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Immersive international ​experiences fuelling ​entrepreneurial ecosystem ​development for Scotland

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We are experts in creating global opportunities for startup ​leaders, investors, buyers, partners and ecosystem builders ​through immersive international experiences, while forging ​meaningful global collaborations.


Our core activities involve running cohort excursions ​worldwide, centred around fostering peer connectivity, ​nurturing business partnerships, and facilitating investment ​opportunities.


We work in collaboration with ecosystem partners to ​showcase Scotland’s innovation, startups/scaleups, what we ​have to offer to the world as well as our well-renowned ​hospitality globally, and extending an open invitation to the ​world to set up their businesses and invest in Scotland

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Encourage Peer ​Connectivity



between startup ​founders/leaders and ​creating meaningful ​collaborations

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International ​Ecosystem immersion



taking people out of ​their comfort zones ​and silos encouraging ​mindset expansion ​and global business ​aspirations

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Showcase Scottish ​innovation globally



working together ​with ecosystem ​partners to helping ​reshape the national ​narrative

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Encourage inward ​investment



through best-practice ​fundraising tips and ​investor showcase ​events in ​international markets

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International Cohort ​Programmes

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Austin

Mar 2024

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Foras

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to go forth, outside, to look outwards, to meet, ​to open a forum for discussion, ‘for us

Techscaler Launch

Investment to create cutting-edge network for start-ups

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With the team at StartupGrind Scotland, we ​launched the Scottish Government’s £42 million ​contract awarded to Edinburgh-based company, ​Codebase, to establish seven tech scaler hubs ​across Scotland.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced this ​contract during the event, at the Barclays ​Campus in Glasgow. This is the largest ​investment by the Scottish Government into ​Scotland’s potential as an entrepreneurial nation.

Foras Alumni

Silicon Valley & San Francisco

StartupGrind Global Conference 2022

Alexander Macdonald

Hindsight

Allan Cannon

Krucial

Beena Sharma

CCU International

Ben Henderson-Palmer

Robotical

Chris Hughes

PresentPal

John Peebles

Administrate

Claudia Freigang

Hearing Diagnostics

Kevin Orr

Liftango

Colin Hewitt

Float

Lee Anderson

Coastr

Elena Höge

Yaldi Games

Hamish Geddes

Lenz Labs

Hannah Mercer

DragonflAI

Jodie Sinclair

Theo Health

Roy Hotrabhvanon

PlayerData

Sheila Hogan

Biscuit Tin

Thomas Gillan

BR-DGE

Tynah Matembe

MoneyMatix

Tzaritsa Asante

TZAR!

Wendy Lamin

Holoxica

Helsinki

SLUSH 2022

Alex Lu

PortF

Cally Russell

Unfolded

Christian Arno

Pawprint

Janani Prabhakaran

Unbaggaged

Dagmara Aldridge

Zumo

Pooja Katara

SENSEcity

Ross Toomer

Care Reality

Victoria Fullarton

Toto Sleep

Duncan Di Biase

Brillband

New York City

Tartan Week NYC 2023

Chris Downie

Pasabi

Dr Dave Hughes ​Novosound

Ian Mackenzie

Trojan Energy

Ian Kerr

Raven Controls

Ishani Malhotra ​Carcinotech

Jude Cook

Sharein

Dr Kate Cameron

Cytochroma

Laura Garcia Caberol

Touchlab

Leah Hutcheon

Appointedd

Michael Cockburn ​Desana

Monica Camino Moreno

Dialexy

Paul Mooney ​NCTech

Dr Rotimi Alabi

RAB Microfluidics

Rowan Armstrong

Bioliberty

Lisbon

WebSummit 2023

Anne Marie Alexander

Within Eve

Dr Damla Khan

Selfily

Ash Penley

ZOEX

Danae Shell

Valla

Asha Anderson

DragonflAI

Elaine Ford

Electrek Explorer

Barry Leaper

LiberEat

Hamish Livingston

Willo

Beena Sharma

CCU International

Hilde Frydnes

Together

Cara Bielecki

PresentPal

Jo Halliday

Talking Medicines

Charlie Winton

OK Positive

Karen Robinson

Three Robins

Lisa Venter

Snappy Shopper

Matthew Freer

Infix Support

Mo Khan

Lokali.Shop

Natalya Ratner

Robotical

Nicholas Guy

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Nikki Gibson

SWURF

Rachael Brown

Creative Entrepreneurs ​Club

Rachel Jones

SnapDragon

Sarah Morgan

Nano-Lit Technologies

Sean Walker

Bondd

Stephen Elliot

NeuroBright

Wes Beard

konversible

Yemi Scott

XRology

Austin, Texas

SxSW 2024

Aldin Wilson

Trapar

Don Smith

1nhaler

Ana Betancourt

Black Goblin

Hamish Geddes

Lenz Labs

Anne Lanc

Ionburst

Camila Jimenez Pol

Konpanion

Colin Gray

Alitu

Damien Roux

Drimify

Janis Roddie

Everyday People

Jennifer McLean

Raven Controls

Joe Gibson

Gibson Robotics

Mathew Norbury

FC Labs

Daniel Marrable

Forumm

Sheena Johnstone

Nursery Story

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Let’s work ​together!

If you have an international ​project and need a passionate and ​experienced team to lead on the ​planning and delivery, talk to our ​team today.


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Foras Team

Nick Murray

8 years of experience in business support and within tech startups. He has been Co-​Director of Startup Grind Scotland for 3 years, managing programmes and hosting ​events and panels internationally. He was identified as an "Unsung Hero" in the 2022 ​Scottish Founders Survey and until March 2023 was the Ecosystem Manager with ​Barclays Eagle Labs, advising and connecting startups and services across Scotland's ​Central Belt.

Caro Melendez

16 years of experience in operations, people, leadership development, and events. A ​tech-for-good advocate, she builds communities and promotes diversity, equity and ​inclusion. She is an entrepreneur and worked at C-suite in the private sector. Caro is a ​proud neurodivergent woman and has been pivotal in the growth of Startup Grind ​Scotland as Head of Operations. She volunteers at CodeYourFuture and, as Nick has ​been recognised as "Unsung Hero" in the 2023 Scottish Founders Survey.

Dec McLaughlin

6 years of experience in Sales & Marketing for Scotland-based tech startups ​BackHug and Frog Systems as well as London-based MedTech Scale-Up Patchwork ​Health. During his time as the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Scotland, he grew ​the chapter to 6,000+ members and hosted some of Scotland’s top founders from ​Ooni's Darina Garland to Current Health CEO Chris McCann. He is also the founder of ​Auzi, the world’s most fashionable hearing aids.

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