Organised by IT start-up firm The TechForce, the evening will chart Murray Kerr’s journey from leaving school aged 15 with no qualifications to selling his Ellon-based company to the Pryme Group in November 2016.
In 2015, Murray won a hat-trick of prestigious business awards including the Young Professional Award at the SPE Offshore Achievement Awards, the Emerging Entrepreneur (Scotland) accolade at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year honour at the 2015 Elevator Awards.
He was also named Emerging Industry Leader at the 2016 Press & Journal Gold Awards, while SengS won Business Success Under Three Years at the 2014 Elevator Awards.
The first Meet the Entrepreneur event will be held at Barclays Bank, Union Plaza on Thursday, February 2 from 6.30pm to 9:30pm.
Murray said: “I’ve always been passionate about supporting young people, including school leavers, to achieve their goals so I’m genuinely excited about the chance to speak at this event and share any advice I can with other business people.
“In challenging times like these it’s vital that the business community in the north-east pulls together to encourage and inspire others to forge their own path and help create prosperity for our region.”
Jai Aenugu, managing director at The TechForce, said: “We’re thrilled to confirm Murray as the first speaker in our calendar of events for 2017. With all that he has achieved in business at a relatively young age, I couldn’t think of a better person to kick-off our exciting plans for the year ahead.
“In the spirit of giving back, we are delighted to confirm CLAN as our official charity partner for the entire year’s series of events. Hopefully we can play a small part in helping the team continue their valuable work in supporting people affected by cancer in the north-east.”
Tickets (£10) are available at www.meetup.com.