“Our entire team at Startup Summit and FutureX, alongside all our partners, stand ready to meet the challenge and use the power of entrepreneurial action to supercharge high-growth, high-impact start-ups and entrepreneurs – no matter where they are in the world – at a time when the world needs sustainable companies that scale." - Bruce Walker, CEO & Co-founder, FutureX
“There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. People think ‘oh my goodness, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and it’s time to hide away’ but it’s not, it’s time to be bold.” - Sir Tom Hunter
“BrewDog has recently purchased over 2,000 acres of forest just north of Loch Lomond and intends to plant one million trees as well as returning 550 acres to peatland restoration, which acts as a carbon sink.” - James Wat
Joining the speaker lineup this year were David Wilding from Twitter UK, Alice Zagury from Paris-based The Family and investor Priya Guha from Merian Ventures. DIGIT caught up with each of them and brought attention to some key issues facing entrepreneurs and businesses in 2020.
Priya talked about the need for increased diversity in tech, a message we’ve always been huge advocates for. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, this message has become imperative for everyone building a business.
“It is clear we need to focus on how underrepresented founders have access to the same capital, but the only way you’re going to get those decisions is when you have a diversity of voices within investment committees, for example.” - Priya Guha, Partner, Merian Ventures
“It’s even more important right now to have your support system and to be surrounded by a community of peers and people who can take care and help each other out” - Alice Zagury, Co-founder and CEO, The Family
“I always advise people to follow well on Twitter too – find the people who are interesting and interested and take advantage of the fact you’re not limited on Twitter to an existing network of people you know.” - David Wilding, Director of Planning, Twitter UK
On Day 2 of SUS20, the three finalists pitched live at the event and the winner made it to the press with one of the greatest headlines we’ve seen in years: Frog to cross the Pond after pitching prize win!
“Winning the competition offers us an exciting platform on which to build our profile as we look to market and scale the business, and to promote Scotland’s thriving tech for good community, of which we are proud to be a part.” - Phil Worms, Founder, Frog
As the event closed, we thought back on the positive messages we heard throughout SUS20. We were truly overwhelmed with the opportunities highlighted for entrepreneurs and the support both people and organisations were willing to offer to each other.
"I am delighted that Tide was able to participate in Startup Summit this year, an event highlighting that there are opportunities for small businesses in the midst of this extremely challenging crisis. It can be easy to focus on the negatives in a time like this, particularly when faced with another national lockdown, but I hope that we were able to shed some light on the areas of opportunity, to help small business owners to look at where they may be able to find a way through, and maybe, come out stronger on the other side." - Oliver Prill, CEO, Tide