Speakers confirmed for Educational Journey of an Entrepreneur

Speakers confirmed for Educational Journey of an Entrepreneur

A collaborative event between Converge Challenge, Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) and Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is taking place on 2 June, building on the ScotlandCanDo agenda.

The event is to be delivered in partnership with BQ at RBS Gogarburn, Edinburgh, and the keynote speaker on the day is John Swinney, deputy first minister for Scotland and cabinet secretary for education and skills,

This is the first event of its kind aimed at universities, colleges, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, investors and, of course, entrepreneurs.

The event will provide a response to the call from the Scottish Government to deliver a step change in entrepreneurial support within tertiary education.

Speakers will include:

  • John Swinney, deputy first minister for Scotland and cabinet secretary for education and skills
  • Dr Olga Kozlova, director of the Converge Challenge
  • Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise
  • Geoff Leask, chief executive of Young Enterprise Scotland
  • James McIlroy, CEO of EuroBiotix, an award winning social enterprise tackling unmet clinical needs in microbiota therapy, while final high profile keynote speaker is still to be announced
    • The event will also feature inspirational stories from successful entrepreneurs who have "been there and done it” as well as early stage projects.

      The day will then culminate with the annual Converge Challenge Elevator pitch competition, showcasing the final top 30 Converge Challengers of 2016, who will take to the stage in front of a live audience of around 300 attendees.

      Participants will have just one minute each to convince the judging panel of industry experts that the idea presented has the potential to transform lives and kick start a business reality.

      It is all to “pitch” for as this year Converge Challenge has an increased total prize of £150,000.

      There will also be an exhibition on the day featuring the top 30 finalists and many of the support organisations offering great networking opportunities.