A SELECTION of Scotland and the UK’s top tech luminaries have been lined up as keynote speakers at EIE22, which takes place online this year on 6th October. Scotland’s Chief Entrepreneur Mark Logan, Women in Enterprise Review Chair Ana Stewart, and newly appointed techUK President Sheila Flavell CBE will feature at the latest instalment of EIE’s annual tech investor showcase later this year.
Mark Logan has worked with and advised a series of successful startups, including his tenure as Chief Operating Officer of online travel site Skyscanner, acquired by Ctrip for £1.4 billion in 2016. He is the author of the 2020 Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review and, in July, was appointed as the Scottish Government’s Chief Entrepreneur. Logan is also co-authoring the Women in Enterprise Review, or Stewart Review, alongside Ana Stewart.
Earlier this year, Ana Stewart was appointed to chair the Scottish Government-commissioned Women in Enterprise Review. Stewart previously founded and floated IT specialist i-design Group, subsequently acquired by US-based ATM group Cardtronics Inc in 2013, is a partner with St Andrews-based impact investment firm Eos, a Non-executive Director with the Scottish Football Association, and is a board member at Bella & Duke, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
Sheila Flavell CBE is the newly appointed President of techUK, the UK’s digital technology trade association. Flavell is also the Chief Operating Officer of London-headquartered FDM Group, the international recruitment company she co-founded in 1991. FDM completed its listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2014, going on to enter the FTSE 250 in 2017 before being bought back by Sheila and her husband. Flavell, known as a champion of diversity and inclusivity, is also the Chair of the Institute of Coding Industry Advisory Board, and a Digital Skills Council member.
Karen Wood, Director of Enterprise at EIE, Bayes Centre, said: “We couldn’t have hoped for a better lineup than Sheila, Ana, and Mark for EIE this year. Individually, and collectively, they bring both policy and operating know-how of the highest degree, which will be insightful for our attendees and inspiring for our startups and ecosystem.”
Mark Logan, Scotland’s Chief Entrepreneur, said: “”I’m delighted to be part of EIE22. Scotland’s start-up sector is more vibrant than ever before, and EIE has played a foundational role in its development.”
Sheila Flavell, President of techUK, said: “As the new President of techUK I am thrilled to be participating in this year’s EIE22. TechUK is the trade association which brings together companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve. With around 900 members across the UK, techUK creates a network for innovation and collaboration across business, government and stakeholders to provide a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet.”
In June, the EIE Scottish Startup Survey 2022 was launched, with the survey asking Scottish startup and scale-up founders and CEOs about a range of themes including investor engagement, growth strategy, economic outlook, Scottish ecosystem support, hiring plans, returning to the office, and new ways of working post-pandemic.
The EIE Investor Readiness Programme delivered by the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre has helped over 540 companies raise more than £1.1 billion since 2008.
For more information on EIE22, including details of our sponsors and to join us in our Market Square, please visit: https://www.eie-invest.com/