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Start-up festival

The Business School has announced a packed programme of free events to celebrate entrepreneurship.

On 2 March, it will host a day-long festival to mark the 10th anniversary of its start-up network, the E Club.

The event will include talks from Brewdog ‘Captain’ James Watt and Gav Dutch, founder of Edinburgh tech-success Kotikan.

Day-long festival

E Club Start-up Festival launch

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 everything from manicures to laptop laser-etching.

Meanwhile, 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.

The day will come to a close with entrepreneurs swapping war stories and sharing what they’ve learned from failing in business at F**k up Night - a celebrated global format of late night talks.

Start-up success

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

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

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