For SMEs in Scotland, the transformation from an early-stage to a mature and successful business can be extremely challenging.
With traditional debt and equity funding difficult to access for young companies, alternative finance - usually sourced through crowdfunding platforms - is increasingly being used to drive forward businesses with high-growth ambitions. One of the broader challenges is matching businesses with investors to plug gaps in both the supply and demand of finance to support SME growth.
Confirmed speakers include:
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Scottish Government
Stuart Lunn, CEO, Lending Crowd
Derek Shaw, Investment Director, Scottish Investment Bank
Paula Skinner, Partner, Harper Macleod
Angela Morrison, Founder, amiExecutive
Emil Stickland, Director, Thrive Digital (expert in international e-commerce)
Stephen Jardine, Writer and Broadcaster (Chair)