Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) is the premier tech investor showcase featuring data-driven tech companies, which will see company founders pitch for investment from seed level to over £2 million.EIE, run by the Bayes Centre, in partnership with Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) is more than a day, it is a year-round programme which equips entrepreneurs with the skills required to deliver a high quality pitch to investors from across the globe.EIE21 will be taking place virtually on the 10th June, registrations to attend open in March!EIE is a well established tech investor showcases with numerous past successes such as Current Health (who secured a £9 million Series A round in December 2019) and Celtic Renewables (who have raised over £33 million since 2011).Since its inception EIE has supported over 500 tech startups who have collectively raised around £750 million from seed through to Series A.

The sector categories for EIE21 are:

  • AI and Data Science
  • Energy, Climate and Cleantech
  • Digital Health and Medtech
  • Fintech and Cybersecurity
  • Smart Cities and Mobility
  • Robotics and Autonomy
  • Internet of Things
  • Creative Design and Media Tech
  • Wildcard

Some of companies featuring in the cohort are:

  • Satellite data specialist Earth Blox
  • OnGen, a tech platform that helps companies cut energy costs and carbon emissions
  • A University of Edinburgh spin-out, Net AI, whose AI-driven analytics aim to revolutionise the management of virtual mobile networks
  • Oceanium, a startup developing sustainably-farmed seaweed into plant-based foods and packaging.

Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at the Bayes Centre and EIE21 lead, said:

“We are excited to see so many fascinating companies and products underpinned by both innovation and ambition at this year’s EIE, companies who are aiming to solve real-world problems and meet some of the biggest challenges facing our societies in 2021 and the years ahead.” – Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship

Michael Rovatsos, Professor of AI, Deputy Vice Principal of Research and Director of the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh, said:

“The Bayes Centre has already established itself as a beacon in an evolving landscape of data science and artificial intelligence, and it’s our mission to remain on the frontier of academia and industry working in a collaborative way. Entrepreneurship is one of the core pillars of the Bayes Centre’s strategy to boost the university’s impact across the city and region, and the EIE programme is central to this overall approach, demonstrating our commitment to support the wider tech startup ecosystem in Scotland.”