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“The festival was friendly and informative with upbeat presenters, companies and delegates. The speakers were so uplifting and motivating and the networking opportunities were advantageous as I developed some new connections.”

BeBrave! Scotland’s Leading Entrepreneurial Festival powered by Elevator & Business Gateway took the country by storm on Thursday 3 October 2019. 

With more than 350 brave attendees through the door, the first of its kind festival celebrated Scotland’s entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirit. It targeted those with an appetite for unleashing their ambition and harnessing local business support opportunities.

Attendees included leading support organisations in the exhibitors’ area, individuals with a passion for starting their own business, members of Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, members of the local business community, and students from college and university. 

Centred around the theme of being brave and pushing boundaries, the day-long festival welcomed an array of inspirational speakers. Jamie Andrew, Scottish mountaineer and quadruple amputee, kicked off the day by giving the audience a clear reminder to aim high because nothing is impossible!

The lunchtime ‘power of leadership’ panel saw five remarkable leaders take to the stage to discuss how each was driving change in their sector: 

  • Caroline McKenna, founder of Social Good HQ
  • Andy Campbell, head of accelerators at Elevator
  • Michael Boniface, head of ONE Codebase
  • Anke Heggie, director of business services and advice at Scottish Enterprise
  • Pat Machray, former chief executive and chairman at ANM Group

Post-discussion, the audience asked questions to delve deeper into the understanding of how leadership skills can be transferred to best business practice. 

To round off the day, Steve Mitchell from award-winning business, The Buffalo Farm amplified his vision to become Scotland’s first producer of buffalo mozzarella. 

A survey respondent stated: “The festival was friendly and informative with upbeat presenters, companies and delegates. The speakers were so uplifting and motivating and the networking opportunities were advantageous as I developed some new connections.”

In between the keynote speakers, the festival included a range of intuitive workshops delivered by Google Digital Garage, Amazon and Business Gateway.

A survey participant said: “I loved the amount of useful information provided at the workshops and the opportunity to ask questions at the end. I received solid practical advice for improving my small business and it was beneficial to gain a clearer understanding of the support which exists.”  

Following 2019’s success, Elevator and Business Gateway are on a mission to make 2020’s BeBrave! festival bolder, bigger and better.