We’re privileged to have some of the best entrepreneurs turned investors and prominent members of the entrepreneurial support community as part of our advisory board. From their diverse set of perspectives and experiences, we’re confident that together we can ensure Informatics Ventures delivers the right programmes to the right people to help Scotland’s entrepreneurs achieve their global potential.
Chris van der Kuyl is an entrepreneur whose expertise combines the start-up, development and market listed business arena in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. He is one of the UK’s most successful videogame developers and is responsible for the global phenomenon Minecraft, which is currently on track to become the most successful videogame of all time.
Sherry is an Entrepreneur, Non-Exec Director, Investor and Advisor to Companies, Universities and Charities. She possesses a deep understanding of the dynamics of both b2b and b2c businesses, portfolio management and macro-economics and recently published ‘The Scale-Up Report’ focusing on UK Economic Growth.
Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Hermann has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. He has founded over 20 technology companies and in 2001 was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ and a KBE in 2015 for services to Engineering and Industry.
Heidi Roizen started her career in 1983 as co-founder and CEO of T/Maker Company, an early personal computer software company. After T/Maker’s acquisition by Deluxe Corporation, Heidi became Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations for Apple Computer. In 1999, she became a venture capitalist, first at Mobius Venture Capital and now at DFJ, a leading technology venture capital firm where she serves as the Operating Partner.
Summary Bio: Sandy Kennedy’s extensive commercial background has involved the successful startup of Bowie Castlebank Group’s online and direct business, the turnaround and growth of over 600 of their physical retail stores, as well as securing a partnership agreement with the largest supermarket chain in the UK. Since 2009, Sandy has led The Saltire Foundation growing its programmes by over 100% and delivering a sustainable business model.
For the past 30 years, Ian Ritchie has helped to build Edinburgh and Scotland as a centre for innovative high growth technology companies. He has personally invested in over 40 start-ups and served on the boards of Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and co-chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Board.
Gordon Merrylees is an external ambassador for RBS & NatWest across the UK responsible for nurturing entrepreneurial talent. Gordon supports and acts as counsel and advisor to SME initiatives on future strategic direction to support entrepreneurs and has played an integral role to establishing Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator hubs across the UK.
Crawford Beveridge is a Scottish-American technology executive and chair of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was formerly Chief Executive Vice President and Chairman EMEA, APAC and the Americas of Sun Microsystems. In addition to his role at Sun, Crawford has an extensive business background in companies such as Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corp and Analog Devices and has experience of growing companies on a global scale.
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.
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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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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.
Tel. +44 (0)131 650 9979
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.
Tel. +44 (0) 131 650 4453
Before joining Informatics Ventures Tobias worked as design consultant and strategic design researcher in the Nordic start up scene. Since 2012 he has been involved in various entrepreneurial organizations 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.
Tel. +44 (0)131 650 4404
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.
Sixty Scottish start-ups have been chosen to pitch their business to 100´s of investors at next year’s Engage, Invest, Exploit (EIE) investor conference as it moves to a new home at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
To be a great entrepreneurial city, you need lots of different cogs to be well-oiled and working towards the same goal: to support and nurture young founders and ventures through the early stages of company life and all the opportunities and challenges along the way. Edinburgh, being awarded Entrepreneurial City of the Year provides a significant seedbed for globally ambitious companies.
Last week Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) was successfully launched in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Bellrock Technology, Cognitive Geology, eoSurgical, Flavourly, Ice Robotics, IQX, Klik2learn, Mallzee, Speech Graphics, Sunamp and UWI Technology, as Scottish high growth companies took the opportunity to pitch to Chinese investors.
Mallzee has now become the UK’s top non-retailer shopping app. With more than half a million users and over 150 fashion brands, our exclusive interview with Mallzee’s digital marketing manager, Rachelle Garnham, takes marketing strategy to a new level, discussing their significant and successful growth in user base.
Our new interview blog series celebrating Scottish Entrepreneurs begins by catching up with Jeremie Warner from Power A Life Ltd: “We definitely leverage the social aspect of the business, but social enterprises must not forget they’re a business that needs to generate profit and revenue to be sustainable.”
In Scotland the support and attitude for entrepreneurship and creating new business has been phenomenal, but if we are to reap the benefits of this thriving entrepreneurial spirit, we need to ensure these start-ups become strong, and growing businesses.
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