- Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK, and Rob Spiro, Co-founder of Aardvark (sold to Google for $50 million) and Founder of Imagination Machine among first announced speakers.
- Johnston Carmichael signed as key sponsor for third consecutive year.
- Startup Summit will take place on 30th October at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.
- 1,000 delegates expected to attend this year’s event.
- This year’s key tracks are People, Process and Performance.
Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship event, Startup Summit, is returning to Edinburgh on October 30th with a world-class line-up of speakers. Among the first confirmed speakers are Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK and co-founder of Azimo, the global FinTech money transfer platform which has raised over $70 million to date, and Rob Spiro, Co-founder ofAardvark which sold to Google for $50 million and Director of French accelerator Imagination Machine. Now in its 8th year, the event is set to host over 1,000 people at the Assembly Rooms.
For the third consecutive year, Startup Summit is backed by Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers. Johnston Carmichael support some of the country’s most innovative and high-growth startups, scale-ups and global businesses. Their client base spans a broad variety of sectors including renewable energy solutions, disruptive medical technology and social enterprises.
This year's events will focus on three main tracks: People, Process and Performance, with speakers across three stages covering everything from attracting and retaining the best talent, to fine-tuning practices to ensure long-term success.
“Startup Summit has grown alongside the vibrant entrepreneurial environment in Edinburgh and in our eighth year we're ready to supercharge high growth startup companies by developing their People, Process and Performance so that we create impactful companies that are sustainable and scalable.
We have a diverse and internationally renowned speaker lineup this year and we are delighted to welcome Marta and Rob to the SUS19 stage, with support from our longtime partners Johnston Carmichael."
Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK said:
"UK startup talent is not only in London, and Startup Summit is the perfect proof of that."
“I'm excited to meet promising entrepreneurs in Edinburgh, one of the UK's most innovative cities, and making sure Google for Startups maintains its commitment to supporting startups country-wide."
"In recent years Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, has seen a boom in the presence of tech startups and entrepreneurs who have an insatiable appetite for growth and success. Nowhere is this more evident than at Startup Summit, which every year showcases the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Scotland. Partnering with the organisers, FutureX, was an easy decision for Johnston Carmichael as, like us, they are forward thinking, socially conscious and have an international mindset."