Scotland has one of the best environments for angel investment in the world, supported by national policies that actively encourage it, and effective public sector support through organisations such as the Scottish Investment Bank.
In addition, the national association for business angels in Scotland, LINC Scotland, represents 21 active syndicates, including home-grown venture capital investors such as Scottish Equity Partners and Archangels.
Investors from all over the world are turning their attention to Edinburgh and the city’s growing reputation as a hotspot of innovation, especially in technology and fintech, largely driven by the city’s acknowledged academic strengths in data science, blockchain and cyber security.
Showcase events such as EIE, the largest event of its kind in the UK outside London, are well established and attract investor interest from all over the world. Hosted by Informatics Ventures, the event not only connects start-up businesses with potential customers and investors, it provides extensive mentoring and support for entrepreneurs.
The annual Turing Fest, held in August, now attracts tech entrepreneurs, CEOs, engineers, product managers, designers and marketers from all over the world for two days of keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops, making it one of the most globally relevant events of its kind.
Edinburgh is also home to one the UK’s 12 Entrepreneurial Spark Powered by NatWest hatcheries, providing three to six-month long programmes of tailored support and business mentoring for aspiring business start-ups.