Ambition & Growth’ 2017 will inspire, motivate and inform. As a growth aspirational entrepreneur, new 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.
We will bring together Scottish entrepreneurs and both new and existing angel investors for an exciting event and are delighted to welcome Gwen Edwards, an influential key player from Silicon Valley as our lead keynote speaker.
Taking place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh on the 9th March 2017 attendees will also be invited to ‘The Night Before’ pre-conference meet-up, an opportunity to meet the speakers and other delegates over drink in a relaxed environment in the centre of Edinburgh.
Who should attend?
The ‘Ambition and 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 hear from and meet with Scotland’s ambitious and aspiring businesses, 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, master classes, 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’.
Just some of the inspiring leaders you will hear from include: Gwen C. Edwards , Silicon Valley angel and Co Leader of Golden Seeds San Francisco; Ros Taylor, leading UK and international psychologist; Leah Hutcheon, tech entrepreneur and last year’s AccelerateHER winner; as well as other innovative sessions to be announced shortly.
The Awards Dinner is a celebration of Scotland’s top female-led companies and will see the live announcement and presentation of the AccelerateHER winners. Winners of the Growth Award will be joining a high level trade mission to California in April 2017 where they will be showcased to top international financiers, key business contacts and participate in an inspiring schedule of key visits.
Besides the excitement of the Awards, participants will also hear the inspirational Kate Adie and enjoy a wonderful dinner and pre-dinner drinks reception at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
The ‘Ambition & Growth’ Conference has a ‘stellar’ line up of keynote speakers, master classes, practical master classes and 1:1 clinics.
Conference Keynote Speakers and Masterclass
Further speakers to be announced so please keep checking here for updates.
Gwen C. Edwards brings over 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors. From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to Venture Capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor, she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture backed companies assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables.
Gwen is known for her customer advocacy efforts -whether to obtain input early in the technology development process, to lead stellar sales efforts, or to build the strong linkages between stakeholders and strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ranks in 2000, Gwen was President of Pacific Bell Network Integration and Business Internet Services, a $400M high growth business unit of SBC Communications (now AT&T), which she grew from a $50 Million business to $400M in less than 24 months, delivering enterprise wide customer networks, with a focus on Internet and electronic commerce based solutions. She also established and grew to a $200M dollar business, a vertical market group for Pacific Bell focused on the health care and biotech markets, building on the success of new programs she previously launched for Pacific Bell’s National Accounts organization.
Gwen’s early career affinity for innovation at SRI caused her to quickly pursue a complementary background in business, recognizing her passion for commercializing innovation and going beyond applied research. She joined Bell Canada, in Montreal, for international experience, and soon was responsible for the development and launch of a major content infrastructure project nationally and internationally (iNet). She returned to the United States with Nortel Networks, and became Vice President of Sales for their largest unit. She has led business development and sales efforts for major firms and has experience that includes marketing, sales, general management, and entrepreneurial leadership, basic research and product development.
She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA degree in Communications from California State University, and a BA from the University of California (National Scholastic Award Scholarship).
Gwen currently serves on the advisory board of Astia, an organization dedicated to the success of women entrepreneurs, as well as co-leads Golden Seeds San Francisco, an angel investment network. She also serves on the board of the National Health Foundation.
Leah Hutcheon is the founder and CEO of Appointedd, an award-winning company revolutionising the way businesses schedule appointments. From contact centres to serviced offices, independent businesses to large corporations, Appointedd enables online booking on any device in any timezone. Appointedd offers CRM, marketing and business management tools, and fits seamlessly with 25+ two-way integrations. Appointedd has launched the world’s first truly multi-timezone online booking system, enabling people to take bookings across different timezones seamlessly.
Appointedd was featured in BBC documentary, The Entrepreneurs. Leah is an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland and a proud winner of the AccelerateHER and ScotEDGE Awards.
Ros Taylor is a leading UK and international clinical psychologist, corporate and leadership coach, businesswoman, author, TV and radio presenter and commentator.
Featuring regularly in the national press in her capacity as a psychologist and advisor (BBC, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Scotland, Scottish Television, GMTV, LWT, ITN News, Sky News, Channel 4 and E4), Ros has been named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the top 10 coaches in Britain.
Extensive research which included interviews with 80 of the FTSE 200’s top CEOs and her own business acumen means Ros is uniquely placed to identify areas for improvement and implement practical and transforming solutions that really work for people and organisations.
No stranger to broadcast media, Ros was a presenter for five years on a nightly television news programme. She has written seven books, one of which provided the basis for BBC2’s six-part documentary ‘Confidence Lab’ presented by Ros. The book, Confidence in Just Seven Days (Vermillion 2001), topped Amazon’s bestseller list. She was also the psychology consultant in the early days of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4.
Ros has written the following books:
- Fast Track to the Top, a book about success and how to achieve it (Kogan Page 2002)
- The Ultimate Book of Confidence Tricks (Vermillion 2003) which has been translated into 9 languages
- Transform Yourself – updated and recently re-launched as The Complete Mind Makeover (Kogan Page 2005)
- Developing Confidence – part of Penguin’s Work/Life series
- Confidence at Work (Kogan Page 2013)
- Creativity at Work (Kogan Page 2013)
- Willpower (Wiley 2017)
Ros travels the world developing the leadership potential of employees through her Just Leadership® Programme. A creative academic, Ros is a chartered clinical psychologist, coach, trainer and regular speaker on the conference circuit. She has presented in the USA, Europe and China and completed a lecture tour in Japan.
In 2009 she launched Corporate Coach International® an accredited coaching school for those who want to become executive coaches.
Ros is a visiting professor at Strathclyde Business School focusing on leadership and runs her own successful leadership and coaching business, the Ros Taylor Company. She is also a non- executive director for the National Theatre for Scotland.
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 on the conference website digital brochure
- Marketing opportunities with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
We have 20 plus exhibition stands available located in the Sheraton’s Atrium, a high quality space where all delegates will flow throughout the day and early evening. The space offers easy access for setting up, WiFi access and power supply. The tables are included as part of the package.
- Conference stand – £500 + VAT
- Special rate available for all past and current AccelerateHER entrants. Please email Emma via email@example.com
- All exhibitors will be given a ticket to attend the conference
- Maximum 2 people per stand
Exhibition space is allocated on a ´first-come, first-served´ basis and demand for space is already strong. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss options and availability, by getting in touch with Emma via Emma via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Marketing Opportunities
- Place one piece of marketing literature in to the Conference Bags for only £25 + VAT
- Advertise in the digital conference brochure which will be available online. Full page only £125 + VAT
- Sponsor the conference bags only £495 + VAT. (Maximum of two sponsors)
- Sponsor the drinks for £2500 + VAT, this includes a table of 10 at the dinner, announcement as sponsor at the drinks reception, full page advert in the digital brochure and company logo on conference website.
- Other sponsorship opportunities may be available. Please enquire for more details.