Now in its 23rd year, it has become the 'must attend' event for Scotland’s entrepreneurial leaders and change makers. It provides an environment unlike anything else for those hungry to learn and connect - where our community come together for a day of invaluable learning, inspiration and networking.
Building on the 2018 theme of 'Global Mindset', we will have keynote presentations and discussions from inspiring thought leaders, focusing on the key issues for high growth organisations in Scotland. Discover first-hand what inspires and concerns your peers and get insider perspectives on global mindset strategies as a tool for growth and productivity and if you stay on for the evening, you can continue your networking followed by a sumptuous dinner and entertainment from some of Scotland’s brightest young stars.
Mike Soutar - Entrepreneur and Co-Founder Shortlist Media
Jo Fairley - Founder of Green and Blacks
Stefani Grosse - Founder and CEO of Monreal London
Sonia Lo - CEO of Crop One Holdings
Steven Gray - CEO of ROVOP
David S. Rose - CEO of Gust
Charlie MacGregor - Founder and CEO of The Student Hotel
Iain Anderson (Chair) - Co-founder of Cicero Group
Cazenove Capital is again supporting ES Summit 2019 as headline partner, with DC Thomson as summit media partners.
Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland said: “To be truly world class, you have to surround yourself with world class visionaries, innovators and changemakers. Every year, we energise and encourage our audience to broaden their minds, with an inspirational programme featuring some of the world’s best entrepreneurial talent.
“Feedback from our conference is always outstanding and I expect this year to be no exception, as we build on the success of previous years. I look forward to Jo and Mike sharing some fascinating insights into their personal journeys and I shall reveal more of our programme soon.”
Bob Hair, Head of Edinburgh Office, Cazenove Capital, said:
“Cazenove is thrilled to partner again with Entrepreneurial Scotland and show our continued commitment to entrepreneurship. Cazenove have some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs amongst our clients and I am sure that the attendees at next spring’s ES Annual Summit will learn so much from another brilliant line up of speakers as they share their insights.”
As Chairman at Cicero Group, Iain is an expert in public policy and complex corporate communications issues. Iain was part of the founding team at Cicero Group, now the UK’s biggest independent lobbying agency. Current clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industry sectors. He regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and BBC. Iain is also contributing Political Editor at Square Mile magazine. He is a Non-Executive Director of fintech body Innovate Finance and chairs the Fintech Strategy Group for the City of London.
In 1991, Jo Fairley co - founded the pioneering organic chocolate company Green & Black’s (with her husband Craig Sams), which has now gone on to be ‘bigger than Marmite’ (in sales terms) and ‘cooler than Prada’ (Coolbrands 2007/2008); in the Coolbrands Survey 2009, Green & Black’s was the only food brand in the top 20. In 2005, the brand was sold to Cadbury’s, but Jo remains in an ambassadorial role, travelling the world as the brand grows internationally in countries including the US and Australia. In 2008 Jo and her husband Craig Sams collaborated on Sweet Dreams: The Story of Green & Black’s (Random House).
Monreal London was founded in 2012 by German-born designer Stefanï Grosse, whose parents worked in the fields of fashion and sports, which had a significant impact on her career path. When Grosse was five, she picked up her first tennis racket and while her passion for the sport remained, her path led her away from the professional tennis circuit towards fashion design. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, she designed for labels including Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, before becoming a player in her own right by establishing Monreal. Stefanï approaches every Monreal collection the same way she would a fashion collection. The only difference: performance comes first.
Steven Gray began his career as a corporate lawyer before spending 15 years in banking and private equity to the oil, gas, energy and offshore industries in Europe and North America. Steven established the Aberdeen office for LDC, the UK’s leading private equity investor in 2008, before co-founding ROVOP in 2011. From a new start business operating from a two-desk office seven years ago, ROVOP has delivered on ambitious growth plans to become a leading provider of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services to the global energy industry, with a fleet 51 ROVs, 200 staff, and its own, purpose-built headquarters in Aberdeen and Houston.
David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor who has founded or funded over 100 pioneering companies. He has been described by Forbes as "New York's Archangel", by Crain's New York Business as "the father of angel investing in New York", and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley". He is the New York Times best-selling author of Angel Investing and The Startup Checklist. David is the founder and CEO of Gust, which operates the world's largest online platform and community for entrepreneurs and early stage investors. Gust is used by over 700,000 entrepreneurs in 191 countries to connect with over 80,000 early stage investors and pioneered the field of Company as a Service (CaaS). He is also Managing Director of Rose Tech Ventures; Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels; Co-founder and Managing Director of the AREA Technology Accelerator; and Associate Founder and Founding Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University. David was the first investor and Chairman of JUMP Bikes, acquired by Uber, and serves as a board director of KoolSpan and Moven. He is an active early stage investor and companies he has seed-funded have been acquired by Facebook, Google, Amazon, Intel, Oracle, CBS, and Kodak. A native New Yorker, David has a BA in Urban Affairs from Yale University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a D. Eng. (hc) from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Charlie MacGregor is a Scottish entrepreneur, CEO and founder of The Student Hotel, and co-founder of NGO Movement on the Ground. MacGregor was born and raised in Edinburgh, before buying a student housing company aged 25. MacGregor founded TSH in 2006 as a co-living, co-working hybrid hospitality model that caters for students, business and leisure travellers and short stay guests. Under MacGregor’s leadership, TSH has been acknowledged by Deloitte as one of 51 best managed companies in the Netherlands 2017-18, achieving Gold status, having been included for more than four years. MacGregor is also a co-founder and member of Movement on the Ground, a not-for-profit foundation responding to the global refugee crisis.
Sonia Lo is a serial entrepreneur and highly accomplished business executive who has lived in 16 countries, done business in 35 countries, and speaks seven languages fluently. Ms. Lo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Crop One Holdings, the largest vertical farmer in the world. Crop One’s brand, FreshBox Farms, is the only vertical farm today operating profitably at scale, and Ms. Lo is the only female CEO of a vertical farming company globally. Crop One is expanding both domestically and internationally, including most recently in Dubai through a $40 million joint venture with Emirates Flight Catering. Ms. Lo also serves as Founder and Managing Director of Chalsys, LLP an advisory and direct investment firm focusing on business building, restructuring and asset management. As Managing Director at Chalsys, Sonia has invested in over 15 global growth stage companies, raising more than $120 million. Prior to Chalsys, Ms. Lo was the co-founder and CEO of eZoka Group, a UK based internet startup-company that was sold to private investors in 2002. Ms. Lo is also a former Director of Global Content for Google, Inc. She was appointed one of the top Global 100 Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in 2000 and 2001 and was named one of Management Today’s leading 35 businesswomen in the UK under the age of 35. Ms. Lo earned her BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She holds Professional Chef and Pastry Qualifications from the London and City College and completed certifications in Green Supply Chain Management and Zero Energy Architecture.