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

End of Year Social! Quick-fire Interviews, Community Shout Outs & Free Food/Drink

As we near the end of the year it’s customary to reflect on the ups and downs of our personal and professional lives. This year has been yet another rollercoaster, and we’re sure you have some stories to tell and some big (or small) hopes for 2022.

At Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved being able to use our platform to bring people together to share ideas, spark conversation and bring a sense of normality through the bad, the worse, and the downright weird of the past 12-months. Since January, we’ve hosted 10+ events with some of the most entertaining and inspiring speakers/startups from Ooni to ActiPH to showcase the incredible things going on in the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

While we hope that the earlier virtual sessions brought a sense of calm and connection through lockdown, what we’ve really enjoyed most is interacting with each other once again at our in-person events, hearing stories, ideas, expertise and plans for the future over a glass of wine or a cup of tea(!)

For our final event of 2021 we wanted to mix things up a bit and provide a space for connection and reflection to catch up with old friends, make new ones and share grand ideas and learnings with each other. With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to our end of year Social at Edinburgh Innovations!

We’ll also be opening the floor to SG community members to talk as part of our open-mic on their 2021 takeaways. If you’ve got a story to tell, or want to be more involved in this event, talk to declan@startupgrind.com

With that in mind, we’re excited to be partnering with Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.

They offer advice, funding, and support at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey. Their expert team can help you take your business or social enterprise from a raw idea right through to launch and beyond. Their service is available to UoE staff, students, and recent alumni. The Student Enterprise Hub is an ideal space for hosting events within Edinburgh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether you’re looking to run an event, a customer feedback session, or large meeting, the space is available to you. Please contact Jack.McMillan@ei.ed.ac.uk for any booking requests

What you need to know!
What: End of year party!

When: Thurs 16th December 2021

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm (+ after-party at Peartree)

Where: Edinburgh Innovations Student Enterprise Hub, LG Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE (across the road from Peartree)

Bonus Extras: Free food & drink, awesome people, insightful conversation and advice, community, plus Q&A via Slido!

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!

Competitive advantage: how to create it and use it

This is YCF’s annual conference 2021; our conferences are always highly rated by delegates as rewarding and enjoyable networking events, bringing people together to find old friends and make new acquaintances.
This year’s conference will be a live event, one of the first to enable everyone involved in the entrepreneurial eco-system to meet up again in person.
We have speakers from a wide range of different backgrounds tackling a broad theme and sharing their knowledge and experience. This year we are tilting the balance towards having more young company founders and entrepreneurs telling their stories, and fewer investors and intermediaries. We also wish to highlight sustainability/ net-zero issues in advance of COP26, within the overall conference theme.

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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Still time to enter 2021 Business Women Scotland Awards

There’s still time to enter the 2021 Business Women Scotland Business Awards before the closing date of 3 September at 6pm.

Has your business grown in the past year? Is it a start-up that’s being noticed? Do you run an innovative social enterprise? Or is your business a sustainable enterprise that’s worth shouting about?

We want to hear from you. Themes of collaboration and sustainability are new categories in this year’s awards and will be recognised when the gongs are handed out at a live lunchtime ceremony on 19 November at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

Categories range from Rising Star of the Year and Established Business of the Year to Inspirational Woman of the Year. New categories for 2021 include Collaboration Award, Sustainable Business Award and Women in Tech Award.

“This has been yet another tough year for businesses and now that we are opening up again it’s time that we celebrated each other’s achievements,” said Lynne Kennedy MBE, founder of Business Women Scotland.

Every business entering this year’s awards will receive a free six-month membership to Business Women Scotland.

Top prizes include business coaching from Kirsty Mac worth £900 and a business overview from Martin Aitken for the Business Woman of the Year.

While the overall winner will receive business coaching worth £3000 from Yvonne Webb at Action Coach, a business overview check with Martin Aitken and 10 weeks of advertising with Go Radio.

To enter, visit  https://www.bwsawards.co.uk/

This year’s awards will return to an event in Glasgow, but will also be streamed live online for those who can’t make it along on the day.

“When we hosted the awards online last year, we linked up with women in business the length and breadth of the country. We’re aware that not everyone has the time or the budget to get to Glasgow, so this year as well as returning to a live in-person event we hope to do the same again online and bring together as many female entrepreneurs as possible,” added Lynne.

Online ticket holders will each receive a goody bag to enjoy the awards from their home or office.

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Notes to editors

Categories in the 2021 Business Women Scotland Business Awards:

Business Growth of the Year

Business Woman of the Year

Established Business of the Year

Inspirational Woman of the Year

Rising Star of the Year

Social Enterprise of the Year

Social Media Genius of the Year

Start-up Business of the Year

Women in Tech

Collaboration Award

Sustainable Business Award

The overall winner is selected by the judging panel

About Business Women Scotland 

Business Women Scotland is a voice representing women in business and an organisation dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. A bi-monthly digital magazine supporting women in business, it also runs a series of events and awards to celebrate and empower women in business while tackling the gender gap in enterprise. 

For press enquiries about the 2021 Business Women Scotland Awards and Business Women Scotland, please contact Angela McManus on angela@bwsltd.co.uk or call 07803 970312.