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Welcome

Scotland has an ambition of building a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation, a place where inclusive growth delivers benefits to all of society.

VentureFest Scotland is a festival of discovery and innovation that will create more visionary, global businesses that embrace the possibilities of tomorrow.

Co-created by leading organisations across Scotland’s innovation ecosystem, VentureFest will connect SMEs to the game-changing innovators, academics, entrepreneurs and investors, in Scotland and around the world, to help them grow, scale and succeed.

VentureFest Scotland and its sister spring festival CAN DO Fest represent focal points for driving Scotland’s ambition to be a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative society.

 

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Headline Events

The core VentureFest programme constitutes a cluster of headline events in Autumn each year with a series of connected feeder events throughout the year.

CAN DO Innovation Summit

Wednesday 20 November 2019

The all-new CAN DO Innovation Summit will embrace culture, technology and enterprise to drive productivity and build an inclusive economy that tackles major challenges through creative solutions. Attendees will discover the disruptive technologies of tomorrow, be inspired through innovation in practice case studies and take part in curated and free-flowing networking sessions. Join us as we connect Scotland’s SMEs to the game-changing innovators, academics, entrepreneurs and investors that will help them to grow, scale and succeed.

CAN DO Innovation Summit

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Startup Summit

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Recognised over the last eight years as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurship events, Startup Summit provides a true immersion into the world of business and beyond. In the centre of one of the world’s most innovative cities, we invite the next generation of entrepreneurs to engage with experts, build a network and gain valuable tools for long-term success.

1,000 attendees | 30+ world class speakers | 3 stages | 30 exhibitors | 9 workshops

Startup Summit

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Scottish SME Conference & Awards

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Scottish Business Insider in partnership with Scotland Can Do is hosting the third annual Scottish SME Conference. The half day event will focus on what is a vital part of the Scottish business community. This event brings together SMEs from across Scotland and gives them the opportunity to engage with business leaders and companies who can offer an insight into successful growth and diversity. There will also be an exhibition to give delegates the opportunity to engage with market-leading suppliers and service providers who will discuss and demonstrate products and services.

Scottish SME Conference & Awards

Wednesday 30 October 2019

WeDO Scotland Conference for Entrepreneurs & SME Business Leaders

Thursday 14 November 2019

The WeDO Scotland Conference is now in its seventh year and is focused on growth, innovation, success and company culture. An energising and highly inspiring day, the theme this year is 'Empowering Your Success’. The multi-sector line-up of speakers will be sharing their outstanding stories of success, growth strategies, their learning from the challenges they have faced along the way, as well as their innovation insights. Through the panel debate and workshops, delegates have the opportunity to absorb, learn from, and share the latest thought-leadership, innovation, best practices and challenges currently facing Scottish businesses.

Feeder Events

Explore and connect with our ongoing programme of VentureFest Feeders: an exciting national programme of innovation and entrepreneurship events aligned to the VentureFest ambition and delivered by a range of national agencies.

VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards Ceremony

Thursday 14 November

The event will showcase businesses which are demonstrating vision and leadership in tackling climate change and other environmental challenges. Many of the examples will feature innovative products and services being…

Opportunities & Challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution with the Future of Work

Thursday 28 November

This event looks to explore how business and academics can work together to address challenges raised by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4Id) and deliver benefit from rising opportunities. Areas of…

Productivity Talks

Wednesday 27 November

Productivity Club Scotland is a forum for networking and peer-to-peer learning for businesses. We provide signposting to resources, and support our members to focus on continuous improvement and organisational capacity.

Host a VentureFest Event

If you’d like your company, network or organisation to be part of the VentureFest festival you can attend one of our events or nominate yourself as feeder or headline event host by contacting the VentureFest team here!

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The Scottish Government | Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow
Glasgow City Council Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow
Scottish Funding Council | Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow
Glasgow Science Centre | Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow
Entrepreneurial Scotland Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow
Highlands and Islands Enterprise Venture Fest | Celebrating Innovation in Scotland | Glasgow

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