EIE20 tech investor event goes virtual

SCOTLAND technology investor showcase, EIE20, is going virtual this October.

EIE20 features 50 data-driven start-up to scale-up companies pitching to investors from Scotland, the UK and internationally for seed to series A funding. 

This year’s event, originally intended for Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre.

Dr Steve Ewing, Bayes Centre director of entrepreneurship, said: “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. 

“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.”

EIE has supported nearly 500 tech startups and scale-ups since 2008 who have collectively raised over £750 million.

This year’s cohort includes companies from the following sectors: AI and Data Science; Creative Design and Media Tech; Digital Health and Medtech; Energy, Climate and Cleantech; Fintech and Cybersecurity; Internet of Things; Robotics and Autonomy; Satellites and Space Tech, and; Smart Cities and Mobility.

Dr Ewing added: “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.  The 2020 cohort is also characterised by the largest percentage to date of internationally-founded ventures who are locating to Scotland.”

The event will be held on October 14.

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