Media Release: Search is on for new companies to take part in EIE13 – Scotland’s leading investor showcase


PREPARATIONS are in full swing for this year’s annual investor showcase – EIE13 - with a call for all informatics, computer science, energy and life science start-ups, spinouts and new ventures in Scotland to apply before January 31 to take part in Scotland’s flagship investor event.

EIE13 will take place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Thursday May 9 and applications to be considered for this year’s event can be made at

Informatics Ventures intends to double the size of the event, following new strategic partnerships with Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

The three organisations have joined forces to create what will be the largest investor showcase in Scotland.

Said a spokesperson: “For the first time there will be more than 60 innovative companies from all over Scotland exhibiting across the informatics, energy and life science sectors. The companies will have the chance to meet with over 100 investors from the UK, Europe and the USA, to help transform their commercial propositions into successful ventures.

“Now in its sixth year, the event will include pitches from 16 carefully-selected new ventures, as well as networking opportunities. Keynote speakers for 2013 will feature Scottish entrepreneur, Sir Tom Hunter and angel investor, Sherry Coutu, voted as one the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’.”

Commenting on the search for new companies, Gordon Stuart, of Informatics Ventures, said: “Once again we’re looking to uncover companies with global growth potential and ensure they have a place at EIE13 to meet potential investors.

“Since the inaugural event in 2008, we have introduced well over 150 start-ups to investors and these companies have gone on to raise tens of millions of pounds worth of seed funding.

“EIE13 will be the biggest and best to date thanks to our new strategic partnerships and sponsors, Johnston Carmichael and MBM, together we will be able to showcase even more businesses and attract larger numbers of investors, from individuals to angel groups and venture capitalists to our event.”


Event details:

Venue: Assembly Rooms, 50 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

Organiser: Informatics Ventures

Date: Thursday May 9

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

For further information to exhibit, visit:

To express a note of interest to attend as a guest please e-mail

Notes to editors:

EIE13 is the creation of Informatics Ventures, which is funded by Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council.

About Informatics Ventures

Informatics Ventures’ mission is to support Scotland’s technology entrepreneurs from all the Scottish universities and the wider business community. Informatics Ventures helps develop individuals and their early stage companies through a range of high-profile events, masterclasses, workshops and entrepreneurship education programmes in the UK and the USA.

About ECCI

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is both a physical and virtual hub for the knowledge, policies, innovation and skills required to deliver a low carbon economy and the place and space for ‘low carbon leaders’ and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, the Edinburgh Centre creates a unique platform for supporting Government policy implementation; enhancing business enterprise and innovation; and delivering professional skills training.

About Edinburgh BioQuarter

Situated at the heart of Scotland’s world-leading life sciences industry, BioQuarter offers the ideal environment for spin-out companies, entrepreneurs, start-up firms and new ventures by established pharmaceutical companies.

Our mission is to bring investors, ideas and companies together in one location. Combining some of the best medical research in the world with two major hospitals, dedicated bio-incubator facilities and an outstanding team of business development personnel, BioQuarter provides access to a wealth of pre-clinical and clinical expertise across Scotland.

About Scottish Investment Bank

The Scottish Investment Bank is a division of Scottish Enterprise which operates Scotland-wide, in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It operates a suite of funds including; The Scottish Seed, the Scottish Co-investment, the Scottish Venture and the Scottish Loan Fund to support Scotland’s SME funding market to ensure that businesses with growth and export potential have adequate access to growth capital, see The Scottish Investment Bank will be participating in panel discussions at the event.

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