A Dragons’ Den participant who turned down offers, another who made ?120K profit in year 1 of trading & an economic overview second to none – this is the 2015 WeDO Scotland Conference?
This year, we have decided to change the format of our Annual Conference which will be a half day event rather than a full day. ?With a fantastic line-up of speakers, the event will be an outstanding opportunity to hear from a wide variety of engaging, motivational & informed individuals. ?This will of course, also be an ideal opportunity to mix, mingle and meet with a wide cross-section of Scottish entrepreneurs at what will be a highly motivating and inspiring event.
The day will start with tea/coffee and bacon rolls, followed by 2 of our speakers & our ‘Pitching for Talent or Investment’ from 6 of our Young Members. ?There will then be a further coffee break before moving on to hear our other 3 speakers, followed by the presentation of our Lifetime Achievement Award. ?The event will end with a buffet lunch which finishes at 1:30pm and attendees can re-convene at our Last Thursday Social Drinks event being held at Tigerlily.
We are awaiting confirmation from our final 2 speakers and details will be posted ASAP. ?A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available on a first come first served basis so book as soon as possible to guarantee your place – this event is open to members and non members. ?This is what attendees said about our 2014 conference:
“I thought the event was brilliant. ?Great venue, format, attendance and the speakers were inspiring and fun to listen to. ?It is rapidly becoming a must attend conference for business leaders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our great wee country.” ?
“Very interesting event and very well put together. ?I’m not sure that there are any other events in Edinburgh where you get so many successful business people with so much experience and knowledge, and, more importantly, willing to share their intellectual knowledge.” ?
“A very inspiring and thought-provoking day. ?I made a lot of useful connections and I was particularly impressed by the wide cross-section of WeDO Scotland members.” ?
“Another enjoyable conference. ?The presentations and workshops are always very interesting and leave you inspired. ?Equally though, networking with other attendees and hearing about their great businesses is fantastic. ?A great day.” ?
“I thought the whole event was superb and a template for how businesses and individuals of all shapres and sizes can get together, learn from each other and benefit everyone.”
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9:00am: ?RYAN O’RORKE – FOUNDER OF FLAVOURLY & ANDREW DOBBIE – FOUNDER OF MADE BRAVE
Ryan O’Rorke, founder of?Flavourly,?is a multi-award winning internet entrepreneur born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. After dropping out of university at 24 and with a few hundred pounds in his pocket he went on to start Flavourly from his grandmothers garage.? Flavourly is now the largest gourmet food, snack and craft beer discovery service in the UK and is on track to hit ?1m sales in 2015 – the company employs a team of 10 and has shipped out over 600,000 products to thousands of happy customers.
In 2014, he launched a funding drive on Angels Den which was fully funded in under 22 hours – the fastest-ever equity crowdfunded project in the UK at that time.
He appeared on the BBC TV show ‘Dragons Den’ in February of this year where he received 4/5 offers and was branded ‘The Dragon Slayer’ as shortly after the show aired he went on to raise a further ?500,000 through a live crowd fund, which was 7 times higher than he was offered from the dragons.
When Ryan is not glued to a computer screen driving sales or in the gym, he loves to sample new craft beers and help aspiring entrepreneurs.
Click on the logo above to visit the website.
Andrew Dobbie?is?Ryan’s brother and they met for the first time only a few years ago. ?Andrew was adopted at birth and they share the same birth mother. ?Their relationship flourished as their respective companies began to take off, with the two discovering they share similar interests and entrepreneurial spirits. Andrew founded?MadeBrave??with ?1,000 in his bank account & a 2 week old baby,in his first year of business, he made a phenomenal ?120K profit.
Andrew has been shortlisted for the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year in Entrepreneurial Spark’s Entrepreneuring Awards and won the Outstanding Contribution by a Young Business Leader Award in the Inspiring City Awards in 2014 as well as winning the Best Performing Business Award in the Glasgow Business Awards in 2014 – only 18 months after launching the business.
Andrew is a Graphic Designer & Photographer by trade and left a Creative Director role to flex his creativity and grow a brand to be proud of. ?36 months and 20 full-time staff later, he’s done just that. ?Attracting clients such as The SSE Hydro, Arup, Scottish Canals, Scottish Renewables, Bowmore Whisky, Airspace and more, MadeBrave? has certainly made an entrance in the Scottish creative scene.
9:40am: ?YOUNG MEMBERS ‘PITCHING FOR TALENT OR INVESTMENT’ PRESENTATIONS
Hear pitches from 6 of our Young Members who are either looking to attract Non-Exec Directors/Advisers/Mentors or are looking for investment. ?The pitches will each last 5 minutes and will take place directly before the mid-morning coffee break to enable interested parties to speak to any of the young members whose pitches are of interest to them.
10:35am: ?BILL JAMIESON – FOUNDER OF SCOT-BUZZ & FORMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE SCOTSMAN
Bill Jamieson is the founder of Scot-Buzz,?Scotland?s fast-growing business news and current affairs website. ?Their?purpose is to champion enterprise, in particular Scotland?s start-up and SME sector, and to pursue campaigns that support and promote business endeavour. ?Small firms are great business drivers. They are adaptable, dynamic, innovative and opportunistic. Truly, without a thriving SME sector, our chances of economic and social improvement are slim indeed.
Each week they bring news and analysis of key business and economic data in Scotland ? retail sales, business confidence surveys, Scottish GDP and public finance data ? together with practical help and support for business start-ups and SMEs. ?You can sign up to receive their weekly news bulletin by clicking HERE.
Bill was formerly Executive Editor of the Scotsman newspaper with specific responsibility for the paper’s business and economic coverage and was the economics columnist for Scotland on Sunday. ?He continues to write for both publications on a freelance basis in addition to the Spectator business magazine and City AM. ?He is also a regular commentator on business and economic affairs for BBC Scotland.
Prior to this, he spent 7 years as the Economics Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. ?Bill speaks on the domestic and global effects of changes in the economy and the financial markets. ?He is also a passionate advocate of the positive overall economic effects of championing entrepreneurialism and why regulation and risk aversion will damage this.
In addition to speaking and journalism, Bill is also the author of a number of books on economcis and politics including An Illustrated Guide to the British Economy and Scotland’s Ten Tomorrows: ?The Devolution Crisis.
8:30am:? ?????Registration ? tea/coffee & bacon rolls
8:50am:???????Welcome – Belinda Roberts, Founder of WeDO Scotland
& Michelle Quance – Chair of the Conference Steering Group
9:00am: ? ? ? Ryan O’Rorke – Founder of Flavourly & Andrew Dobbie – Founder of Made?Brave
9:40am: ? ? ??Young Members ?Pitching for Talent or Investment? Presentations
10:20am:? ? ?Tea/coffee & cakes
10:35am:? ? ?Bill Jamieson – Founder of Scot-Buzz
11:15am:? ? ?4th speaker – TBC
11:55am:? ? ?5th speaker – TBC
12:45pm:? ? ?Presentation of the 2015 WeDO Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award
12:55pm:? ? ?Close – Gill Eastgate – General Manager of WeDO Scotland
1:00pm:? ? ? ?Lunch & networking
1:30pm:? ? ? ?Event ends
Please note that ticket sales close on Monday the 25th of May at 12 noon.
If you have any questions, please email?[email protected]?or call us on?08708 759 793.
A variety of sponsorship packages are available, please email us on?[email protected]?and we will send you more information.