Startup Summit returns to Edinburgh and secures Barclays as partner

Startup summit organisers Stuart Brown of Barclays, Jamie Grant of Barclays and Bruce Walker, Founder WeAreTheFuture.

From left: Stuart Brown of Barclays, Jamie Grant of Barclays and Bruce Walker, Founder WeAreTheFuture.
Image credit Stewart Attwood


WeAreTheFuture’s Startup Summit is returning to Edinburgh on 1st November 2017 to celebrate Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Inspired by startup events like Berlin’s Tech Open Air, the WeAreTheFuture team say they want to make Edinburgh a “go-to European capital for entrepreneurs”. With over 1000 people expected to attend, this year’s Startup Summit will have a festival-feel, feature three headline stages and boasts Brewdog cofounder James Watt as its headliner.

Partnership with Barclays

Marking its sixth year, the summit has signed exclusive partnerships with Barclays and angel capital association LINC Scotland, which organisers say will help turn Startup Summit into the premier event for startup entrepreneurs across the country.

The sponsorship further demonstrates Barclays’ ongoing commitment to supporting entrepreneurs, following on from the appointment earlier this year of Graham Cambridge as High Growth & Entrepreneurs Manager in Scotland, the provision of practical support of developing and scale-up businesses across the country, and the recently commissioned Next Generation Entrepreneurs Report.

“About time” Scotland gets a startup festival

Acknowledging the partnership Bruce Walker, Founder of WeAreTheFuture, the company that owns Startup Summit said “Every major startup hub on the planet has a startup festival and it’s about time Scotland does as well. We’re excited to sign a major partnership with Barclays and LINC Scotland who are throwing their weight behind the summit and bringing expertise at every stage of growth for entrepreneurs.”

Stuart Brown, Head of SME at Barclays said “Barclays is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, from startup through the often tricky scale-up stage and beyond.  Our dedicated High Growth relationship resource provides on the ground advice and access to a range of specialised services including lending.

“The Startup Summit offers invaluable insight and connections and should be a prerequisite for any entrepreneur on the first stage of their journey. Scotland has a long history of innovation and Barclays is backing Scotland’s entrepreneurs to continue this world-beating legacy.”

David Graeme, Executive Director at LINC Scotland said “The angel community is a key building block in Scotland’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and we’re excited to get behind the Startup Summit, which gives entrepreneurs access to many of the resources they need to succeed.”

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