CBI president booked

Lord Bilimoria joins EIE20 speaker line-up

Lord Bilimoria: Scotland has a proud tradition

Investor pitching conference EIE20 has lined up the CBI’s president Lord Bilimoria and tech leader Jacqueline de Rojas to address its virtual event on 14 October. 

British Indian entrepreneur Lord Bilimoria founded Cobra Beer in 1989 and continues to hold the position of chairman at the global brand. He is a life peer in the House of Lords.

Ms de Rojas is the President of techUK, which represents more than 900 tech companies across the UK. Formerly a senior executive at software companies CA Technologies and Sage Group, she was appointed as head of techUK in 2015.

Lord Bilimoria said: “As an entrepreneur, I am greatly looking forward to seeing at close hand some of Scotland’s most exciting early to scale-up stage technology companies at EIE20. 

“Scotland has a proud tradition in innovation, research and the commercialisation of technologies, and has some of the world’s leading universities and informatics schools. 

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“At the same time, in common with the rest of the UK, 2020 has been a challenging year in the face of Covid, the ensuing economic crisis and how we make a success of the ongoing Brexit process. 

“In my new role at the CBI, I will be doing everything I can to work for the best interests of entrepreneurs and UK plc overall in the months and years ahead.” 

Ms de Rojas said: “Scotland’s tech scene has progressed rapidly over the last decade to become one of Europe’s most highly-rated centres for startups, evidenced by globally leading companies like Skyscanner and Edinburgh itself continues to strengthen its position as the leading UK data hub outside London.”

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