Spring 2019

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
– Henry Ford


Scotland has an ambition of building a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation- a place where growth and innovation go hand in hand, with wider benefits for all. We recognise that to achieve sustainable economic growth, and create opportunities for everyone in Scotland to flourish, we must work to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation together.

 The CAN DO Fest brings this ambition to life!

CAN DO Fest is a diverse programme of events co-created by leading enterprise and skills support organisations across Scotland, who are committed to the CAN DO mission and are passionate about unlocking collective impact that delivers improved economic, environmental and social value. Each spring this festival will celebrate and showcase the best of entrepreneurial and ecosystem development in Scotland.

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

Signature Events

The CAN DO Fest consists of a cluster of signature events in April & May of each year, and a series of additional supporting events in and around the festival period.

EIE 2019

Wed 24 April 2019

Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) occupies a unique place in the data-driven technology ecosystem in Scotland and its reputation for excellence spreads far beyond. It’s the longest-running and largest programme of its kind outside London, attracting start-ups, scale-ups and technology investors from all over the UK and internationally.

EIE was at the genesis of the technology entrepreneur ecosystem here in Scotland and remains very much at the heart of it and, since 2008, companies exhibiting at EIE have gone on to raise in excess of £650 million in seed and later stage funding.

Event Location: McEwan Hall, Edinburgh

EIE 2019

Wed 24 April 2019

The Entrepreneurial Scotland Annual Summit

Thurs 25 April 2019

Entrepreneurial Scotland is inspiring, developing and connecting Scotland's current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world. Returning to Gleneagles, Entrepreneurial Scotland is hosting their acclaimed annual conference, on Thursday the 25th April 2019.   Entrepreneur Mike Souter, co-founder of Shortlist Media and a regular on BBC’s, The Apprentice, as well as Jo Fairley, founder of chocolate brand, Green and Blacks, are amongst the speakers who will take to the stage to share their entrepreneurial expertise at the annual ES Summit 2019. This premier networking event, and its programme of international speakers, is a truly captivating experience, that will challenge you to take your ambitions to new heights. Interested? Click 'find out more'!       Event Location: The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder

Entrepreneurial Academy in Argyll

Thurs 25 April, Thurs 2 May & Wed 15 May 2019

The Entrepreneurial Academy provides one-day, practice-based workshops delivered by experts with hands-on experience of running a business. The Academy’s purpose is to help entrepreneurs develop critical skills and equip them with the structures, tools and techniques to help them grow their business. 

25th April - Deliver a Digital Strategy

2nd May - Brand Development

15th May - Pitching Skills   

Book into them all! They are free and teach essential skills to all ambitious entrepreneurs. Follow the link below for more information.

Event Location: Royal Hotel, Oban

Entrepreneurial Academy in Argyll

Thurs 25 April, Thurs 2 May & Wed 15 May 2019

Strategic Negotiations Masterclass

Tues 30 April - Wed 1 May

Negotiation is a daily part of business – with customers, partners, suppliers, colleagues or employees and successful negotiation requires self-awareness, preparation and practice. This Masterclass will equip entrepreneurs with the tools and techniques to deal with differences, resolve conflict and handle difficult conversations. Open to all ambitious entrepreneurs based in the Highlands and Islands region. Delivered by Derek Arden, Achieve Training Ltd.

Event Location: Jurys Inn, Inverness

Strategic Negotiations Masterclass

Tues 30 April - Wed 1 May

Impact Summit

Wed 15 May 2019

Impact Summit inspires entrepreneurs to think about the long-term purpose business. Over the course of the event, sector-leading pioneers will share their stories, expertise and advice. Impact Summit provides a platform for an honest, inclusive discussion about the role business will play in changing society for the better.

Impact Summit 2019 will take place in SWG3, a converted warehouse in the West End of Glasgow. This unique, historic location will also host a full exhibitor hall of values-led businesses.

"Impact Summit is a movement that puts the individuals and communities in Scotland at the forefront of our thinking. Only by casting aside what we have always done can we change what we as a nation will become."

Sir Tom Hunter, The Hunter Foundation

Event Location: SWG3, Glasgow  

Impact Summit

Wed 15 May 2019

More Events

CAN DO Fest gives you the opportunity to experience not only these Signature events, but discover and engage with an exciting programme of additional events, all aligned to the Scotland CAN DO vision, demonstrating just how collaborative our entrepreneurial ecosystem can be! Will you be part of it?

AccelerateHER 2019 Conference - The Sky's No Longer the Limit

Tues 23rd April 2019

Join Investing Women for the AccelerateHER 2019 Annual Conference and hear global trailblazers like Virgin…

Scottish EDGE Live Final

28th and 30th May 2019

After awarding just under £2 Million to almost 40 Scottish startups in Dec last year,…

#FoYE19: Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, Today

Thurs 23 May 2019

This full-day event will see more than 200 S1-S3 students have the opportunity to engage…


Host a CAN DO Fest Event

If you’d like your organisation or network to be part of the CAN DO Fest festival you can attend one of the events or nominate yourself as an event host by registering HERE! Event registration closes on Friday 1st of March 2019.


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