The conference featured local as well as international speakers and sparked thought provoking debate across all the participants. Wendy Wu, Incubator Manager at Craiglockhart, was invited to chair two panel discussions that took part in the afternoon of the first day of the conference.
The topic of the panels was funding social enterprise and delegates had the opportunity to listen to both sides of this industry. The first panel discussion featured members of investing bodies whose main target is the social enterprise sector, whilst the second panel discussion was social entrepreneurs talking about their experience in the sector and sharing challenges they came across throughout their journeys.
Other speakers featured were:
Panel One – Social Funders
Reverend Iain May, Chair, Castle Community Bank Edinburgh
Ali Akbar Mohammed, Co-founder, Ansar Finance, Manchester
Kieran Daly, Scotland Manager, Big Issue Invest
Panel Two – Social Enterprise
Jonny Kinross CEO of Grassmarket Community Project
Colin Campbell Founder and CEO Assist Social Capital
Chris Martin CEO Social Enterprise Scotland
Zakia Moulaoui Founder of Invisible Cities
Ian Marr Chief Executive The Growth Partnership