Ambition & Growth 2018 will inspire, motivate and inform. As a growth aspirational entrepreneur, business angel or a professional in a leadership role; you will hear inspirational speakers, participate in useful master classes and experience the ‘buzz’ of the live AccelerateHER pitch final.
Taking place on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March 2018, at the marvellous setting of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, this annual event is not to be missed. The conference will be followed by the Ambition & Growth Awards Dinner, featuring a very special guest ‘Dragon’.
Book before Friday 19 January to receive our special ‘Early Bird’ rate on day delegate rates, and join us in the evening for the glittering AccelerateHER Ambition & Growth dinner.
Who should attend?
The Investing Women Ambition & Growth conference will bring together entrepreneurs, new and existing angel investors, professionals and enterprise support specialists. Whether you are an entrepreneur keen to grow and perhaps looking for investment, thinking of starting your own business or seeking to become an angel investor, this event is for you. It will also provide a great opportunity for existing angel investors and groups to meet companies they may wish to talk further with and hear from Scotland’s most ambitious and growth aspiring women-led companies in particular. Many professionals and academic specialists will also be participating in the conference.
The Ambition & Growth Conference has a stellar line up of keynote speakers, practical master classes and 1:1 clinics. The event is designed to inspire the ambition and growth of entrepreneurs; women in particular. It has also been designed to demystify angel investing for prospective new women angels and inform both angels and professionals through sharing tangible growth strategy ‘know-how’.
- Connect with 300+ Entrepreneurs, Investors, Key Stakeholders and Support Networks (Conference & Awards Dinner)
- Globally Acclaimed Speakers and Panellists.
- Expert Panel Sessions.
- Meet Investors and Great Business Building Connections
- Networking and Exhibition.
- Information Workshops. These practical workshops include investment and finance readiness for entrepreneurs; sharpening your business proposition and pitching skills, IP and growth support.
- 1-2-1 Clinics offering time with business angels, IP, business, financial, legal and other support.
- Live AccelerateHER Growth Award Pitch Final & Winners Announced at Dinner.
Nicky Marr, Broadcaster and Writer
A freelance writer, editor and event and conference host, Nicky Marr is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland. Nicky writes and edits Connect, the magazine for Highlands and Islands Airports and is a columnist for the SPP newspaper group.
Jackie Waring, CEO, Investing Women and Conference Headline Sponsor, Chiene + Tait.
Professor Heather McGregor CBE, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University
Professor McGregor CBE, PhD (Hong Kong), MBA (London Business School), BSc (Hons) (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) is a global business leader, academic, author and financial journalist working in the area of leadership, employment and diversity. She has extensive experience in the capital markets in both the UK and in Asia, with specialisms in human resources, change management and in the global utilisation of social networks. A respected financial journalist and author, Professor McGregor is also known in the public arena for her weekly ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ column in the Financial Times, regular pieces in The Times and Management Today and appearances on TV and radio.
She was a co-founder of the 30% Club which campaigns to increase the number of women on boards, and continues to serve on its steering committee. A strong champion of diversity in the workplace, Professor McGregor was awarded a CBE in June 2015 for services to business, especially employment skills and diversity.
Professor McGregor’s wealth of experience in the workplace development of business leaders and her global perspective is highly relevant in the drive to support women angel investors and female entrepreneurs pursuing growth.
Mary Harper, Affluent Customer Director at Aviva
Mary describes herself as being obsessed with helping businesses transform, innovate and disrupt to drive sustainable competitive advantage.
Formerly Standard Life’s Head of Strategy, Customer Data and Digital, Mary is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
Awards Dinner Keynote
Dragon from Dragon’s Den. Watch this space for the big reveal!
Expert Panel Sessions
World Class Women in Science & Tech . Featuring – Angela Scott, COO, TC Biopharm, Dr Poonam Malik, Director, Innovation & Impact- Science & Technology, World Health Innovation Summit, Polly Van Alstyne, COO, Scottish Bioenergy and Alison McLaughlin, Regional Director for Scotland & Northern Ireland, Sopra Steria.
Why Be an Angel Investor? Featuring Sarah Turner, Founder and CEO, Angel Academe; Investing Women Angels Board Members, Evelyn Simpson and Sanja Moll; Kirsty Paton, Corporate and Entrepreneurial Tax Supervisor, Chiene + Tait
Social Enterprise Startups – Women are Leading the Way – With over 60% of Firstport’s social enterprise startups led by women, Josiah Lockhart, CEO, Firstport, fellow Board member and entrepreneurs will field a panel highlighting the spectrum of social enterprise and mission driven business.
Besides the excitement of the Awards, participants will also hear from an exciting celebrity figure who will speak at dinner (under wraps for now); as well as enjoy some wonderful food and the pre-dinner drinks reception.
Delegates at the conference can gain invaluable advice from active business angels and a series of top professionals in the ever popular 1:1 Clinics; as well as participate in practical master classes.
These will include topics such as
- Positioning your company for SEIS/EIS
- What Business Angels Look for in Your Business
- Financial Readiness
- Intellectual Propert
- Support for Growth Planning
Our Ambition and Growth conference is a great way to market your company to the start-up and high growth business community whether by an exhibition stand or sponsorship.
- Build business to business relationships and opportunities face to face with new and existing clients
- Develop relationships with many new referral partners and contacts
- Publicise your brand to over 300 conference and dinner delegates and reach our extended connections through website promotion, social media, e-alerts and inclusion in the conference website digital brochure
Exhibit for just £600 + VAT which includes space, conference and dinner attendance and marketing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and booking.
A range of sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact email@example.com