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First speakers announced for Startup Summit 2018

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Alan Mahon, Co-founder of Brewgooder with Zoi Kantounatou, Co-founder of FutureX, and Mike Welch, Founder of Atterley and Blackcircles.com in Leith, Edinburgh.

  • Alan Mahon, Co-founder of Brewgooder, and Mike Welch, Founder of Atterley and BlackCircles.com are among first confirmed speakers.
  • Johnston Carmichael signed as key sponsor for second consecutive year.
  • Startup Summit 2018 will take place on 31st October at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
  • Over 1,000 delegates expected to attend this year for a variety of talks, panels and workshops.
  • This year’s theme focuses on ‘the power of company culture’.
Alan Mahon, Co-founder of Brewgooder with Zoi Kantounatou, Co-founder of FutureX, and Mike Welch, Founder of Atterley and Blackcircles.com in Leith, Edinburgh.

Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship event, Startup Summit, is returning to Edinburgh Assembly rooms on October 31st with a world-class line-up of speakers, including some of the UK’s most successful business leaders. Confirmed speakers include Alan Mahon, Co-founder of Brewgooder, a craft beer social enterprise, which has so far provided clean water to over 33,000 people in developing countries, and Mike Welch, Founder of Atterley and Blackcircles.com, which sold to Michelin for £50million in 2015. The event is set to host over 1,000 people.

Startup Summit is once again being backed by Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers, Johnston Carmichael. Working across 11 offices, Johnston Carmichael support some of the country’s most innovative and high-growth startups, scale-ups and global businesses. Their client base span across a broad variety of sectors including renewable energy solutions, disruptive medical technology and social enterprises.

We’re thrilled to have such a supportive sponsor in Johnston Carmichael, who have provided fantastic ongoing help to entrepreneurs, and it’s really exciting to have exceptional business leaders like Mike and Alan speaking at this year’s event. - Zoi Kantounatou, FutureX

The theme for Startup Summit 2018 is ‘the power of company culture’. The event will provide a platform for discussion on how entrepreneurs can react to the growing values-led mentality of both consumers and employees, as well as address recent controversies and issues such as the gender pay gap results and the gig economy. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to sell out.

Zoi Kantounatou, Co-founder of FutureX, the organisation behind Startup Summit, said: "It’s been seven years since the first Startup Summit, and now the event is known internationally as an invaluable hub of education and inspiration for entrepreneurs at every stage of business. We’re thrilled to have such a supportive sponsor in Johnston Carmichael, who have provided fantastic ongoing help to entrepreneurs, and it’s really exciting to have exceptional business leaders like Mike and Alan speaking at this year’s event."

Alan Mahon said: “Culture, both inside and out, is very important to us at Brewgooder. Whether it’s the positive impact of office beers on workplace motivation or how beer can be the next big thing in philanthropy, it’s great to be able to reflect on the how central the notion of culture is to the future of entrepreneurship and business. I’m interested to hear what others have to say on it."

Mike Welch commented: “I know first-hand the twists and turns of running a startup and I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge to support new businesses. It’s really exciting to be able to provide some insights and meet up-and-coming entrepreneurs at Startup Summit.”

Grab your ticket today: there are early bird tickets available...but not for long! 🎟️

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