High growth tech start-ups to pitch for funding at EIE 2018

Published: 16 April 2018

This week’s Engage Invest Exploit 2018 investor showcase in Edinburgh on 19 April will see 60 high growth, data-driven tech companies pitching for seed to ‘series A’ funding. We spoke to Steve Ewing, Director of Operations at organiser Informatics Ventures…

What is Engage Invest Exploit?

Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) is an investor readiness programme. Data-driven technology companies looking for seed and later stage funding apply to take part in a bespoke pitch and investor readiness preparation.

The day is a chance for...the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem to come together, network together and showcase its outstanding capabilities to a global audience.

Steve Ewing, Director of Operations , Informatics Ventures

 

The team at Informatics Ventures works with those selected over an extended period, delivering activities including workshops, seminars and review panels led by experienced entrepreneurs. This ensure that the selected companies are ‘pitch fit’ for Scotland’s premier tech investor showcase – the biggest event of its kind outside London. 

EIE 2018 will see 60 high growth, data-driven tech companies pitching for seed to ‘series A’ funding.

What are the key highlights of this year’s event?

Our keynote speakers include Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley – the most successful tech entrepreneur many have never heard of. In 1962, she founded Freelance Programmer, a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members; 

We also have Eileen Burbidge, who is Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage technology venture fund based in London, and Chair of Tech City UK

Three of the FanDuel founding team – Nigel Eccles, Lesley Eccles and Rob Jones – will also be speaking. They built a billion dollar business from Scotland, before exiting last year. 

Not forgetting the chance to hear from up to 60 exciting data-driven technology companies who are pitching live for investment! 

What’s your track record in helping companies so far?

Over the last ten years, more than 400 companies have been through the process, attracting more than £550m in seed and later stage funding. 

EIE 2018 is a chance for companies to meet with and start to build relationships with investors.

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. 

To find out more about EIE 2018 or to buy tickets, visit www.eie-invest.com

 

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