Spring 2019

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

Welcome

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, with a series of fringe events throughout the year.

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

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

Feeder Events

Watch this space for our exciting programme of Scotland-wide, CAN DO fringe events coming soon.

 

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 our events or nominate yourself as an event host by contacting the CAN DO Fest team here!

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