YAS member Verena Rieser pitching at the event
For the evening of the 2nd October, over 90 entrepreneurs from across Scotland gathered for the event ‘Connecting Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Network’ at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh. The event brought together the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Fellows, RSE Enterprise Fellows, Members of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, Saltire Fellows, entrepreneurs, investors and organisations that support commercialization in Scotland.
The event, chaired by Edward Cunningham was funded by the RSE with in kind support from the Saltire Foundation. The focus of the event was to link talent across the organizations and create opportunity. The format of the event was designed to ensure that, after the first pitch session, each entrepreneur would have the opportunity to discuss their business model and challenges with a round table of participants with a range of relevant experiences and connections. Entrepreneurs benefited from the diversity of other participants with backgrounds across technology, life sciences, business, finance and marketing. As time will tell, the connections forged are expected to strengthen business propositions and reveal new ventures.
24 entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their businesses and the standard of pitches was outstanding. The first prize for the winning pitch went to Margot McBride from the University of Dundee for her mobile x-ray device with other prizes going to, amongst others: David Hunter for his golf tracking/data collection technology (ShotScope Technologies); John Ferguson for his company producing ethical and sustainable products from sisal (East Africa Sisal Company) and YAS member Andrew Manches for his 'Digiblocks' for the maths/education market. All the Prizes were kindly donated by m2lasers.
Feedback from the event – ‘great to see the entrepreneurial spirit being brought together across the organizations and generations’ – ‘this was a pitching and networking event with a difference’ – ‘the buzz and atmosphere last night was totally conducive in supporting the success of the evening’.