Want to find a Co-Founder, Angel Investor, Mentor or just hang out with like-minded Entrepreneurs?

Then come along for an exciting and dynamic entrepreneurial event with Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur Dr Colin Mackenzie at 6:30pm on Tuesday 14th January 2020 in in The Wash Bar, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP.



Image of Dr Michael Mackenzie guest speaker at the League of Entrepreneurs on the 14th January 2020


Here is a teaser interview we recorded recently to give you an idea of Colin’s experience and what he looks for in an Entrepreneur.



NOTE: Please join our local meetup group of nearly 800 Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors https://www.meetup.com/League-of-Entrepreneurs-Edinburgh



  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurial students
  • Founders who want to find a CoFounder
  • Entrepreneurs who want to raise investment
  • Angel Investors who want to find startups to support


  • Share startup war stories
  • Gain information on funding opportunities
  • Discover ways to increase your chances of success


  1. Practice your pitch in a safe environment and get positive feedback before you have your one big chance to impress.
  2. Tell the group what your idea is and ask for help in finding cofounders, funding or support.
  3. Ask a tough question you would like the Entrepreneurs, Advisers and Investors in the room to solve for you.



18:30 Check-In and Networking

19:00 Fireside chat and discussion with Dr Colin Mackenzie

19:30 ‘Get Up And Pitch’ for CoFounders, Advice or Funding

20:00 Meetup Melee (talk to potential cofounders, advisors, investors and people you can help)

21:30 End of Meetup



Colin started his 40-year long Entrepreneurial career when he orchestrated a management buy-out of the company he worked for – HiFi Corner after his 21st birthday and is often called up by the BBC to feature as an expert in business news stories .

Colin holds a professional doctorate (DBA) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. He teaches leadership and change management on Edinburgh Napier University’s successful KPMG CIPD MSc in Human Resources.

Colin is a member of the Par Equity one of Scotland’s owner managed VC Funds, chairs a successful independent retailer and has operated at Board level on a number of companies (including a PLC) and is also currently a high growth business consultant.

He has also recently supported number of SMEs developing their leadership and communication and strategic leadership coaching as well as introducing Appreciative Inquiry to a regional authority in Yorkshire.

Previously Colin has been an adviser to BBC Scotland’s Children in Need Charity. He was awarded the ‘Action for Children’ charity ‘Stevenson Award’ for fund-raising event development.



Are you bootstrapping or working on a startup that you want to launch or grow in 2020? Then register your interest in the £1,000 Startup Race that starts on the 15th January 2020 here https://thestartuprace.com/

The £1,000 Startup Race is a competition with a difference – no pitching or business plan required; all you have to do is sell more of your product or service to your customers than the other competitors to win the £1,000 cash prize, gain the interest of Angel Investors and benefit from free publicity.



Even if you don’t win, the process will help you prove people want to buy what you have to offer, help you start generating revenue and increase the value of your startup.

Only the top 10% of competitors will be made public, so if you want to benefit from the process to grow your business rather than compete against the others, then you should still register your interest so you can take part for free here https://thestartuprace.com/


Check out our most recent Fireside Chats here:


Serial Entrepreneur James Varga on the 5th November 2019


Kirsty Mackenzie, CEO and Founder of iMultiply on 8th October 2019


Entrepreneur and Angel Investor Jim Laidlaw 2 July 2019


Entrepreneur Gavin Neate 4 June 2019



We’ll be in the first floor of The Wash Bar


The Address is the Wash Bar , 11-13 North Bank Street , Edinburgh , EH1 2LP , United Kingdom


About the organisers of The League of Entrepreneurs Edinburgh

The League of Entrepreneurs Edinburgh was Founded in April 2015 by James Shoemark and Michael Clouser who are CoFounders and Directors at The Startup Race

James Shoemark is a has his finger on the pulse of the Startup Community, is a super connector, and also runs the Angel Investor Meetup in Scotland which educates and inspires High Net Worth Individuals to become Angel Investors.


James Shoemark CEO at The Startup Race

Michael Clouser is a CoFounder and CSO at The Startup Race and Serial Entrepreneur as well. A former venture capitalist in the US, Mike was also with the Edinburgh-Stanford Link and co-founded the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club). He also organized and coordinated the Scotland-Silicon Valley Link.Photo of CoFounder and CSO Mike Clouser


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