POY News | September 2016


Thank you September,

This month has been busy and wonderful. It has been such a pleasure to meet so many new face and to see some of you again.

Keep on inspiring us you wonderful people. Love, Team POY Some highlights of this month include:
  • The Greece Retreat in all its sunny entirity
  • Leah taking over the world
  • The Hydro Nations Water Summit

POY News

Earlier this month we hosted the Greece Retreat starting in Athens and heading to the beautiful Candili estate on the Island of Euboea. It was a really special cohort and we discussed everything from spiral dynamics to deep listening. Check out some more pictures from the event here.
Last week felt like a turning point in our work, we ran the the Hyro-Nations Entrepreneur Summit in Scotland. It was the first event of its kind that we have hosted, taking everything we’ve learnt, with the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We designed a sector specific event bringing together Global Water Entrepreneurs and Industry experts. We were blown away by the innovation and ideas that came from the event and are incredibly excited about the future of this project. Thank you to everyone who participated. Find out about the next event here.
We would like to express our deep appreciation and a sad farewell to the team at Harburn House as we ran our final event there before it becomes a family home. It has been such a pleasure to work with you, and thanks for all the good times.
Thank you to everyone who made to and co-hosted the Fresh Start event in Glasgow on the 21st of September. It was fantastic to meet so many of you at the beginning of your startup journeys.

Community News 

We are delighted to share that Leah Hutcheon from has secured a deal with a California based company to make her business Appointedd go global – read more about Leah taking over the word here
Some fantastic faces have been featured in the SBNN 40 under 40 list. Huge shout out to Sam Trett, Leah Hutcheon, Andrew Dobbie and Bruce Walker for making it onto this list.
The amazing Jude Ower from Playmob spoke about business for good and technology at the Royal Geographical Society earlier this month.

Upcoming Opportunities

Yay, an exiciting opportunity to get the POY gang together organised by the wonderful Katrina Mather and Lewis Phillips is happening tonight. We’d love to see as many as you there as possible.
We are heading to Pakistan in November and we just can’t wait – this is such a unique location and we cannot wait to meet the entprenerurs there and see Lahore’s thriving ecosystem. Applications are still open – apply here.

It’s not too late to apply for the Social Innovation competition for the opportunity to win £5,000 and tailored business support. Applications close on 10 October – you’d be mad not to apply.


For all you crazy out of the box thinkers, here are the foundations of Design Thinking something that we have been speaking more and more about here at POY HQ. It’s a pretty broad subject, but for somewhere to start check out this article.
See you soon, Team POY
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