Surviving x Thriving: Startup Wellbeing Showcase & Mixer

May 29, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

CodeBase, 37a Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

In the fast-paced world of startups, self care is so easily left by the wayside. We're here to shine the light on YOUR wellbeing and give you the tools, tricks, and advice to take care of your energy, mindset, and longevity. We'll be welcoming a wide range of wellbeing-focused experts and offerings to help you keep your wellbeing in check.

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About this event

Surviving x Thriving: Startup Wellbeing Showcase & Mixer


Whether you're a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, freelancer, or juggling multiple roles alongside a full-time job, finding balance can be tough. How do we manage the demands, avoid burnout, and combat feelings of isolation?

At Startup Grind Scotland, we've been fostering connections and supporting the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem since 2014. We've hosted countless events featuring inspiring speakers and startups, providing invaluable insights and fostering connections within our community.

We understand the importance of mental well-being, especially in the startup world, where founders often face overwhelming pressures. In fact, a staggering 49% of founders have considered quitting their startups this year due to feeling overworked and exhausted.

Join us for an engaging event with candid conversations about self-care, managing well-being in business, and preventing burnout. Plus, enjoy healthy food and non-alcoholic drink options from Jump Ship Brewing (Scotland's first and only dedicated alcohol-free brewery) and Savyll Beverage Company as we promote a holistic approach to entrepreneurship!

Don't miss your chance to be part of this event—reserve your spot now and join us!

📅 Date: Wed 29th May

🕔 Time: 17:30 - 20:00

📍 Location: CodeBase Edinburgh

Event Highlights:

🔥 Panel Discussion:

Join us for an honest discussion on the mental health challenges entrepreneurs encounter. Hear from fellow entrepreneurs and experts who, like you, are learning to prioritise self-care. Our panel, alongside well-being and mental health experts, will share insights on fostering resilience amidst the entrepreneurial journey. Discover sustainable wellness practices, work-life balance strategies, and ways to encourage workplace wellness.

🧘🏻‍♂️ Breathing Workshop

This session introduces the power of breath control - reducing stress helps us to not burnout!

🌱 Wellbeing Showcase

Meet some of Scotland's top wellness products and experts who will be across the room as well as presenting a rapid-fire 'pitch' on stage.

🥙 Nourishing Food & Drinks

This will also be an alcohol-free event, offering delicious non-alcoholic products, including beers from Edinburgh-based Jump Ship Brewing and delicious non-alcoholic cocktails from Savyll Beverage Company. A mix of healthy drinks and snacks will be served throughout the evening.

🤝 Ecosystem Mixer

Let's get vulnerable together. Network with founders who actually get it, investors interested in founder wellbeing, and an ecosystem striving for change.

We are limited to 75 people in the room, so save your spot now, share with a friend, and get ready to put your wellbeing first.

🗣 Speakers ++ more to be announced 

Rebecca McIntyre-Smith, Managing Director at Primate and host of the 'About This Storm' podcast

Rebecca McIntyre-Smith is the Managing Partner of Primate Digital Agency and host of the podcast 'About This Storm'. She advocates for open dialogue around mental health in the workplace. Facing significant personal and professional challenges, including three cancer diagnoses between herself and her husband, Rebecca has developed a unique perspective on running a successful yet compassionate business. Her approach reflects her commitment to creating a positive, inclusive work environment that plans for and supports employees through life's unexpected difficulties. Through her podcast, Rebecca also engages with fellow founders, who have led businesses while surviving life's most difficult trials. However, rather than dwelling on doom and gloom, About This Storm focuses on how to persevere and make it through to the other side.

Matthew Cameron, CEO + Founder of TMC Consulting

Matt Cameron is not your typical workplace consultant. His journey from a disillusioned employee who fell through the cracks to a renowned expert in workplace culture and employee retention sets him apart. Drawing from his own journey through mental health challenges and the pitfalls of toxic work environments, Matt has a deep and unique understanding of the challenges faced by employees and employers alike. He brings a refreshing blend of personal insights & professional knowledge to the table, making him the go-to individual for crafting effective people strategies that foster happiness & productivity in organisations. But what truly distinguishes Matt is his personal mission – to revolutionise how we view leadership and culture's role in workplace well-being. 

Nick Ward, CEO of Change Mental Health

Nick is the chief executive of Change Mental Health, a national mental health charity supporting 8000 people a year across Scotland. He is on the board of Mental Health UK, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland’s advisory board. Nick’s background began in education as a teacher working in disadvantaged schools in South and East London before becoming the North London Director for Teach First, responsible for the training and development of over 300 teachers a year. He was also a local authority Councillor, representing the area of Tufnell Park in Islington. After his return to Scotland he founded the Education Fellowship Scotland providing high quality professional development to teachers before becoming the Director of the National Autistic Society of Scotland. Nick is a keen runner, history nerd, tech dweeb, proud uncle and lives in Edinburgh.

Sonja Montague MacKay, Founder of  The More Human Company

Sonja is the founder of The More Human Company (TMHC) and The Wild Orange School of Wellbeing. A former executive who has worked across three continents in international economic development, Sonja launched TMHC to support people to increase their personal wellbeing and become more human leaders.

She is a positive psychology coach, emotional culture deck certified facilitator, yoga, meditation and breathwork teacher. She uses her business background as well as recent discoveries in neuroscience to create unique programs and coaching with practical tools and techniques.


1. Welcome and Networking - Meet like-minded people and get to know more about the Edinburgh wellness community 

2. Let's Get Talking - Panel Session & mini breathing workshop

3. More networking where attendees talk to each other freely over some drinks and food. There's no Startup Grind event where you don't leave with new friends and exciting connections

Why attend?

- Put your wellbeing first & learn top tricks, tips, and more

- Hear from some of Scotland's top operators and wellness experts

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Free non-alcoholic drinks and delicious, healthy food

- Share an ask with the community

What you need to know:

What: Surviving x Thriving: Startup Wellbeing Showcase & Mixer

When: Wed 29th May 2024

Time: 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Where: CodeBase Edinburgh, 37a Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL

Bonus Extras: Free Healthy Food, Non-alcoholic Drinks & More



Wednesday, May 29, 2024
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM UTC


Networking and Food
Panel discussion & breathwork work


  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland


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    Startup Grind Scotland


  • Caro Melendez

    Head of Operations

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    Startup Grind Glasgow

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    Startup Grind Scotland | AK Marketing

    Head of Marketing

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    Startup Grind Aberdeen

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  • Alexandra Lloyd

    Startup Grind Scotland

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