Meet Scotland’s 99-ers, the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs
Embracing the 99-er opportunity are two of Scotland’s brightest start-ups. Here they tell us what the future has in store, and how the IoD is helping to play a part in their future business success.
Name: Anna Graziano
Company:Bravety Group Ltd
Elevator Pitch: Anna has a strong pedigree in growing successful FinTech businesses. For some time, she has felt passionately that the finance industry needs to make some adjustments to better serve those who need help the most in saving. The business she is building will innovate to help form new investment habits for those currently disengaged with their finances and unwilling or unable to save.
Reason(s) for joining the IoD: Fantastic location, inspiring office space to work and grow my idea at this early stage, with the added benefit of networking with great people who are helping me along my journey.
Five-year plan in five words: To change the savings culture.
Name: Calum Leslie
Business name: Xcask
Elevator Pitch: It’s the whisky subscription club that delivers a box of single cask Scotch directly to your door, every month. Each box comes with 8 drams where each dram is a sip of history and once gone is never again to be repeated. With over 100 whiskies in our portfolio, we are literally opening the doors to some of the world’s finest distilleries. We are the 21st century whisky club.
Reason(s) for joining the IoD:Networking opportunities with a group of like-minded individuals, availability of workspace for meetings and access to resources that will help us to scale.
Five-year plan in five words:The world’s largest whisky club.
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IoD99 membership is designed to actively support young entrepreneurs who might not have previously held senior roles in companies. 99-ers must be the founder or co-founder of a business, with an annual turnover of less than £3m, established for fewer than five years, and cannot have been an IoD member in the last two years.
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