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Microsoft fund chief Kashyap to address EIE delegates

Nagraj KashyapNagraj Kashyap, corporate vice president and global head of Microsoft’s venture fund, M12, is one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) pitching event.

He will address an expected audience of 1,000 early stage tech firm owners, investors and advisers attending the event in Edinburgh on 24 April.

Now in its twelfth year, EIE has been a springboard for more than 350 companies who have benefited from the investor-ready programme and have gone on to raise in excess of £650 million, including the likes of mLED Ltd, Mallzee, and Two Big Ears.

This year’s event, organised by Informatics Ventures, Scotland’s technology entrepreneur support programme, again takes place at the city’s historic McEwan Hall. 

With more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, business development, software engineering, and management, Mr Kashyap said: “Speaking at events like EIE helps to show companies how corporate venture capital can be a source of funding to support them on their journey.  There will be fifty ambitious companies pitching on the day and the advice I give to founders is to be clear on the business problem you are solving and the team you have put together to achieve it.”

“Edinburgh has an eco-system that supports and develops talent and EIE is a great platform for founders, academics, business leaders and investors to exchange their experiences, challenges and victories.”  

He will be joined at the event by computer scientist, Professor Sue Black and Scottish tech scene veteran and Pufferfish chairman, Seonaidh MacDonald.

Prof Black, founder of BCSWomen and #Techmums , was recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe and is well known for founding the high-profile campaign to save Bletchley Park. 

Mr MacDonald led mLED through a hugely successful trade sale to a US household name, delivering a significant exit multiple.

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