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BrewDog’s James Watt Confirmed to Headline at Startup Summit 2020

Ross Kelly


Startup Summit 2020

Startup Summit 2020 boasts a fantastic speaker line-up, with figures from GoDaddy, BrewDog, Twitter and Microsoft for Startups.

James Watt, the co-founder of multinational craft brewery and pub chain, BrewDog, has been announced as the headline speaker at Startup Summit 2020.

The BrewDog co-founder’s appearance at the Summit will include an exclusive interview session with Scottish business veteran Sir Tom Hunter.

Amali de Alwis, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups, has also been announced as a speaker at the 2020 Summit, joining a stellar line-up which already features experts from organisations including Twitter, GoDaddy and 1Password.

Commenting on the announcement, Watt said: “At BrewDog, we are fiercely independent and have always strived to build a completely new type of business.

“Our approach has been non-conformative and anti-authoritarian from the start and I look forward to discussing this as part of SUS20.”

Watt added: “I have long admired Sir Tom as a businessman and philanthropist, we share the same view that business should be a force for good so I am looking forward to discussing what startups can do to make a positive impact on our planet together.”

Sir Tom Hunter commented: “Startup Summit is a fantastic learning opportunity at a time when we really need to drive new businesses forward; our economy will sink or swim dependent on our ability to drive growth by fostering more startups and scaleups.

“James Watt typifies the brilliant nature of entrepreneurs who always pivot; jump over hurdles and grow massively whilst caring for their people and our planet. His chat will be, as ever, inspirational.”

Set to take place on the 28th and 29th October, Startup Summit is Scotland’s leading entrepreneurship event, bringing together delegates from Scotland and further afield to hear from leading figures in the business world.

Startup Summit 2020 is being held online this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic. However, despite the disruption, the Summit organisers expect to attract more than 1,000 delegates across the two days.


Bruce Walker, Co-founder of FutureX, said: “It’s critical that we support new businesses more than ever this year! Startup Summit 2020 is bringing together the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs to inspire, educate and support the next generation of startups.

“The online event enables startups, SMEs and high growth founders to get access to the tools, resources and a community of support that they need.”

Startup Summit will take place online on October 28th and 29th 2020. Tickets are available now at

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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