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What is Engage Invest Exploit?
Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) is the premier technology investor showcase powered by Informatics Ventures. Our annual EIE conference features the most promising innovative, data-driven high growth companies, seeking funding from seed to series A and later stage funding.
Steve Ewing, director of operations at Informatics Ventures, which runs EIE, said: “This year’s cohort of companies range from very early stage to 5+ years, and each of them will use the opportunity to pitch to the panel of 12 global investors. The majority of this year’s extended pitch slots have gone to companies who are at the post-revenue stage, so they are seeking funding to scale their business and manage growth.”
What are the key highlights of this year’s event?
Our keynote speakers include Professor Sue Black OBE. Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.
Nagraj Kashyap, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of M12, will share the experience he’s gained in 20+ years of venture capital, business development, software engineering, and management. Previously, he was a senior vice president and head of Qualcomm Ventures and led business development for Qualcomm Research.
This year’s cohort of companies range from very early stage to 5+ years, and each of them will use the opportunity to pitch to the panel of 12 global investors. The majority of this year’s extended pitch slots have gone to companies who are at the post-revenue stage, so they are seeking funding to scale their business and manage growth.Dr Steve Ewing, Director of Operations, Informatics Ventures
At the conference gala dinner, we’ll hear from Derek MacKay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work. In May 2016, Derek Mackay MSP was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution so will have interesting insights to bring to our event.
Our final speaker, entrepreneur Seonaidh MacDonald will entertain the audience post dinner. Seonaidh was until late 2016, the CEO of mLED Ltd, a world leader in micro-displays for Augmented & Virtual Reality products. In 2016 he led mLED through a hugely successful trade sale to a U.S household name, delivering a significant exit multiple.
Not forgetting the chance to hear from up to 50 exciting data-driven technology companies who are pitching live for investment!
What’s your track record in helping companies so far?
Since inception, the number of companies supported by the IV programme is in excess of 350. EIE2018 hosted 985 delegates, including in excess of 250 investors, company executives, founders and guests and showcased high potential Data Driven Innovation companies.
The 2018 company cohort have since raised funding in excess of £4.8m to date: Novo-sound £1.5k, Good Loop £320k, Codeplay £2.1m, Cyan Forensics £900k.
What do you want the programme to achieve?
The day is a chance for companies to meet with and start to build relationships with investors.
It’s also for investors to meet with potential co-investment partners – and for the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem to come together, network together and showcase its outstanding capabilities to a global audience.
EIE2019 will take place on 24 April 2019 at the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh. To discover more about the event or to buy tickets, visit www.eie-invest.com.
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