The organisers behind EIE21 have confirmed that Kate Forbes MSP will deliver a ministerial address to open the annual tech investor conference, held on Thursday 10th June.
Forbes, a former digital economy minister, was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy on 20th May following the Scottish Parliament elections.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch was instrumental in commissioning last year’s Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review by former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan.
Last month, the team behind EIE, who are based at the Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh, launched the 2021 EIE Scottish Startup Survey.
The survey is the first of its kind to examine the Scottish startup ecosystem and asks startups to detail the main challenges they have faced in a year characterised by the coronavirus pandemic.
Findings from the survey are expected to be released later this month.
Commenting on the announcement, Karen Wood, Director of Enterprise, Bayes Centre, said: “In the year when the Scottish Government is prioritising the delivery of the recommendations outlined in Mark Logan’s Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review, the Bayes Centre team is delighted that Cabinet Secretary Kate Forbes MSP is welcoming delegates to EIE21.”
EIE21, billed as Scotland’s premier tech investor conference, will see company founders pitch for investment from seed level to up to multimillion series A and later stage investment rounds.
35 companies from a broad range of sectors, including energy, fintech and cybersecurity, will pitch to investors from around the world.
The investor panel at this year’s showcase will feature SEP partner and co-founder Stuart Paterson, Flavia Popescu-Richardson of Silicon Valley Bank, UK Business Angels Association CEO Jenny Tooth, and Old College Capital’s Andrea Young.
Speakers set to feature at EIE21 include Sir Ronald Cohen, FanDuel co-founder Lesley Eccles, UNFCCC Climate Champions for COP26’s Alexander Joss, University of Edinburgh Principal Professor Peter Mathieson and Michael Welch OBE.
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Since its launch in 2008, EIE has supported more than 500 tech startups, who collectively have raised around £750 million from seed through to series A and later-stage funding.
The investor showcase boasts Current Health, FanDuel, Amiqus, Speech Graphics and pureLiFi as alumnus companies.