From Academia to Industry…and Back! The inspiring journey of Colin Adams pioneering the Scottish tech ecosystem.

iV Tuesday with Dr Colin Adams CBE

Tuesday 26 September | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Informatics Forum | 10 Crichton Street | EH8 9AB | Edinburgh

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In 1971 Colin Adams was one of the first graduates in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, and stayed on as a junior lecturer. After completing his PhD, in 1979 he headed to the USA joining Digital Equipment Corporation, where he managed the development of operating systems for ‘mini computers’. After returning to the UK in 1983 to run DEC’s office automation business, he then moved into Electronic Design Automation and silicon, founding European Silicon Structures, US Silicon Structures and EuCAD. ES2’s Series-A of $50M was the largest venture round in Europe in the 1980’s. He sold EuCAD to Cadence Design Systems and managed various Cadence businesses, finally running the TALITY Management Buy Out. In 2006 Colin returned to the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics as Director of Commercialisation, promoting knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship around the School. He became the Director of Informatics Ventures in 2008, and been closely involved in the development of the strong tech eco-system emerging in Edinburgh. His services to innovation and entrepreneurship were rewarded with a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours earlier this year.


Why Attend iV Tuesday?

Well, along with hearing a great, inspirational speaker you’ll also have the opportunity to:

Connect with future employers, entrepreneurs, mentors & create collaborations
Educate by exchange of knowledge and experience
Support & inspire budding entrepreneurs with great ideas into profitable ventures

Doors open at 5:45pm with food & networking 6:00pm. The talk begins at 6:30pm sharp. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and then at 7:30pm enjoy some refreshments and nibbles.



17:45 Doors open
18:00 Registration with arrival tea & coffee’s
18:30 Welcome – Danny Helson, IV Programme Manager
Keynote with Q&A – Dr Colin Adams, CBE
Whats next – Danny Helson, IV Programme Manager
19:30 Networking buffet reception
20:30 End


Dress Code

Business Casual


Terms & Conditions

iV Tuesday is brought to you by the University of Edinburgh acting through its Informatics Ventures programme.

Bookings for this event are subject to our terms and conditions. By registering for attendance, delegates and accompanying persons confirm their acceptance hereof.

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