Edinburgh Networking Breakfast – Dr Eoghan Colgan of Continulus – 15th September

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  • September Networking Breakfast
     15 September 2022
     8:30 am - 10:00 am

Our Networking Breakfasts launched in February 2022 and are proving to be a key monthly event in the Scottish business calendar.  They are open events where both members of WeDO and non-members are welcome.  Offering a fantastic opportunity to spend a full hour networking, we alternate each month between an entrepreneurial speaker who will share their journey (including challenges faced – no rose tinted glasses overviews!) and topic based, where the speaker will share their expertise and tips on a specific subject.  Places are limited to 50 to enable effective networking and are allocated on a first come first served basis.   Please note that tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available on the door.

This month, we are delighted to be welcoming Dr Eoghan Colgan, winner of our 2021 Best Use of Technology Award and Best Pivot Product in our Covid-19 Scottish SME Business Awards in 2020.

From studying medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, to contracting near fatal malaria in the Ivory Coast whilst working as a medical student, to a highly successful musical career (Sir Tom Jones warmed up his crowd at a gig in Dublin!), working as an Emergency Medicine Doctor at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and founding Continulus, Eoghan has done more than most of us would achieve in a lifetime. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at Glasgow University and an instructor in Adult and Paediatric Life Support.  

Eoghan’s idea for Continulus was born during his near death experience from malaria whilst working in the Ivory Coast during his third year at medical school.

“The doctor who looked after me said afterwards that he was not sure if I would survive. But I wasn’t in intensive care or anything, just in a mud hut with a drip nailed to the wall.”

After qualifying in 2001 he was advised by tropical disease experts not to work in Africa. He moved to Glasgow, via Australia, and in 2007 quit his career as a doctor and focused full-time on music.

Eoghan won the top spot as O2’s finest unsigned act, a cash prize and the opportunity to play at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.

“It gave me a lot of exposure, especially in London, and money to buy instruments. After winning the O2 Undiscovered, I played The Grazia Magazine Fashion Awards as well as the Q Awards Nomination Ceremony at the London’s O2 Arena alongside Athlete, Hard-Fi and the Manic Street Preachers.  In 2009 he performed in Dublin as part of the global celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Guinness.”

Eoghan returned to medicine in June 2011 and over time, when he started exploring the courses and conferences on offer to medical professionals, he realised the limits on accessing training. Most were expensive and required travelling.

He eventually decided to bring the training to his doorstep and launched Critical Care Events in Scotland.

“It became the new rock’n’ roll for me. I had years of experience organising my own events. These training events were like gigs – you book the venue, get a line-up and you sell the tickets. I took all of that experience and applied it to organising medical events.”

Some of what emerged from Critical Care’s events was “so impactful” that he felt it should be available to a wider online audience. This grew into what was initially known as MedReach, later re-branding as Continulus.  Continulus is an exciting, mission-driven, healthcare edtech company helping doctors and nurses all over the world to access up-to-date knowledge fairly and easily. Their unique video pocketbooks make learning with world experts inclusive, low-cost, environmentally friendly and socially responsible for clinicians and healthcare institutions in 138 countries and growing. It is affectionately called ‘The Netflix of Continuing Healthcare Education.’

Continulus also has social good impetus supporting healthcare learning and delivery in low-income countries with a modest fee is charged to health professionals in higher-income countries.  This enables them to provide free access to health professionals in low-income countries with a proportion of every course fee donated to healthcare projects in poorly-resourced areas.

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Join us to hear Eoghan’s incredible journey, the ups and downs and what he has learnt so far from this hugely inspiring and impressive entrepreneur.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone with an interest in business who is looking for an enjoyable networking event!  Unlike many speaker events, there is a full hour allocated to networking which has been missed by so many during the pandemic.

TICKET PRICE

The ticket price of £20 + VAT for members and £25 + VAT for non-members.  The ticket price includes tea/coffee and a bacon roll or fruit salad. Please select your choice when booking your ticket.

A VAT invoice will be issued once you have booked your ticket. Please note that ticket sales end at 2pm on Tuesday 13th September.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tickets can be cancelled and refunded by emailing [email protected]. We regret that any tickets cancelled after 12 noon on Thursday 8th of September will not be applicable for refunds for any reason.  Tickets can be transferred to a different name until Tuesday 13th September at 5pm by emailing [email protected]

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