Fighting Climate Change, Raising £1M+ & backed by Mike Berners-Lee & Brewdog

Apr 29, 2021, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

What links Brewdog, a mid-pandemic £1M+ crowdfund & reducing your carbon footprint? It can only be Pawprint. Join us as we sit down with CEO & Founder Christian Arno as we dive into what it takes to build a £10M+ revenue translation tech business, how to raise a £1M+ crowdfund in 2020 and his latest mission to help consumers and businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

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About this event

"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth, we are all crew." - Marshall McLuhan

Fighting Climate Change, Raising £1M+ & backed by Mike Berners-Lee & Brewdog w/ Christian Arno (Pawprint)

With vaccine roll-outs bringing a healthy dose of optimism, we can start to dream of a post-covid world. But what does that mean for our next challenge, our climate?

We'll be diving into: How to crowdfund £1M+ mid-pandemic, building a £10M+ revenue translation business & what it takes to get the backing of Brewdog and Mike Berners-Lee to help carbon footprint-related behavioural change.

Notepads at the ready, knowledge bombs galore!

Christian Arno (Pawprint)

Christian Arno is the Founder & CEO of Pawprint. Pawprint will be an app-anchored community to help consumers understand and reduce their carbon footprints. It will be personalised, ongoing, social, and will seek to strike the right tone - friendly, informative and inspiring.

Christian also founded Lingo24 and established operations in countries as diverse as Romania, Panama and the Philippine. He drove its growth to revenues in excess of $12m as CEO until 2018. 

His initial goal is to support a million people taking one tonne of CO2 off their annual Pawprints (that’s less than 10% for the average person) while also helping them to achieve other lifestyle goals - for example, saving money, eating more healthily and doing more exercise.

[Host] Dec McLaughlin (SG Scotland/BackHug/DM Nutrition)

Dec McLaughlin is the founder of DM Nutrition, a 'nutritionist in your pocket' that helps entrepreneurs lose up to 10kg, build 3-4kg+ muscle and 1/2 stress levels in as little as 90-days.

He also works in Business Development for BackHug, the world's most personalised back care technology... at home. Their mission is to help bad backs across the globe.

Since then, he has gone on to lead the restart of the Startup Grind Edinburgh chapter after a short period of inactivity. Speakers since 2018 include Gillian Docherty OBE (The Data Lab), Bruce Walker (FutureX) & Marta Krupinska (Head of Google for Startups UK).

Since the success of our 2020 End of Year Social, we wanted to keep things lively and provide a virtual space for connection to catch up with old friends, make new ones and share grand ideas and learnings with each other. With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to use Remo!

Remo is a virtual platform where you can interact face-to-face and move around a ‘room’ to different tables to meet and talk with other people.

We’ve set up to a few themed tables to get the conversation going with ecosystem experts as well as some space to chat at the ‘bar’ and some sofas for one-on-one conversations.

Themed Table Plan

- Money Matters

- Workplace Culture

- Marketing & Messages

- Talent & Team

- Creative Entrepreneurs

- Health & Mindset

- Startup Legals

- Community

- Chat at the bar & jump to a sofa a 1-1

If you’ve not used Remo before here is a quick introduction to the platform (it’s really easy)!

Why attend?

- Share your ambitions for 2021

- Connect with peers in a casual online setting

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Get advice from industry experts

- Have a conversation and some laughs to see in spring 2021 with a smile

- Share an ask or a project you’re excited for with the community

What you need to know!

What: Fighting Climate Change, Raising £1M+ & backed by Mike Berners-Lee & Brewdog w/ Christian Arno (Pawprint)

When: Thurs 29th April

Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm

Where: Remo

Bonus Extras: Partner offers and a chance to win a special prize via our Twitter competition!

Ticket Price: This is to help cover the cost of Remo. The SG Scotland team are fully voluntary and host these events to bring people and ideas together.

Check out what happened


  • Christian Arno


    Founder & CEO



Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM UTC


Welcome & Making Friends
Fireside Chat w/ Christian Arno
Event Wrap-Up


  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland



  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland


  • Nick Murray

    Startup Grind Scotland


  • Caro Melendez

    Head of Operations

  • Emma Loedel

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Director - Startup Grind Glasgow

  • Amy Kelly

    Startup Grind Scotland | AK Marketing

    Head of Marketing

  • Oluwaseun Olabode

    Startup Grind Aberdeen

    Director - Startup Grind Abedeen


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