Tech teenager’s talk aims to inspire Cirencester businesses

You’re never too young to become an entrepreneur and that is certainly true of the speaker who’s talking at an event for businesses in Cirencester next month.

Cirencester Growth Hub is staging the free event on February 18, from 4-5pm, called Inspire Me, featuring young tech entrepreneur Scott Hiett, from Cirencester.

At just 16, Scott is already impressing the key players in the technology world. Aged seven, he taught himself to code and hasn’t looked back.

Scott is in demand as a public speaker, and has shared the stage with many influential speakers. After winning the Finastra FusionONE Hackathon in 2019 (where developers come together for just 48 hours to create new innovative apps in the world of banking), he was hailed by Forbes as “The Next Generation of Computer Science”.

He is involved in two businesses: channelling his experience of AI and Blockchain into the dynamic world of Esports, he developed a platform for tech start-up Edge, that secures payments and contracts for players and tournament organisers; and running his own start-up, where he is leading a global team to create a modification which will turn single player games into multiplayer games.

And on top of that, he is studying for his GCSEs at Marling School in Stroud!

During his talk, Scott plans to provide insight into the online world of the post-millennial generation, known as Gen Z. In order to remain relevant and attract top Gen Z talent, it will become increasingly important for Cirencester businesses to engage through media this generation take for granted.

“I realise I’ve achieved a lot for a 16 year old and I’m looking forward to sharing my story to local businesses in the hope I can inspire small business owners to  ‘think beyond’ when it comes to technology and engaging with my generation,” said Scott.

Deb Govier, Business Navigator at Cirencester Growth Hub, said: “We are so excited to have Scott join us and believe his talk will inspire not only the next generation of computer programmers but also any local business person intrigued about how he’s been opening doors to accelerate his success at such an early age.”

To book onto Scott’s talk on February 18, and for more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit www.thegrowthhub.biz/cirencester email cirencester@thegrowthhub.biz or call 01285 889850.

Cirencester Growth Hub, next to the Royal Agricultural University, is part of the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network. It stages regular events and workshops, all free to the county’s businesses, and also offers co-working space and meeting room hire.