Start Up to Scale Up

Peter Proud, Founder and CEO, Forrit

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Hear from our board member Peter Proud about his ongoing journey from one man start up to nearly 50 staff. Peter started Forrit as a joint venture with media giant WPP to followed by a management buy out to be stand alone.

Peter is going to share his methodology he calls crawl walk run to build and take to market an enterprise software product.

Forrit has built a PaaS CMS that Peter believes is about to disrupt the world of digital delivery within the enterprise already having Microsoft, Tesco Bank, Lloyds of London and Mediacom as clients.

Peter Proud is the Founder and CEO of Forrit, a former WPP agency that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. The two companies have jointly developed a new cloud-based marketing solution built on Azure, enabling you to quickly build, localise, secure and centrally manage your entire digital real estate. Prior to this, Peter held the role of Managing Director of Strategic Accounts and Partnerships for Accenture Interactive Digital Practice, providing integrated marketing, technology and analytics solutions for the digital world. Before joining Accenture, Peter worked at Microsoft for 14 years managing accounts for some of the world’s leading household names and was integral in the establishment of Microsoft’s ‘One Microsoft’ initiative. A passionate advocate for the digital technologies industry, Peter sits on both the ScotlandIS Board and Edinburgh Napier University’s Graduate Level Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

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Session 4

Ten Traits that Differentiate the most Trusted Advisors

Getting value from data – productionising data science

Innovating with Immigration.


Austen Mulinder

Dr James McMinn

Jamie Kerr



Olivia Gambelin, Joseph Crispell

Kathryn Strachan

Peter Proud

Brian Baglow

Paul Neeson and Andrew Noble


Session 6

A Fyne future for graphical development

Launching terrestrial tech into the space marketplace

Tales from the Crypt(o)

Serverless Architecture


Andrew Williams

Dr David Alexander

Matt Summers

Julian Wood



Closing Keynote

Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President – AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft Corporation 


Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards

The YSE Awards recognise the best undergraduate software projects, drawn from across all students studying computing science and software engineering in Scotland.

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