THE EIE event is poised to rekindle connections between global investors and the nation’s burgeoning tech ecosystem after a two-year hiatus. EIE24 promises to be a beacon of innovation, bringing together over 130 investors from across the globe for two days of networking, exploration, and deal-making with some of Scotland’s most groundbreaking companies.
Established in 2008, EIE has been instrumental in fostering collaborations between global investors and Scotland’s thriving tech sector, nurturing the growth of the country’s most promising tech enterprises. Past EIE events have been catalysts for over 540 companies, enabling them to secure more than $1.5 billion in downstream funding.
According to the latest Local Digital Index by techUK, Scotland’s tech sector, comprising an estimated 14,504 companies and employing approximately 400,000 individuals, has witnessed a robust growth of 2.8% this year. The cumulative growth in tech companies in Scotland over the past decade has surged by an impressive 82%.
EIE24, hosted by BBC Scotland’s Innovation Correspondent Laura Goodwin, is scheduled to unfold against the backdrop of iconic Edinburgh locations, including Edinburgh Castle, The John McIntyre Conference Centre, and Dynamic Earth, on April 30th and May 1st, 2024. Investors can anticipate two days of unparalleled networking opportunities and the chance to engage with pioneering companies offering globally significant solutions.
Duncan Martin, Head of Entrepreneurship at The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre, expressed enthusiasm about the event’s return, stating, “EIE is a key event in Scotland’s thriving tech scene, and in 2024 we are evolving it to become a wider platform, showcasing the best opportunities our ecosystem has to offer to our international investor colleagues.
EIE24 is delivered in partnership with the Data Driven Initiative and is a linchpin of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor to the Scottish Government, welcomed the revamped format, saying, “I’m delighted to see EIE return to Scotland in an enhanced and updated format that will comprehensively showcase Scotland’s most exciting and innovative new tech companies to the national and international investor community.”Beyond presenting access to high-growth companies, EIE24 will feature insightful discussions and opportunities for attendees to engage with key figures across Scotland’s tech ecosystem. Registration for the event is now open, inviting investors and companies to explore more about EIE24. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this dynamic convergence of global investors and Scotland’s tech pioneers.