Raising a £1.2M Crowdfund & Doubling Sales/Distribution in 2020 with Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (ACTiPH)

Jan 28, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

What links a 5,000 mile row from Australia to Africa, alkaline ionised water and a £1.2M mid-pandemic crowdfund? Discover all as we sit down with 7x Guinness World Record holder Jamie Douglas-Hamilton for a deep 'dive' into the inspiring story behind rapid growing ACTiPH! Plus! We're back on Remo! This is your one-stop shop for all your virtual social needs.

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About this event

"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions." - Michael Jordan

Raising a £1.2M Crowdfund & Doubling Sales/Distribution in 2020 with 7x Guinness World Record Holder Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (ACTiPH)

As we dive head first into a tsunami of Teams notifications, LinkedIn requests and 'New Year New Me' mantras, we're here to steady the ship with another action-packed Remo event.

We'll be dipping into: how to raise a £1.2M crowdfund mid-pandemic, what it takes to sustain 300% year on year growth & why pH 9+ ionised water could be your next secret to maintaining an active, balanced lifestyle.

Wether you're drinking like a fish or sticking to a dryer January, pour a glass of your favourite tipple and let's toast to a calmer, brighter 2021!

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (ACTiPH)

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton is the founder and Director of ACTiPH, the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water brand. Jamie discovered the benefits of alkaline water out of necessity during a 5,000-mile row from Australia to Africa; realising that freshwater mixed with seawater was more hydrating than freshwater alone, instantly increasing power, energy levels and reducing hallucinations. 

This revelation helped the team break two Guinness World Records and was the inspiration behind ACTiPH.

ACTiPH operates in the same space as Coca-Cola, Nestle and Danone; firms with between £20-100bn turn over. With water increasingly becoming commoditised, they are working hard to change perspectives and educate people about the importance of hydration. 

Everything they do with ACTiPH 'communicates' and that’s why they have invested effort into making custom made moulds, custom made caps, and more recently, ensuring all of their packaging is 100% recyclable and BPA free.

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

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. Dec discovered the power of science-backed nutrition micro-habits during his Medicinal Chemistry masters degree where he helped friends and relatives lose up to 20kg without hours of meal prep or exercise.

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).

His passion for wellbeing and tech has also lead him into his current role of business development & marketing at BackHug, a smart back therapy device that alleviates back aches and pains, at home. He supports the commercialisation of this innovative technology, with the ultimate goal of providing relief for bad backs, anytime, anywhere.

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 2021 with a smile

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

What you need to know!

What: Raising a £1.2M Crowdfund & Doubling Sales/Distribution in 2020 with Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (ACTiPH)

When: Thurs 28th January 2021

Time: 6.30-8.00pm

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


  • Jamie Douglas-Hamilton


    Founder & Director



Thursday, January 28, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


Welcome & Making Friends
Fireside Chat w/ Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (ACTIPH)
Event Wrap-Up & Making More Friends


  • 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

  • Alexandra Lloyd

    Startup Grind Scotland

    Edinburgh Events Team


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