An event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh brought together distinguished innovator Dr Regis Kelly OBE and eleven Scottish businesses to exchange ideas and meet like-minded entrepreneurs.
The evening, which was supported by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), the University of Edinburgh Business School, PA Consulting, and Archangels, comprised an inspirational talk from Dr Kelly followed by “mini pitches” from leaders of each attending company. Each “mini pitch” comprised a 5 minute speech about the organisation’s business model, products, accomplishments, and goals, and a question and answer session focussing on potential collaborations.
Dr Kelly is Director of QB3, a California Institute for Science and Innovation, which has created a matrix of support for entrepreneurs in the quantitative biosciences. At the event he stressed the importance of useful collaborations between academics, entrepreneurs, and investors in Scotland and California. Dr. Kelly said “I was impressed, but not surprised, by the creativity, expertise and enthusiasm of the innovators I met. The challenge for Scotland is to take full advantage of its talent, converting it into jobs and economic growth”
Entrepreneur and RSE YAS member Dr Elizabeth Fairley, who organised the event, added “I loved the atmosphere – the excitement from the talented people that we brought together. It was great to bring businesses together that are at different stages of their journey. I am keen to see how we can stay connected with each other and to activities out in California with Reg playing a key role.”
For a programme of the event and a list of organisations that were represented, click here.