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EIE, Engage Invest Exploit, is Scotland’s premier technology investor showcase featuring highly promising companies from the life sciences, ICT and energy sectors seeking funding from seed to series A. You’ll have been to such events before and will continue to travel the world attending more.

However, you won’t find another EIE.

Is it the quality of companies? Perhaps.

Is it the impressive line-up of engaging International speakers? Maybe.

Is it the opportunity to network with hundreds of entrepreneurs and international investors? Possibly.

Or is it all of the above plus the fact that we know how to put on a world class event that you will actually enjoy? Absolutely.

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Informatics Ventures supports globally ambitious technology companies headquartered in Scotland.

Through practitioner-led entrepreneurship education and community networking, we prepare and equip Scotland’s technology entrepreneurs to scale up internationally.

Our partnerships with Scottish businesses and world-class institutions instil budding entrepreneurs with the confidence to take on the world.

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Just like the entrepreneurs we support, we are always thinking big. How can we do what we do better? What partnerships can we forge, what opportunities can we source that will help Scottish technology companies grow? Our team draws on a wide range of skills and backgrounds to deliver the best programmes, helping technology entrepreneurs to scale by providing an unrivalled quality of experience. Put simply, we are always raising the bar.

For general enquiries please contact info@informatics-ventures.com

Dr Steve Ewing

Dr Steve Ewing, Director of Operations

Tel. +44 (0)131 650 9936   

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Prior to joining IV, Steve worked as Senior Business Development Executive on the Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs programme that fostered the creation of four new companies and several new prototypes and products. He led on the development of strategic alliances between corporates and the School’s robotics institute and two successful EPSRC funding bids for a new robotics facility and Centre for Doctoral Training aimed at creating industry and innovation-focused graduates. Prior to this, Steve worked as a biotechnology and pharmaceuticals equities analyst for Deutsche Bank AG and WestLB Panmure in the City of London.

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Danny Helson

Danny Helson, Programme Manager

Tel. +44 (0)131 650 4427    Mob. +44 (0)7984 035399

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Prior to joining IV at its inception in 2008 Danny was the Commercial Executive for the Edinburgh-Stanford Link, helping companies in Scotland’s less affluent areas access its world-class research and strategic R&D expertise. Danny has over 20 years of senior sales experience in both the UK and Australia, having begun his career with Nestle UK who he was with for 12 years before re-locating to Perth, Australia. He returned to the UK to complete his MBA at the Edinburgh Business School, with electives in small business and strategy, and has called Scotland home ever since.

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Ronnie Johnston

Ronnie Johnston, Events & Communications Manager

Tel. +44 (0)131 650 9979   

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Ronnie has over 14 years of conference & event management experience, and prior to IV ran her own company Rj Events, where she delivered events for such clients as Young Company Finance, Interface- Connection for Business, EPIS (Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme) and Business Forum Scotland Ltd. Previously Ronnie was PA to the Director of Commercialisation within TRS (Technology & Research Services) at Heriot-Watt University and played a pivotal role in the administration of the commercialisation strategy. Ronnie was also a founder and driving force behind the company Innovation Event Management Ltd.

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Tobias Barnes Hofmeister

Tobias Barnes Hofmeister, Marketing Manager

Tel. +44 (0) 131 650 4453   

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Before joining Informatics Ventures Tobias worked as a design consultant and strategic design researcher in the Nordic startup scene. Since 2012 he has been involved in various entrepreneurial organisations throughout the Nordics, such as the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Technoport and the Technology Transfer Office at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Tobias holds four degrees from universities in Germany, the U.S., Sweden and Norway covering a range from engineering to innovation and design. Throughout his academic journey, he worked closely with teachers from Stanford University to teach innovation through design thinking and collaborated with researchers from MIT Media Lab on socially influencing systems to foster urban cycling.

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Siobhan Gilliland

Siobhan Gilliland, Events & Finance Assistant

Tel. +44 (0)131 650 4404   

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Siobhan is the Events & Finance Assistant for Informatics Ventures and brings with her 10 years of secretarial and administrative experience from her previous roles at Edinburgh Investment Consultants (EIC) and Dundee City Council. Siobhan has also previously worked in the hospitality industry which complements her current role as the first point of contact for all visitors and delegates of Informatics Ventures events.  Alongside Ronnie Johnston, Siobhan is responsible for delivering IV’s events to the high standard we hold ourselves to, and our stakeholders have come to expect.

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