Entrepreneurs congregate for CAN DO Fest

Published: 24 April 2019

This week sees entrepreneurial icons flock to Scotland for the second edition of CAN DO Fest, Scotland’s festival of impactful entrepreneurship.

The event kicks off with EIE 2019 - one of the UK’s leading events for tech entrepreneurs and investors, at the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh on 24 April.

Almost 4,500 entrepreneurial leaders, change makers and innovators are expected to attend the new-look festival to help them spark ideas, collaborate and grow.

Since the Scotland CAN DO approach was launched in 2013, we have seen Scotland rise from the 12th to the 5th most effective environment for business support globally...

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy, and Fair Work, The Scottish Government


Co-ordinated by Entrepreneurial Scotland, the festival is set to deliver a record programme of 31 events right across the country, with a cluster of signature events during April and May.

This year boasts an impressive line-up of world leading entrepreneurs who will be speaking at various events, workshops and masterclasses.

New York serial entrepreneur, David Rose - who is the chief executive of the world’s largest business start-up, Gust - will deliver the keynote speech at the Entrepreneurial Scotland annual summit at Gleneagles on 25 April.

Speaking ahead of the summit, David S. Rose said: “It's a thrill to experience what’s now happening in Scotland’s thriving ecosystem. Scotland is reclaiming its global reputation as a nation of change makers and innovators, and CAN DO Fest showcases the very best of Scotland’s entrepreneurial talent.”

The Scottish Government launched the Scotland CAN DO agenda six years ago to help make Scotland a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.



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