Brewdog founder to host Edinburgh start-up festival

Brewdog founder to host Edinburgh start-up festival

Brewdog founder James Watt has been named as the headline speaker of a free day-long start-up festival in Edinburgh next month.

The University of Edinburgh Business School has announced a packed programme of entrepreneurial events for businesses and students to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its start-up network the E Club.

On 2 March, the school will play host to a day-long festival, including talks from Brewdog ‘Captain’ James Watt and Gav Dutch, founder of Edinburgh tech-success Kotikan.

The programme features panel talks, a speed-networking breakfast and two pitching competitions sponsored by Grant Property and Santander with a combined prize fund of £8,000.

Watt said: “I’m really excited to be involved with the festival. Not only is it a great opportunity to showcase Scotland’s start-up scene, but more importantly, the programme hasn’t been shy about sharing the warts and all picture of entrepreneurship.”

Established in 2006, the E Club is an entrepreneurial network of more than 2,500 entrepreneurs, investors, University of Edinburgh students and alumni.

In the past decade it has been instrumental in the formation of more than 50 successful start-ups including Fan Duel, and has inspired many more.

Its regular pitching competitions have leveraged more than £40,000 in seed finance for budding entrepreneurs.

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