How To Turn Your Idea Into A Business: To-dos And No-Nos When Starting Your Venture

Wednesday, November 28th 2018

George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX

16:30 – 20:00 (GMT)

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You have an idea but don't know where to start? In this event you will learn about the first steps of entrepreneurship. Join us on Wednesday 28th November at David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre B (George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX) to find out. 

Ross McLennan, enthusiastic Business Adviser at Edinburgh Innovations will talk about where to get help to start running your start-up, how to attract your initial funding, how to develop your own brand and how to build a strong team! Michael McDonald, co-founder of Casta Spes Technologies will also join us on the day.

Feel free to bring your own questions too: you will have the opportunity to ask the speakers directly in the roundtable and raise any concerns you would like to discuss. 

Tickets are free and include drinks and a conclusive networking reception.

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4:30 - 5:15pm


5:15 - 5:30pm

Introduction to Innovation Forum delivered by Ana Isabel Rodriguez, president of Innovation Forum Edinburgh

5:30 - 5:45pm

Seminar delivered by Ross McLennan, business advisor at Edinburgh Innovations

5:45 - 6:00pm

Seminar delivered by Michael McDonald, co-founder of Casta Spes Technologies

6:00 - 6:45pm

Panel Discussion and Q&As

6:45 - 6:50pm


6:50 - 8:00pm



Ana studied Biotechnology at the University Pablo de Olavide, Seville. As an undergraduate student, she joined the Genetics department at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology and did an internship at the King’s College London.

During her university years, Ana also worked as Function Director and Business Opportunities Manager in a bioinformatics start-up, HEBRA, focused on developing tools for researchers. Thanks to this entrepreneurship experience, she started to get interested in learning how to turn an innovative idea into an actual business.

Ana is now doing a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, where she also got involved in some public engagement projects to improve her communications skills. Recently, she joined the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK as Secretary of the Scotland Constituency, where she gained some experience on events organization and business development.

From the garage of my grandfather to InnSpace at Edinburgh Uni and now finally the high tech CST research facility (my bedroom) I have always spent my free time fixing and inventing. This passion for making things move and talk to my computer has led me down to develop Mantis, our new all-terrain security robot.

Our unique ground-based vehicle provides clean, stabilised footage at ground level, and can work in hazardous environments or previously difficult terrains to provide high-quality, 360-degree footage and leaving nowhere unwatched.

Enthusiastic business adviser focused on supporting entrepreneurs, start ups and innovative, early-stage SMEs, particularly those developing new products or services in technology, wellness, health, independent living and sport.


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