Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2019: Edinburgh

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The Hub

348-350 Castlehill



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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2019: Edinburgh

After successfully running the event in Bristol for the past five years, Enterprise Nation brings the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs to Scotland!

Hosted at the gorgeous Hub in Edinburgh, the event is a must in your entrepreneurial calendar.

It brings together some of the UK's most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and brightest start-ups, leaving you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a day of expert and practical insight on how to start and grow your business!

Why attend?

  • All-day access to the keynote stage with inspiring talks
  • Exhibition area and business advice zone
  • Small business market featuring innovative local brands
  • Structured networking opportunities to meet your fellow delegates
  • A hot lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day

Earlybird tickets are discounted and available until 11.30pm on 25 February 2019. Enterprise Nation members receive 25% off both standard and early bird tickets.

Your festival agenda

9.30am: Registration

10am: Welcome from Enterprise Nation and Women’s Enterprise Scotland

10.20am: How I made it: Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of Genius Gluten Free Foods

Genius Foods was born out of Lucinda’s urgent requirement to provide tasty gluten-free bread for her son, whom had been diagnosed as gluten intolerant. In 2009 Genius Bread hit the shelves and today the product range includes a whole range of gluten free breads and snacks that are stocked in the biggest supermarkets all over the world.

10.50am: Show me the money! Expert advice on raising funds and managing your money for your business

  • Lynne Cadenhead, chair of Women's Enterprise Scotland and angel investor
  • Suzy Jackson, Transmit Loans
  • Evelyn McDonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE
  • Sandra McLean, fund manager, DSL Finance
  • Charlotte Tucker, director and ICAEW Chartered Accountant, Prime Numbers
  • Kerry Sharp, Scottish Investment Bank

11.30am: Coffee break: Visit the exhibition and network with your fellow female entrepreneurs

12.00pm: Square presents: Female entrepreneurs on starting, running and growing a business

Kate McCutchen, Head of UK Marketing at Square, interviews three successful female entrepreneurs on how they've started their businesses:

  • Tasha Calvey, co-owner of the Projects Salon
  • Lynn Powell, owner of The Arianas Collective
  • Katie Webb, owner of KLW Consultancy

12.30pm: 'How Monkeys Taught Me to Take Risks' by Evolutionary Biologist Dr Mairi Macleod

After many years of research and writing on the biology of behaviour, Mairi is building a business, using her expertise, to help women entrepreneurs capitalise on their female talents. Here, through recounting her fieldwork adventures, she’ll demonstrate how we can learn to feel good about taking risks in pursuit of our ambitions.

1.00pm: Lunch and networking

2.00pm: Mobile, Visual, Personal: Future Proofing Your Business with Facebook

The smartphone has changed the world as radically as any technology in history, making our world borderless. A Facebook page gives your business a ready-made mobile strategy. With engaging content, including eye-catching video, and the use of messaging for personalised customer service, your business can build a compelling mobile presence. Join us to discover how Facebook can help your small business become large and your business go global.

2.30pm: Getting your story in the press and on telly

If you're a small business fighting for media recognition for the incredible stuff you do, there are some really simple steps to take to get noticed. A panel of experts will give their top tips and answer your questions.

  • Erikka Askeland, former business editor, Scotsman
  • Greig Cameron, Scottish business editor, The Times
  • Sandeep Gill, Diversity Lead BBC Nations & Regions, BBC
  • Lara Moloney, former director at The Skinny Magazine and business development consultant

3.00pm: How I started a business for social change and not for the profit: Alice Thompson, co-founder, Social Bite

Social Bite is a national scale social-enterprise cafe chain with over 100 staff, a quarter of which are affected by homelessness. From one sandwich shop in Edinburgh in 2012, the company has grown rapidly across Scotland. Social Bite has hosted several big names as supporters of their great work including Joanna Lumley, George Clooney, Leonardo Dicaprio and the Duke & Duchess of Sussex.

3.30pm: Coffee break: Visit the exhibition and network with your fellow female entrepreneurs

3.45pm: How to grow a service-based business

Whether you are a business consultant, graphic designer, B&B owner; the list is endless; growing a service-based business can be very different from growing a product-based business. This panel of experts will share their top tips.

  • Julie Grieve, founder, Criton
  • Teresa Jackson, founder, Collabor8te
  • Zakia Moulaoui, founder, Invisible Cities
  • Julie Roberts, founder, Ostara Pilates

4.15pm: Going global: How to sell your products and services to the world

It's easier than it ever has been to sell to new markets across the globe but where do you start? Listen to expert advice and post your questions to these globe-trotting entrepreneurs:

  • Laura Birrell, Sticky Heelz
  • Julie Wison, Cheeky Chompers
  • Karen Riddick, Second Nature
  • Ann Maree Morison, Labels4Kids

4.45pm: Event finish

About Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is the UK's most active small business network and we have helped thousands of people turn their good idea into a great business.

Enterprise Nation membership gives you access to exclusive opportunities to grow your business and connects you with like-minded entrepreneurs and business experts who can help. Membership is just £10 a month and you can cancel at any time. By selecting the 'plus membership' ticket, you’ll automatically get 25% off this event too!

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Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Please note that in the event you are unable to attend this event due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.

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