For students interested in start-ups

Whether its starting your own venture or working for an early stage company this is the conference to be at!

We want to prepare you with what University couldn’t - so we’ve got 27 executives and early employees lined up to meet, speak and mentor you. Here’s what we have lined up for you :

Speakers (TED Keynote Style):

  • Amiqus CEO - Entrepreneurial Scotland Rising Star 2017 - Callum Murray - “Solve a problem and create an impact”

  • Social Bite Director - Alice Thompson - “Screw it to the rules - crucial entrepeneurial lessons”

  • Velocity Digital CEO - Mike McGrail - “Personal marketing in the digital age”

  • Administrate CEO - John Peebles

  • Creator of Startup Autopsy - Maryam Mazraei - "Powerful lessons from over 100 failed startups"

  • CEO Mallzee - Cally Russell - "0 - 1 Million users in less time than your degree. Lessons we've learnt along the way"

Panel Discussion:

  • Future X - Co-Founder - Zoi Kantounatou

  • Float App - CEO - Colin Hewitt

  • MSP Edi South + Director Paper Tiger - Daniel Johnson

  • Adopt An Intern - Marketing Lead - Nick Murray

  • Schoolab - International Business Development - Carlota Gil Carretero


Adopt and Intern, Give a Grad a Go, RASA.ai, LaunchED, Mallzee, Edinburgh Careers, Appointedd, Future X, Social Bite, Startup Autopsy, Schoolab (French Incubator), Administrate, e-Placement Scotland, Swipii, Lil Pop, Neatebox, Co + Co, Float App, Uuni, Nameydo, Funzing, Whichit, Tuki Travel

Join us and get yourself #STARTUPREADY!

Start - ED was conceived and ran by a conjoined team of students from two of Edinburgh’s largest universities - Heriot Watt and University of Edinburgh. We started with the vision of getting students prepared and spreading awareness about working in dynamic environments that startups offer.



10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


13.00 - 18.00



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  • 12:30-13:00

    Arrive and getting settled

  • 13:00-13:20

    Olga Kozlova Director of Converge Challenge

    Overview of the entrepreneurial opportunities for students in Scotland

  • 13:20-13:45

    Callum Murray - Amiqus CEO + Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Rising Star Award 2017

    "Solve a problem and create an impact"

  • 13:45-14:15

    Maryam Mazraei - Founder Startup Autopsy

    "Powerful lessons from over 100 failed startups"

  • 14:15-14:25

    Time to make way to workshops

  • 14:25-15:25

    First round of workshops and speed mentoring

  • 15:25-15:30

    Time for switching workshops

  • 15:30-16:30

    2nd round of workshops and speed mentoring

  • 16:30-16:35

    Time to return from workshops

  • 16:35-16:55

    John Peebles

    Founder + CEO Administrate

  • 16:55-17:20

    Alice Thompson - Co-founder + Director Social bite

    "Screw it to the rules - crucial entrepeneurial lessons"

  • 17:20-17:35

    Cally Russell - CEO Mallzee

    "0 - 1 Million users in less time than your degree. Lessons we've learnt along the way"

  • 17:35-17:55

    Mike Mcgrail - CEO Velocity Digital

    "Personal marketing in the digital age"

  • 17:55-18:25

    Panel Discussion

    "Skills for the future: How can we be start-up ready now?'"


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