Spring 2019

“Scotland’s Spring festival of impactful entrepreneurship.”


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.

The CAN DO Fest brings this ambition to life!

What is CAN DO Fest?

CAN DO Fest is a vibrant programme of events that takes place across Scotland every April and May to celebrate and supercharge entrepreneurship. This festival brings together leading enterprise and skills support organisations with bold citizens, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to help them develop opportunities and ideas into sustained business growth and impact.

Festivals that spark change

CAN DO Fest and its autumn sister festival VentureFest Scotland represent focal points for collaboration and for showcasing to Scotland and the world what our ecosystem has to offer. Together our ambition is to celebrate and nurture a cycle of innovation and realisation for Scottish-based businesses of all shapes and sizes, while also encouraging the longer-term cultural changes that will help bring the CAN DO vision to life.

Signature Events

CAN DO Fest invites enterprise and skills support organisations, who are committed to the Scotland CAN DO vision, to take part in the festival during April/May and self-nominate as Event Hosts. Discover this year’s Signature Events…

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

Full Events Programme

CAN DO Fest is a unique platform that showcases the very best of Scotland’s entrepreneurial scene. Discover our exciting programme of CAN DO Events now!

UnFound Roadshow

Tue 7 May 2019

UnFound supports tech founders and start-ups looking for a different way to set-up and run…

What Comes Next? Future of Work

Thurs 2 May 2019

The world of work has transformed rapidly over the past few decades. From the introduction…

Finding Funding - Tips & 1:1 Support

Mon 29 April 2019

Finding Funding is often the main barrier between a good idea and a thriving business.…

Being Meaningfully Unique Workshop - Edinburgh

Fri 10 May 2019

Innovation Engineering transforms innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system and is a…

Being Meaningfully Unique Workshop - Dundee

Fri 26 April 2019

Innovation Engineering transforms innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system and is a…

ASB Conference 2019 - Unstoppable Women

Tues 30 April 2019

Our inspirational keynote speakers and panellists will be sharing their own experiences - helping us…

WeDO Scotland 2019 Business Awards

Fri 24th May 2019

Now in their ninth year, the WeDO Awards Dinner is a highly respected and recognised…

Website in A Day Masterclass

Wed 15 May 2019

This fun but practical one-day free workshop will help you create and launch a website!…

Costing & Pricing Masterclass

Wed 1 May 2019

Are you an early stage business searching for support with costing and pricing your products…

Creative Toolkit Masterclass

Wed 24 April 2019

Calling start-ups and small businesses! Join speaker Marion Morrison, a coach, trainer and motivational speaker…

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 before Friday 1st March 2019 by registering HERE!


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