A conference designed to inspire students and business owners to ‘Make it Happen’ is a highlight of this year’s Dundee Business Week.

The special event, organised by Business Gateway in conjunction with the Centre of Entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee and Elevator, will hear from record breaking cyclist and University Rector Mark Beaumont, as well as business leaders who will relay their experience and advice to high school pupils, college and university students and local business people.

Brian McNicoll, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager of University of Dundee said: “Business Gateway’s Tayside Conference is one of the highlights of Dundee Business Week and the University of Dundee Entrepreneurship Week. It is shaping up to be a truly inspirational event where you will be able to hear from high-quality speakers who will provide all of the insight and encouragement to take your entrepreneurial aspirations to the next level.

“Events of this calibre continue to demonstrate the burgeoning entrepreneurial scene in and around the Dundee area at a very exciting time in the history of the city.”

Delegates at the conference, which takes place on Wednesday, 21st February at Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, will hear how broadcaster, adventurer and author Mark Beaumont overcame numerous obstacles during his 18,000 mile record breaking world-wide cycle.

Founder of family outdoor gear supplier Team Magnus, Kristine Moody and Collette Norval, Managing Director of Social Stuff will also inspire the audience who will be treated to motivational nuggets throughout the day from host Gavin Oattes of Tree of Knowledge.

Andrew Burnett, Operations Directorof Business Gateway said: “This conference is showing the business leaders of the future that upon leaving education there are real career options available to them including self-employment. Our speakers have been specially chosen as they are motivational and knowledgeable in this field and will demonstrate that you can achieve your goals.

“At Business Gateway we work closely with local business owners throughout their journey and we hope that many of the students present at this event will seriously consider developing their entrepreneurial skills into fulfilling careers. We’ll be on hand on help take their initial idea and turn it into a successful business.”

To coincide with this event, Business Gateway is running a competition for any primary or secondary school pupils in Tayside. ‘Make Your Pitch Happen’ is funded and supported by Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Dundee and Angus and Perth and Kinross. Pupils of Tayside are invited to submit a 60-second video pitch outlining what they would do to help young people prepare for the world of work.

Five finalists will pitch live at the conference with the winning school receiving £1000. If you are a school student or teacher and would like to find out more about the competition please go to http://www.elevatoruk.com/pitch2018/

For more information and to book your free place now, please click here.

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