Art of Possible: The Future of Fashion – The Tech Edit

Fashion has always been at the forefront of innovation — from the invention of the sewing machine to the rise of e-commerce. Today, fashion technology is growing at a faster pace than ever. Robots that sew and cut fabric, AI algorithms that predict style trends, VR mirrors in dressing rooms, digital tools for cutting-edge design, tackling counterfeiting with blockchain and an array of other innovations show how tech is automating, personalising, and speeding up the fashion space whilst enabling innovative, sustainable business models.

Known across the globe for creativity and innovation, Scotland has been influencing the world of fashion for centuries. But what does the future hold?

We’re excited to report that Art of Possible is back in-person, featuring a fireside chat with inspirational leading experts in fashion, textiles and jewellery-making that blend traditional skills with transformative new technologies, whilst exploring different materials and constructs to push the boundaries of design that is both cutting-edge and sustainable without compromising quality or craftmanship.

The session will end with a beer, wine & bites reception to reconnect and celebrate the return of Art of Possible in person…

Please note that attendees are required to follow current Scottish Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 on the date of the event, including the wearing of masks. We will send attendees current guidelines prior to the event date.

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Meet the panel:

Dr Lynne MacLachlan, Lynne MacLachlan Studio

After studying a degree in aerospace engineering, Lynne returned to education to study jewellery and metalwork design, achieving an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art and completing a PHD in design at Open Uni. Lynne harnesses the latest digital technology to create innovative designs, while exploring and pushing the capabilities using bespoke software tools and 3D printing. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council amongst others.

Hamish Menzies, Creative Director, ROCIO

Rocio is a luxury eco-fashion label founded & based in Scotland. The brand’s unique direction is to combine creativity, artistry & technology to make it’s designs the definition of sustainable fashion. Hamish studied instrument engineering before embarking on a career with BP in the oil & gas sector. In his free time Hamish studied the dramatic arts and enjoyed travelling & theatre. During a work sabbatical, Hamish travelled the world and became fascinated by a chance meeting with a group of talented wood sculpturers. Having a passion for the arts, Hamish had a vision of bringing both the art and fashion worlds together. After experimenting modern design techniques with different species of sustainable wood and contemporary textiles, the ROCIO brand’s debut collection was finally launched in London in 2006.

Alan Shaw, Centre For Advanced Textiles, The Glasgow School of Art

Alan Shaw is the Manager at the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at The Glasgow School of Art, where he oversees production, industrial research and the day to day running of the centre. He graduated from GSA in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Textile Design focusing on digital design and production. In 2001 Alan helped to set-up CAT as the first educational facility to offer services to external companies, both nationally and internationally. Before working at CAT, Alan spent four years at the Glasgow textile printing firm Timorous Beasties overseeing print production and finishing. He has lectured at various Scottish colleges and continues to design and produce textiles on a freelance basis.

Chaired by Abi Hird, Knowledge Transfer Manager Design, Innovate UK-KTN

Abi leads the Design Innovation Network, working across all sectors and technology areas. Abi creates connections to help innovators leverage good design practice and deliver positive change. Abi has deep expertise in design, manufacturing, innovation, and engineering management, and previously led KTN’s “Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey” programme.

Startup Grind Scotland Silicon Valley Programme

Startup Grind Scotland is bringing Scottish startups to the world stage!

This April, we are hosting a funded* journey to the 2022 Startup Grind Global Conference in Silicon Valley, San Francisco – and we want you to join us!

Where: Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA

When: April 9th – 15th (inclusive)

The trip will be centred around the Startup Grind Global Conference 2022, a two-day in-person event that will bring together over 3000 of the best startups and scaleups worldwide. You’ll dive into the global tech ecosystem, get inspired by industry leaders and create new connections with founders and business leaders from across the world – all in the startup mecca that is Silicon Valley.

Taking the first step to becoming a global business is no easy task on a bootstrapped budget, so we’re handling the bills so you can focus on doing what you do best. Through facilitated introductions, hands-on workshops and keynotes from some of the biggest minds in tech and business, you’ll develop deeper connections that will inspire, accelerate, and bring humanity into the core of your business.

Help us bring Scotland’s world-class tech entrepreneurship ecosystem to the world.

APPLY HERE!

What we’re paying for

Return flights from Edinburgh to San Francisco
Twin-share accommodation (subsidised upgrades available)
Free ticket to the 2-day Startup Grind’s Global Conference
Costs covered (eg/ Covid-19 tests)
The opportunity to make friends, share experiences, meet potential investors and build your professional network
Additional activities and events – more info coming soon!

Who you are
Founder, Director or C-Suite Leader in a Scotland-based tech startup or scaleup
Meet travel/entry requirements (Covid-19 vaccinated [unless exempt] and eligible for USA’s Visa Waiver Program)
Excited to be part of this cohort and connect with the best and brightest from the global entrepreneurship scene

About the Startup Grind Global Conference

The Startup Grind Global Conference is the home for startups everywhere. This year, on 12 & 13 April, SG is hosting leading startups and scaleups who are creating the next wave of web. The focus of this year’s flagship conference is to educate on the next wave of the web, bridging the gap between web2 and web3, building human-centric products and impacting diverse communities.

More than ever, this year’s Global Conference is about the people. ​​It’s about developing meaningful relationships, community, and connections that we’ve all missed so much this past year. It’s about recognizing the importance of building companies human-first, serving a more diverse consumer. Ultimately, Global 2022 is built to help you and your team grow, evolve, and scale your startup.

Full programme agenda coming soon.

Past speakers include:

Eric Schmidt (Alphabet)
Stewart Butterfield (Slack)
Fei-Fei Li (Stanford AI)
Eric Yuan (Zoom)
Emily Chang (Bloomberg)
Jan Koum (WhatsApp)
Lorraine Twohill (Google)
Andrew Ng (deeplearning.ai)
Patrick Collison (Stripe)
Joe Gebbia (Airbnb)
Biz Stone (Twitter)
Clay Christensen (Harvard Business School)

Apply now for your chance to join us at Startup Grind Global Conference!
Applications will be considered as they come in, so don’t delay in registering your interest.

Know someone who fits the bill? Forward this opportunity to them!
Any questions you may have prior to applying can be directed to hello@startupgrindscot.com

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Entrepreneurial organisations meet Economy Secretary to discuss roll out of Scottish Government’s economic strategy

Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP met members of the Can Do Collective this morning to discuss the roll out and adoption of the recently launched National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET).

The group identified areas of common ground within the Entrepreneurial People and Culture Programme of Action, where ecosystem partners and government can work together; they discussed what obstacles need to be cleared to allow for better collaboration and how the ecosystem can support this.

The Can Do Collective, funded by the Scottish Government is an all-sector approach to enterprise and innovation support; the group of more than 80 organisations aims to create powerful societal and economic change in Scotland by putting collaboration and community at the heart of all activity.

Today’s meeting with the Cabinet Secretary is the first of many planned activities by the collective, including round tables, leadership training and events which will focus on garnering widespread support and adoption of the economic strategy across all parts of Scotland’s business community.

Commenting on the first stakeholder meeting since the launch of the strategy, Sean McGrath, Chief Executive Officer of Entrepreneurial Scotland said:

“This is an ambitious strategy built around innovation, inclusivity, and entrepreneurship and if we make this work, it has the power to transform our economy.  The Scottish Government cannot do it alone; we certainly cannot do it without them.

“We need the First Minister now to use her platform and profile to promote Scotland’s business to the world. We also need her to show the same leadership that saw us through the Covid crisis to now put the full weight of her government behind the transformation of our economy placing business success at the top of the Scottish Government’s agenda.

“Scotland has huge potential – talent and people are at the heart of what is now the 4th Industrial Revolution; this is a pivotal moment and key opportunity for Scotland’s organisations to change with the times and look at more innovative, sustainable ways of growth, driven and underpinned by an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Finance & Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said:

“Scotland has enormous economic potential and one of the key transformational programmes of NSET is to establish Scotland as a world-class entrepreneurial nation, with a culture that encourages, promotes, and celebrates entrepreneurial activity in every sector of our economy.

“It was great to meet with members of the Can Do Collective to share ideas, perspectives and experiences on the best way of delivering our ambition so we can shift the dial to make our economy fairer, wealthier, and greener.

“This is a national endeavour that requires every one of us to contribute, and continue working together over the next decade.”

Hazel Jane, Convener of the Can Do Collective said:

“This morning’s meeting was a important milestone for us in terms of updating the Cabinet Secretary on the scale of the work our organisations are delivering as a group in line with the government’s economic strategy.  It also gave us the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Government’s plans for wider engagement with NSET across Scotland’s business community.  Much work is to be done; the Can Do Collective will host a wider forum this Spring with more of its partners and the Economy Secretary to explore further opportunities to deliver the vision and objectives of NSET.

ENDS

Written by Mhairi Clarke

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Mhairi Clarke
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Coworking Open Day

Come and try out coworking with us for FREE. Pop in, have a productive working day and meet our community.

On our Coworking Open Days you can experience working from our friendly, professional shared workspace for the day for free. We’re open from 8.30am – 5.30pm so drop in for a personalised tour, to meet our community and clear some things off the to-do list.

Happening every second Tuesday, be sure to book your spot!

Coworking Open Day

Come and try out coworking with us for FREE. Pop in, have a productive working day and meet our community.

On our Coworking Open Days you can experience working from our friendly, professional shared workspace for the day for free. We’re open from 9am – 5.30pm so drop in for a personalised tour, to meet our community and clear some things off the to-do list.

Happening every second Tuesday, be sure to book your spot.

Re:Entry – Reflection & Resolution as we Reload Life Post-Pandemic

Re:Entry, an evening of reflection and resolution as we reload work and life post-pandemic

In-person events are finally back and we can’t wait to bring you together for a special evening of reconnection and resolutions as restrictions lift, and we consider how we want to reshape the way we work and live moving forward.
At Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved being able to bring people together at our virtual events to share ideas, spark conversation and bring a sense of normality, and community, through the ups and downs of the last year and a half.

BUT

What we’ve really missed is interacting with each other at our in-person events, hearing stories, ideas, shared experiences, and plans for the future over some good food and drink.

With that in mind, we’re excited to have partnered with CodeBase for Re:Entry, the first of a series of hybrid online and in-person events, hosting panel discussions from some of Scotland’s established and emerging entrepreneurial figures.

At this first event, we’ll be taking a frank, but optimistic look at post-lockdown work and life, what’s changed, what hasn’t, and how we, as individuals now have an incredible opportunity to reset and reshape our personal and professional lives.

CodeBase Edinburgh is the UK’s largest technology incubator. Home to over 90 companies who have collectively raised over half a billion dollars in investment, it is the centre of the tech scene in the city.

What to expect:
Share reflections from the year and hopes for the future
Hear from an expert panel about the changes in leadership, resilience, society, wellbeing, diversity, workplace culture, and much more
Connect with peers in a casual setting
Catch up with friends and make new ones
Get advice from industry experts

In-person tickets are limited to 40 people, so book now to avoid missing out.

Your safety and comfort are our highest priority. Please see our safety information and what to expect at CodeBase on the day HERE.

Re:Entry Panel:

Viana Maya is the Founder and CEO of pRESPECT, a career coaching startup focussed on empowering, enabling and elevating marginalised job seekers to gain sustainable long term jobs. Viana’s past experiences include a career as an entrepreneur in London, a web developer, a women returner getting back into work after her daughter’s birth, and surviving homelessness.
Viana developed and delivered the Career Coaching; Personal developed and Confidence building side of New Voices six-month mentoring and professional development programme for women and non-binary filmmakers based in Scotland who aspire to become documentary directors and/or producers. She is a Pass The Mic contributor, championing diverse female voices in the media and is two time Bright Red Spark Winner, including 2021 Business for Good.

Colin Hewitt is one of the most widely respected CEOs in Edinburgh, leading the charge on a wide range of issues from the rise of fintech to sustainability. We’d be delighted if you could join us for our first fireside chat at the CMS offices on Castle Terrace, rather appropriately a stone’s throw from the UK’s largest technology incubator, CodeBase, the location of Colin’s original fireside chat in 2014.

Colin is CEO and co-founder of Float which was launched in 2012. Float’s purpose is to help businesses understand their numbers. Float has deep integration with accounting software and provides powerful cashflow forecasting and scenario planning tools.

Lisa Thomson founded Purpose HR to provide niche HR consultancy and ‘HR as a service’ outsourcing to early-stage and high-growth companies. In the last 7 years, she has built a team of qualified HR specialists, and they have fulfilled projects with well over 70 clients, with a focus on technology and life sciences.

Purpose HR helps their clients manage their businesses and people most effectively and productively in order to help scale and meet the business challenges of fast-paced growth.

What you need to know!
Who: Viana Maya, Colin Hewitt & Lisa Thomson
When: Thursday 30th Sept 2021
Time: 6.00-8.30pm
Where: CodeBase Edinburgh, 37A Castle Terrace, EH1 2EL and online wherever you are
Bonus extras: Free food & drink, awesome people, insightful conversation and advice, community (in-person), home comforts (online) plus Q&A via Slido!

Inclusive Innovation: Saorsa 2030 & the University of Strathclyde

Join David Capperauld, Founder, Saorsa 2030 and William Wallace, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. Here you will learn about Saorsa 2030’s ambitious aim, to develop the largest, most comprehensive, anti-slavery intelligent data platform in the world and how academia is supporting this.

Art of Possible – Design Thinking for Digital Innovation

Design thinking can be a game-changer for your business—especially in the context of digital transformation. And it’s not just for designers – it’s a lens to solve problems in human-centred, creative and innovative ways.

Join our next Art of Possible to hear practical insights from our inspirational panel of experts – from LEGO to the V&A – on how design-thinking can help start-ups and SMEs leverage the right tech solutions for people, planet and the bottom line.

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Geovation Scotland: Application Workshop

This session is an opportunity to chat to Lyndsey Dougan and Jess Sibley (Geovation Scotland’s Delivery Lead and Programme Manager) about your application to the next cohort of start ups joining the Autumn 2021 programme.

Lyndsey and Jess will offer insights into what to expect from the programme but also practical hints and tips to keep in might whilst writing your application.

We will also be joined by Elaine Ford, founder of Electrek Explorer and Martin Warne, founder of Folarity who will also be sharing their experiences of the application process and insights from their time on the accelerator programme.

This session will be informal and is designed to last between 45 minutes to an hour!

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Can Do Community reports more progress as Scotland continues to transition to a brighter, post-COVID future

Passionate about demonstrating how collaborative working between Scottish businesses can help to accelerate growth and nurture entrepreneurial spirit, The Can Do Collective continues to be a driving force as Scotland relaxes many of its COVID-19 restrictions and focuses on economic growth.

Once again collaborations involving our partners as well as other organisations and individuals are making an immense impact on the wider business community. Scotland has endured significant challenges over the past 18 months but by working together, sharing ideas and innovation we are showing greater strength and resilience in our ability to progress our economy and collective wellbeing.

Hazel Jane, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for Tech Nation and Convener for The Can Do Collective comments; “Once again the great work of our partners is contributing to making Scotland a Can Do nation. As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic and set our sights on rebuilding a strong, resilient economy, it’s fantastic to see more collaborative initiatives that are delivering social and economic benefits through entrepreneurialism.”

Can Do Partners appointed to new Scottish Government economic transformation body

A number of Can Do Collective partner organisations are represented on the newly appointed Scottish Government Advisory Council, a body which will focus on delivering economic transformation across Scotland by maximising its full entrepreneurial potential.

Sean McGrath, CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland; Jackie Brierton, CEO of GrowBizScotland; Lynne Cadenhead, Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland; Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow and his colleague Professor Graeme Roy, the university’s Dean of External Engagement have all been named to the new body. They join a number of leading entrepreneurial, business, and academic figures including Chris van der Kuyl, Founder, owner and chairman of 4J Studios; Dame Sharon White, Chair of John Lewis Partnership; Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London; and Cllr John Alexander, Chair of Scottish Cities Alliance and Leader of Dundee Council.

The Advisory Council supports an ambitious 10 year National Strategy to drive Scotland’s economic transformation as the country recovers from COVID-19 and transitions to a net zero economy. Advisory Council appointees will help shape this strategy, which is expected to publish late autumn. Drawing on their extensive experience and contacts, members will use their insight to bring forward bold ideas that will transform the economy. People across Scotland are also being encouraged to share their views on how the country can work together to deliver greater, greener and fairer prosperity.

The new body is chaired by Economy Secretary Kate Forbes MSP. She said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, we must work together to seize Scotland’s potential and build an economy for everyone by delivering greater, greener and fairer prosperity.

“The pandemic has led to fundamental shifts in sectors such as retail, and changed the way many businesses operate with more online trading and remote working. We need to build on these innovations and guide our economy to the industries and opportunities of the future.

“I want to thank the members of the council for agreeing to play such a crucial role in the development of our bold and ambitions 10 year economic strategy. Starting work to deliver this key strategy was a 100 day commitment of this Scottish Government and I am delighted we have been able to secure the support of so many leading experts.”

Glasgow collaboration produces innovative eco enterprise ideas

Can Do Partners The Melting Pot and Glasgow Caledonian University, working in collaboration with Glasgow City Council, have just completed their Nature-Based Enterprise accelerator programme, the first of its kind.

The partnership programme, which demonstrates an ideal model for collective working, kicked off earlier this year bringing together Glasgow City Council’s Connecting Nature project with The Melting Pot’s Good Ideas programme. With additional support provided by Glasgow Caledonian University, the Glasgow City Council’s Centre for Civic Innovation was formed to develop what has become Scotland’s first nature-based accelerator pilot programme.

The aim of the pilot was to support a number of Glasgow-based entrepreneurs who were keen to use nature as part of a product or service that would also support the aims of the Council’s recently adopted Open Space Strategy (OSS). The OSS seeks to enhance Glasgow as a place in which to live, work, and invest by improving health and wellbeing of the city’s residents as well as its flora and fauna and to enhance its resilience in addressing environment-related issues such as climate change.

The Nature-Based Enterprise accelerator programme was a major success. The programme was overwhelmed with applications which produced a huge range of innovative enterprise ideas including food growing and supply projects, eco-tourism, nature-based arts and culture, educational activities, and sustainable floristry.

The partners will be staging their Nature-Based Enterprise Launch on 2 September where they will showcase how the programme has been encouraging more local and resilient nature-based economies, to create more green jobs, and help Glasgow achieve its net-zero targets. The virtual event will also allow participants to pitch their ideas and will provide a platform to connect directly with the group to explore future opportunities or potential partnerships. More details can be found here

Edinburgh Innovations AI Accelerator returns

An accelerator programme run by Can Do Collective partners Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s dedicated business service provision, has once again reopened to support ambitious AI (artificial intelligence) start-ups. 

The AI Accelerator aims to help emerging companies developing this innovative form of technology to maximise their entrepreneurial ambitions. Following its latest round of applications which closed in early August, the programme will start on the 22nd September 2021 and run until March 2022. It offers a tailored support package for AI scaleups from across the globe providing access to the University of Edinburgh’s top academic and commercial expertise, a dedicated Accelerator Manager, and 1-2-1 support. Companies involved in the programme can also access a grant to fuel their growth.

In last year’s AI Accelerator, a five-month programme based at the Bayes Centre, 15 trailblazing companies successfully secured £6.27m in investment. Among those who took part and secured international recognition from the programme were BioLiberty, Neeuro, Reath, and MyWay Digital Health.

Exploring the ‘Art of Possible’ in Business Innovation

Early this summer the Art of Possible event series made a welcome return, staging two successful events in June and July, Business by Design and Leading Change in the Digital Age.

Business by Design featured a panel of diverse creative leaders – from the Royal Shakespeare Company and UWS to Iso Design and Dimension Studio – who are leading the adoption of next generation immersive and interactive technologies across a range of areas including entertainment, fashion, marketing, healthcare and more.  An interesting discussion ensued on how the disruption caused by COVID-19 has provided a springboard for the mainstreaming of human-centric, immersive technologies across businesses of all sizes – from start-ups to the tech giants – enabling new possibilities and experiences for customers and employees alike.

Meanwhile, Leading Change in the Digital Age, explored how leadership and mindset are critical for creating the right conditions to grow a thriving business of inspired people, empowered by tech.  The session heard from digital transformation experts This is Milk and case study insights on GAP Group’s pioneering app supporting workforce mental health and the tech-enabled transformation of ACS Clothing into a circular fashion enterprise.

A common theme emerging from both events was the critical need for leadership and human innovation (embracing diverse minds, multiple disciplines and collaboration) combined with the right tech, to enable the realisation of new and enduring solutions impacting people, planet and the bottom line.

The next event on 26 August will feature LEGO, the V&A Dundee and leading SMEs to discuss design thinking as a lens to solve business challenges in human centred and innovative ways. Curated specifically for ‘innovation-ready’ and the ‘innovation-curious’ SMEs, this year’s Art of Possible will spotlight experts (from Scotland and beyond) leading purposefully and harnessing digital tech across different business dimensions – from financing to workforce creativity – to build resilience and reimagine their future.

Speaking about the Art of Possible series for 2021/22, Dr Susie Mitchell programme director of Glasgow City of Science and Innovation said: “We’re delighted to be delivering our feeder series for the Can Do innovation Summit, Art of Possible, for the 5th year running. Connecting innovators, entrepreneurs and knowledge experts, we want to curate a friendly and informal space that inspires and supports greater tech adoption and collaborative innovation in SMEs to enable business survival, resilience and growth.  The evaluation of our last series showed that 80% of our attendees said it would make them think about collaborating on enabling tech and 70% made useful business connections that would be followed up. Art of Possible feeder events have reached 900 attendees over the last two years.”

About The Can Do Collective

Funded by The Scottish Government and supported by a dedicated team within independent charity Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation, The Can Do Collective is a connected community of enterprise support organisations and leaders on a mission to build a world-leading entrepreneurial, innovative and creative society.

If you’re a Can Do Partner, we’d love to hear from you and share your news! Get in touch and tell us your story via hello@cando.scot

Not a Partner and want to learn more about Scotland Can Do and The Can Do Collective? Learn more here