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Our headline speakers have been handpicked to share their unique stories, trials and tribulations and inspire YOU - our next generation of entrepreneurs to BeBrave!

Hear from some of Scotland’s innovators as they delve deeper into their entrepreneurial mindset and learn how each has turned their own highs and lows into valuable business lessons.

We have three headline acts running throughout the day, each with its own dedicated theme, inspiring YOU to #BeBrave!

Moving mountains: The incredible story of Scottish mountaineer Jamie Andrew

An extraordinary example of bravery, Jamie Andrew, OBE and quadruple amputee mountaineer, lost his hands and feet to frostbite after being stuck for five days near the summit of an Alpine mountain. Defying all expectations, learning to ski, snowboard, sail, and paraglide, as well as running the London marathon before returning to climb once again, fearless Jamie has a truly remarkable tale of resilience to tell.

The power of leadership: leading business transformation

Panel discussion themed on leadership and how to transfer these skills into best business practice

  • Leading social change: Caroline McKenna, Founder of Social Good HQ
  • Leading entrepreneurs: Andy Campbell, Head of Accelerators Elevator 
  • Leading Aberdeen's tech community: Michael Boniface, Head of ONE Codebase
  • Leading Scottish growth: Anke Heggie, Director, Business Services and Advice, Scottish Enterprise
  • Leading rural change: Pat Machray, former Chief Executive and Chairman, ANM Group

Take the bull by the horn: A Scottish first with Steve Mitchell

Founder of the Buffalo Farm, near Kirkcaldy, Steve Mitchell is on the quest to make and produce Scotland's first-ever buffalo mozzarella. Hear about his tale of ambition and drive, as he is set to sit among a long list of Scottish innovators - thanks to his own bold thinking!

Alongside our main stage, Business Gateway, Google Digital Garage and Amazon Marketplace will uncover the hidden, fundamental foundations which come with starting or growing your business, through detailed and bespoke workshops.