Here’s what’s in store on the Strategy track at Turing Fest…

Turing Fest grew organically out of the booming Scottish startup ecosystem, in response to the clear need for more opportunities for tech entrepreneurs in Scotland and across Europe to connect, share and learn together. With this year’s Strategy track, we’re recommitting ourselves to that mission: we’re designing an agenda that’s focused on giving entrepreneurs and executives the insight they need to grow their businesses.

We’re going to go deep on the practical strategic questions that bedevil founders everywhere: how to identify market opportunities and plot your route to market; how to recruit and retain the right people at the right time; how and when to raise money, and what ‘scaling’ really entails. And to do it, we’re both drawing on the deep experience and expertise in the Scottish tech community, and bringing a global perspective to Scotland.

It’s going to be a brilliant day of keynotes, panels and fireside chats, and an unparalleled opportunity to make some invaluable new contacts. Here’s what awaits you on Wednesday 2 August…

Learn from people building great companies…

We’ve carefully selected a lineup of entrepreneurs and executives with experience at every stage of the startup lifecycle: from seed-stage to exit, and from MVP to mature product with millions of users. This isn’t going to be a sales pitch, and it’s not (just) a pep talk: you’re going to hear seasoned professionals talking candidly about the challenges faced by growing businesses — and sharing critical lessons in overcoming them.

  • Gareth Williams is one of Europe’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. As co-founder and CEO, he’s led Skyscanner from pub brainstorm to more than 50 million MAUs — and a £1.4 billion acquisition.
  • As CEO, John Peebles has turned Administrate into one of Scotland’s fastest-growing tech companies — in the past two years, they’ve more than tripled the size of their team, and opened new offices on two continents. (He was also a hit at Product/People in 2016…)
  • Andy Young is a growth hacker and developer with extensive experience founding, scaling and advising startups. He was CTO and CEO of GroupSpaces, led the UK launch of Stripe and mentored founders as entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups.
  • Supriya Uchil is Chief Product Officer at Rentalcars.com, and previously held various product leadership roles at Amazon. She’s both an engineer and an MBA, and has worked in product, engineering and strategy roles in businesses of all sizes.

… and connect with the people backing them

As well as hearing first-hand stories and lessons from the people building companies, it’s vital to include in the conversation the people who support and enable those companies to grow and scale. That’s why our Strategy lineup also includes a diverse set of investors, advisors and mentors. You’ll get practical advice from people with decades of experience investing in tech businesses, and helping founders grow those businesses.

  • Sitar Teli is co-founder and managing partner at Connect Ventures, a product-focused London venture capital firm that has invested in more than 30 European tech companies since its founding in 2012.
  • Qasar Younis is an entrepreneur and angel investor, and former VC partner and COO of renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator. He was co-founder and CEO of TalkBin, and led the business-facing products team at Google after they acquired TalkBin.
  • Sherry Coutu is a CEO, angel investor and board director. She’s executive chair of Founders4Schools, and serves on the boards of the London Stock Exchange, Zoopla and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
  • Steven Drost is Chief Strategy Officer at CodeBase, one of the UK’s premiere startup incubators. He’s a once-succeeded, once-failed entrepreneur, and a mentor to many Scottish startups.

Bottom line: if you’re building a tech business, you need to be there.

It’s going to be a fascinating day — join us at EICC on Day 1 of Turing Fest, and be part of the conversation.