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EIE speakers lined up after Silicon Valley guru pulls out

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Martin Gilbert – confirmed for EIE

Scotland’s biggest start-up pitching event has unveiled its final line up of speakers after one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors pulled out.

Sir Michael Moritz, chairman of California-based Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm which backed Skyscanner in 2013, had been lined up to speak at the EIE event in May.

He was not on the final speaker list when it was announced by Informatics Ventures, the organiser.

Now joining  Martin Gilbert, founder and chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, are Scottish Enterprise Chairman, Bob Keiller and two other Silicon Valley luminaries.

DFJ partner, Steve Jurvetson, and RocketSpace founder and CEO, Duncan Logan, will deliver keynote addresses at the event which takes place at the EICC on the 10 and 11 May.

Sixty of Scotland’s most promising early stage tech companies will pitch to an audience including investors from Scotland, London, the rest of the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.

EIE is set for its biggest year ever as the nation’s leading startups seek funds ranging from £100,000 to more than £5 million and investors get the chance to meet the next generation of potential technology stars.

The Engage Invest Exploit, or EIE, series has run since 2008 and has been a springboard to approximately £400 million in funding. Among those who have come through the programme are FanDuel, Celtic Renewables, Mallzee, Two Big Ears and MindMate.

This year’s cohort of startups include, Organised Health, a startup which uses robotics technology, and a sports tech venture Global Rugby Network which combines software with wearables and counts international rugby union associations among its client base. 

Steve Ewing, director of operations at Informatics Ventures, said: “EIE 2017 will be the biggest and boldest EIE to date and it’s fantastic to welcome Duncan Logan and Steve Jurvetson to the event this year.

It’s an amazing opportunity for investors and startups alike to meet and hear from two of the highest calibre players in Silicon Valley.”

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