We’re delighted to be once again hosting our Conference this year for the first time in 3 years due to the pandemic and we’re coming back with a bang!  Taking place on Wednesday the 15th of November at Edinburgh Academicals The Place in Stockbridge, this event will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, and experts from diverse industries to share their experiences, insights, and strategies for success.


We will be joined by six outstanding keynote speakers who will be sharing inspiring entrepreneurial stories of success and growth strategies, as well as thought-provoking insights on entrepreneurship and business leadership.  We will hear about the challenges faced by our speakers, as well as their innovation insights – there will be no rose-tinted glasses journey sharing!  We are conscious that few of us enjoy listening to long speeches and each speaker will therefore talk for 20 minutes, followed by a 5 minute Q & A.

We will also be hearing the views and opinions of a fantastic experts on our “Business & the Economy’ and “Funding & Investment’ panels which will be highly interactive sessions with ample opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  Additionally, there will be two ‘In Conversations’ with engaging guests discussing a wide variety of topics.


The focus of the Conference is creating and embracing opportunities.  The day has been curated to deliver true value and deliverable outcomes for entrepreneurs and business leaders following key themes of passion, drive and growth: resilience will resonate.  There will be an unrivalled and energising opportunities to network and connect with your peers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to absorb, learn from, and share the latest thought leadership, best practices and challenges currently facing Scottish businesses which is a powerful offering to any entrepreneur or business leader. The opportunity to spend time with like-minded peers and be more analytical about your business is a powerful energiser, resulting in greater inspiration and a refreshed outlook.

We’re not about the ordinary, we’re about the extraordinary.  You won’t find speakers at our Conference who are ‘on the circuit’.  You won’t find speakers who you’ve already heard at many other events.

Who you hear will inspire you with unique, engaging stories far from the norm of many entrepreneurial events and SME business conferences.  There will be a 5 minute Q & A afterwards to give you the opportunity to ask questions to each speaker.

Click HERE to find out more about our speakers.

Our ‘Scottish Business and the Economy’ and “Funding and Investment’ panels will be a fascinating opportunity to hear the views of some of Scotland’s leading topic experts and business leaders.  The sessions will incorporate Q & As on each topic above, giving delegates plenty of opportunity to ask questions & join in the debate.

Click HERE to find out more about our panelists.

Our ‘In Conversations’ are hosted by Richard Simpson, joint Managing Director of Tayburn, member of the WeDO Executive Team and host of the soon to be launching WeDO Podcast.  In the morning, he will be in conversation with Jason Allardyce, renowned journalist and former Editor of The Sunday Times Scotland.  Our afternoon ‘In Conversation’ guest is Dr Brian Williamson, one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors, in 2017, he won our Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to entrepreneurialism.  Click HERE to find out more about our ‘In Conversation’ guests.


Having listened to feedback from previous years, we have included more time for networking – there will be two and a half hours during the day to mix and mingle with fellow attendees followed by a Drinks Reception to close the event.


The Conference is open to members, with a limited number of 23 non-members tickets available on a strictly first come, first served basis.  Places are limited to 120 maximise networking opportunities and ensure participation is maximised for all attendees.

“There is a fantastic energy in the room, that comes from having phenomenally successful Scottish business people mixing with exciting aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s a very powerful combination!”


  • Learn from the best – an outstanding opportunity to be inspired & increase your skills & knowledge.
  • Meet industry experts & learn from some of Scotland’s & the UK’s leading entrepreneurs.
  • Network – build new relationships & strengthen those with peers you already know. 
  • Taking time away from the office and working ‘on’ your business rather than ‘in’ it will encourage your creativity and idea generation.
  • Meeting & hearing from like-minded, ambitious business leaders and entrepreneurs to spark your future plans.
  • Find out about new approaches to business growth and innovative ideas to benefit your company.
  • Investing in you as the business owner and leader will have exponential benefits to you, your teams and your company.
  • Help sow the seeds & nurture relationships which often lead to reciprocal assistance for a variety of situations including innovation, joint ventures, distribution partnerships, investment, sales leads, market intelligence and much more. 


Click HERE to view the Programme for the day.


To find out more about partnering with us for the Conference and benefit from outstanding opportunities to raise the profile of your brand and increase engagement and reach with the Scottish SME community, click HERE.


If you’re interested in finding out more about WeDO, click HERE.

To apply for membership, click HERE.