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Gilbert and Valley investor to address EIE17

martin-gilbert-newOne of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and the founder of Aberdeen Asset Management will address next year’s technology pitching event organised by Informatics Ventures.

Welshman Sir Michael Moritz is chairman of California-based Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm which invested around £200 million in Skyscanner in 2013.

Martin Gilbert has been chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management since he created the firm in the early 1980s and built it into one of Europe’s biggest independent fund managers.

Both will address an audience of investors and 60 early stage companies which have been selected to present their plans via Scotland’s technology entrepreneur support programme.

EIE17 will move from its traditional home at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh to the the EICC for the event on the 10 and 11 May.  

Mr Gilbert will feature in the “fireside chat” taking place on the closing night.

The Engage Invest Exploit, or EIE, series has run since 2008, has been a springboard to approximately £400 million in funding and counts startup success stories such as FanDuel, Celtic Renewables, Mallzee, Two Big Ears and MindMate.

Funding being sought by next year’s companies ranges from £100,000 to more than £5 million, indicating that many of Scotland’s startups are moving into the scale-up phase.  

Informatics Ventures director of operations, Steve Ewing, said: “2016 has been another incredible year for Scottish tech and our startup community as a whole and collectively there is a definite feeling that we are at our zenith point. 

“But we can’t rest on our laurels and our most promising young startups and scale-ups need as much support as ever before, including by way of making connections with the UK-based and international investors who can help to fuel their next phases of growth.

“We’re massively pleased to have lined up Martin Gilbert for the event, who as one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs will be a huge inspiration to all the founders and founding teams at the EICC.”

Mr Gilbert said: “Scottish entrepreneurs face opportunities and challenges in equal measure as we approach 2017 and it has been inspiring to see so many great stories coming out of our startup community over the last twelve months. 

“I very much look forward to sharing my experiences and hearing more about our most talented young companies at EIE in May.”

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