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Festival celebrates business start-ups

BrewDog co-founder James Watt will headline a festival of free events celebrating entrepreneurship.

The businessman, who is one half of the fast-growing Scottish craft beer company, will deliver a talk at the University Business School on 2 March.

The lecture is one of many events programmed to mark the tenth anniversary of the Business School's start-up network, the E Club,

E Club Start-up Festival

Wednesday, 2 March

Visit the E Club website for details on all events.

E Club Start-up Festival

Packed programme

The E Club Start-up Festival programme features panel talks, a speed-networking breakfast and two pitching competitions sponsored by Grant Property and Santander, with a combined prize fund of £8,000.

E Club success stories, entrepreneurial alumni, students and local businesses will set up shop in the school, to offer attractions such as manicures and laptop laser-etching.

Elsewhere, social enterprises Punjabi Junction and Kilted Lobster will host The Big Social Lunch, an informal gathering of food and talks, with a lunch provided by Social Bite.

E Club Awards

The festival also features the E Club awards, recognising outstanding achievement in the Edinburgh business community, presented by the Financial Times’ Jonathan Moules.

Supporting start-ups

Since 2006 the 2,500 member-strong E Club has helped create more than 50 successful start-ups and has inspired many more.

The Festival day will come to a close with an evening event.

Entrepreneurs will swap war stories and share what they’ve learned from failing in business.