Entrepreneurs to pitch at EIE and Edge
Young companies looking for finance will be pitching at two events in Edinburgh and London.
Four Scots firms will be looking for a share of £1.5 million from the fourth Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) London investor conference on Wednesday 18 November. It is operated by Informatics Ventures based at Edinburgh university.
On 7 December Scottish Edge round seven will take place at the RBS Conference Centre in Edinburgh where 23 finalists will pitch to an audience and judges in a Dragons’ Den style presentation.
Winners will also be announced from Young Edge, for entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and Wild Card Edge for those in the very early stages of business.
Already announced are three winners of the Higgs Edge category to award the most innovative, high-growth businesses in science, technology and engineering.
· Edinburgh based Krotos: Created a “Dehumaniser” vocal processor producing monster sounds
· Rosyth based Epipole: Developed “epiCam” – a hand-held retinal camera to check for retinal vasculature disease
· Glasgow based Soluis Labs: “Soluis Dome” – a new and unique walk-in 3D experience
Scottish Edge is awarded as 50% grant and 50% loan which is paid back to help fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success. Both the Young Edge and Wild Card Edge categories provide grants of up to £10,000. Scottish Edge awards also provide mentoring and support and signposting to alternative funding.
Twelve companies will pitch at EIE London at Canada House, Trafalgar Square. It will be attended by more than 40 investors (see list below) looking for the next big technology breakthrough companies.
Speakers at the event are:
Sherry Coutu, an entrepreneur, non-exec director, investor and advisor to companies, universities and charities
Lesley Eccles, co-founder and EVP marketing and acquisitions at fantasy sports games firm FanDuel
Kerry Sharp, head of the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise
The four Scottish firms pitching are:
Appointedd – its software empowers independent businesses to take appointments through their own website, their Facebook page, or a hosted, customisable booking microsite (Edinburgh, founded 2011, 4 employees)
Mallzee, – known as the Tinder for Fashion app, it pulls together over 150 stores into one single place and finds the shopper the perfect purchase. (Edinburgh, founded 2013, 22 employees)
My1Login – a cloud-based Single Sign-On service that eliminates the need to remember passwords (Glasgow, founded 2007, 8 employees)
3D Repo – a complete, automated retail suite for independent retailers (Glasgow and London, founded 2014, 12 employees).
The other firms pitching comprise three from London, two from Berlin, one from Madrid and one from Stockholm. They are: 3D Repo, Sicoya GMBH, ByStored, MediaGamma, Evothings, Sablono, Playthe.net
- Amadeus Capital Partners
- Angels Den
- Bloc Ventures
- Capital Enterprise
- Caru Ventures
- Concap Ltd
- Crossover Capital
- Deepbridge Capital
- Ecosquared ltd
- EM Energy Solutions
- Episode 1 Ventures
- Galvanise Capital
- Harbert Management Corporation
- Intel Capital
- IP Group
- Ironbridge Capital Partners
- Lightbulb Investments
- London Business Angels
- Northstar Ventures
- Novus Ordo Capital
- Oxford Capital
- Par Equity
- Pentech Ventures
- Pythan Capital
- Robert Bosch Venture Capital
- Scottish Enterprise
- Silicon Valley Bank
- Smith & Williamson Investment Management
- The Conduit Mead Company Limited
- The G2G3 Group (part of Capita)
- UP Accelerator
- WCP UK
- Wren Capital