Scottish tech investor conference EIE21 has announced the launch of the annual EIE Scottish Startup Survey.
The first of its kind to examine the Scottish startup ecosystem, the Scottish Startup Survey asks firms across the country about the main challenges faced and opportunities achieved in a year characterised by the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Startup founders will be asked a range of questions, including whether they have had to pivot in the face of the pandemic, new ways of working, the current state of their funding plans and what kind of government support has been accessed.
Additionally, the impact of Brexit will be an important topic as firms have had to adapt to the significant legal changes caused by exiting the EU.
Commenting on the Startup Survey, Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Centre and EIE21 lead, said: “The pandemic has been all-encompassing for over a year now, and we know our startups have been impacted.
“Inherently, running a startup has never been anything short of incredibly hard work, and that has been amped up since the onset of Covid. We hope the survey will take us under the surface and find out how founders have been coping while keeping their companies on the path to growth.”
Callum Murray, CEO and founder of Amiqus and EIE alumni, said: “The last year has seen an enormous shift in how people work, and we’ve been well placed to help organisations maintain their compliance processes on a fully remote basis.
“Yesterday’s R&D or continuity processes have become business as usual, and we’ve been fortunate to scale across sectors as a result.”
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The pandemic has brought on a new set of challenges for firms, and the survey seeks to establish changes startups have made to hiring strategies, as well as nurturing staff wellbeing and the physical and mental health toll of remote working.
Rebecca Pick, CEO and founder of Pick Protection, said: “During the pandemic, we’ve seen a massive shift in the ways that employees work.
“More people than ever are working from home, shift patterns have changed, staff numbers have been reduced and so on, so at Pick Protection we’ve started to cater to businesses that previously never had a requirement for lone worker solutions.”
Pick added: “It’s certainly been an interesting year and we’re excited for the challenge of helping our customers keep safe and remain compliant as we enter the transition phase of returning to the ‘new normal.”
According to EIE, findings from the Scottish Startup Survey will be released in the run-up to EIE21 in June. A link to the survey can be found at: https://www.eie-invest.com/scottish-startup-survey-2021/