*Most include pizza.
Sometimes, we really can’t believe how lucky we are to exist in such a thriving business ecosystem. Straddling the blurry boundaries between the creative industries and the booming tech startup world, has been, at times, one of our biggest challenges.
However, we’ve found that the ‘common-ground umbrella’ that ties together much of Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland’s entrepreneurial community, is a desire to contribute positively to the world, and to help each other along the way.
Getting out our diary for this month to do some calendar planning, it struck us that in the space of just four short weeks, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to accessible, inspirational, entrepreneur-focused events!
It is these types of fantastic events which tie us all together: they strengthen that umbrella, and help foster the nurturing community that we’ve all come to depend upon.
So without further ado, here is a selection of our top February events. We’ll see you all there!
‘Adding Social Purpose to your Business’
Creative Entrepreneur’s Club
Mon 10th Feb, 6:30pm
Toads Caravan, Pollockshaws Rd, Glasgow
The one and only Rachael Brown will be talking to us about building social purpose into our businesses and becoming socially responsible, whilst making profit and staying true to the core of what you do.
We became big fans of Rachael after hearing her speak at a FutureX event before Christmas, so we really can’t wait to attend our first ever Creative Entrepreneur’s Club event!
‘On the Road’ – Creative Circles
Tue 18th Feb, 8:30am
The Bookmarket, Waverley Mall
Our dearest friends Creative Edinburgh hold regular morning meets, and they’re always a truly great place to meet other creative entrepreneurs. Meet over a coffee, cake and chat. They’re launching a new spin on their Creative Circle mornings, by taking the event ‘on the road’. First stop, the Bookmarket in Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall.
We do love books – especially really pretty glossy ones with pictures. See you there.
‘Inclusion’ – Edinburgh Meetup
Tue 25th Feb, 5:45pm
CodeBase Edinburgh, Castle Terrace
Our home from home, we truly value the CodeBase community and how they’ve welcomed and supported us! Hearing they’ve got a series of ‘CodeBase Meetups’ planned throughout 2020 was therefore music to our ears.
This February the focus is ‘Inclusion’ – what does it really mean, and how can we all ensure it plays an integral part in building our startups? There is even a panel discussion hosted by one of our creators – the very wonderful Jessica Armstrong! Oh and there is also pizza so we will be there early.
‘Purpose Pays: The New Age of Social Business’
Tue 25th Feb, 6pm
Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
This fantastic community for entrepreneurs has over 250 city chapters globally. Edinburgh’s group has recently found itself a new co-director, in Hidden Trax pal Nick Murray – who’s day job with AAI EmployAbility helped us hire our sadly departed colleague, Kyrstie Brown.
This event has pizza, booze and most importantly a utterly knockout panel including Alan Mahon from Brewgooder and Alison Woods from Lilypads. We are huge admirers of these social enterprises and mission-driven businesses, and are looking forward to an informative discussion around purpose-driven business and starting a social enterprise.
Looks like the team will have to divide and conquer to attend both of these great Edinburgh events!
Wed 26th Feb, 6pm
RTW Studios, Constitution Street, Edinburgh
We have always had a total blast at the FutureX’s socials – and that isn’t because there is a seemingly bottomless supply of (more) pizza and drinks! With insightful panels, great themes and the chance for some valuable networking, these are a must-do in the Hidden Trax calendar.
Speakers this time include Gavin Neate – CEO of Neatebox and Elizabeth Fairley, co-founder of Talking Medicines !! It will be hosted by FutureX co-founder and entrepreneur event wizard, Bruce Walker. We look forward to seeing out another productive month with this Leith event, and hopefully will then soon start to welcome…spring?!
Got any events you think we’ve missed out? Then send us an email or give us a shout out on our socials, so we can give it the spotlight it deserves!