Attend?

The purpose of the session is to update on Scotland’s plans, ambitions, and action in relation to entrepreneurship.

Who’s it for?

Scotland’s economic development community – any individual or organisation that plays a part in creating a thriving economy, and supporting the prosperity and wellbeing of Scotland’s people, businesses, communities, and environment.


Welcome and Intro

14:00 – 14:05     Event Chair – Paul Zealey, Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland


Part 1 Overview: Evolution of Entrepreneurial Policy into Practice

14:05 – 14:20    Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneurial Adviser to Scottish Government


Part 2 Making it Happen

Scottish Startup Ecosystem – Techscaler

14:20 – 14:30    Jon Hope, Senior VP of Ecosystems, CodeBase

14:30 – 14:40   Overview of Techscaler and Fireside Chat with Techscaler participant, Genna Masterton, Founder, Gifted Kind


Community Entrepreneurship

14:45 – 14:55    Douglas Westwater, CEO, Community Enterprise | Chair, Social Enterprise Scotland

14:55 – 15:05    Susan Aktemel, Founder and Executive Director, Homes for Good (Scotland) CIC

The Entrepreneurial Campus

15:05 – 15:15    Ross Tuffee, Investor | NED | Technology Founder/Entrepreneur | Entrepreneur In Residence | Scale Up Consultant | Board and Government Adviser

15:15 – 15:25    Q & A

15:25 – 15:30    Closing Remarks

This event is free for EDAS members and £75 + VAT for non-members.
Book your place here.


November 9, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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