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EIE20 Tech Investor Showcase Event Goes Virtual in October

Ross Kelly

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This year’s company cohort includes Machines With Vision, Polydigi, Trade in Space and Criton.

Scottish technology investor showcase EIE20 is going virtual on Wednesday 14th October.

EIE20 will feature 50 data-driven companies – ranging from startups to scaleups – with participants pitching to investors from Scotland, the UK and internationally for seed to Series A funding.

The investor showcase is supported by partners including the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, Scottish Enterprise, Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Initiative, Huawei, Cazenove Capital and Johnston Carmichael.

This year’s event was originally set to be held at Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the event will now be hosted by the Bayes Centre on a virtual conference platform.

Dr Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Centre, said this has enabled the conference to widen its net and attract a broader range of investors, speakers, sponsors and participants.

“One unintended consequence of Covid is that by going virtual in 2020, we’ve been able to broaden the target market in terms of participants and supporters and that’s enabled us to go even more global,” Ewing explained.

“Having seen how this had developed over the last few months, it’s encouraged us to look at a more hybrid EIE event going forward,” he added.

EIE20 has supported nearly 500 technology startups and scaleups in the past 12 years. Collectively, firms supported by the investor showcase have raised more than £750 million.

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Alumni companies include some of the most notable tech firms Scotland has produced in recent years, such as FanDuel, Mallzee, Current health, ZoneFox, Float, pureLiFi and Amiqus.

The EIE20 cohort includes companies from a variety of sectors, spanning AI and data science, creative design, MedTech, cybersecurity and fintech.

Companies specialising in IoT, robotics, space technology, smart cities and energy are also set to feature at the showcase. These include Machines with Vision in the Smart Cities and Mobility category, Polydigi in Fintech and Cybersecurity, and Trade in Space in the Space and Satellite Tech category.

A full list of this year’s cohort can be found here.

“In 2020, the EIE cohort contains innovative companies who are tackling real-world problems with cutting-edge solutions in sectors including energy, climate, cleantech, cybersecurity, fintech and digital health,” Ewing commented.

“The 2020 cohort is also characterised by the largest percentage to date of internationally-founded ventures who are locating to Scotland,” he revealed.

The EIE20 team is expected to release a final speaker list later this month, along with sponsor update news and a number of related events taking place in the run-up to the event.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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