Engage Invest Exploit 2010

Event Info

Sun 9 May, 2010 from 9:00am - 3:30pm
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, UK (Map)
Cost: See website


Engage | Invest | Exploit is Informatics Ventures annual showcase of high-quality deal flow spinning out of Scotland's world leading Informatics and Computer Science departments, and hot startups associated with our institutions. The Informatics space is vast, including ventures in BioTech, CleanTech, Gaming, Mobile and a wide variety of Software.

In its third year, this annual showcase has a simple value proposition for investors and serial technology entrepreneurs: spend one morning with us and get to see fifty hot prospects in one place with an engaging agenda, in one of Europe's most dynamic and award winning physical environments.

Additionally, TechCrunch Europe will be holding their first UK event outside London following Engage | Invest | Exploit 2010.

Engage | Invest | Exploit 2010 will feature an interactive Panel discussion: Commercialising Scotland's Science: From the Cool Comfort of the Laboratory to the Cruel Crucible of the Marketplace; with:

  • Anne Glover, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd
  • Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland
  • Ann Budge, Former CEO of Sopra Group and Advisor to Par Equity LLP
  • Anne Johnson, Edinburgh Informatics alumnus and early stage investment advisor
  • Panel moderator: TBC

Engage | Invest | Exploit 2010 will be led and introduced by Andrew Mitchell, Project Leader, Informatics Ventures. 

More details on the panel and timings are in the Engage | Invest | Exploit agenda.

Investor guests at Engage | Invest | Exploit from previous years include: TTP Ventures, Seven Spires, Seraphim Capital, Scottish Equity Partners, Pond Ventures, Pentech Ventures, NESTA, Doughty Hanson, Balderton Capital, Archangel Informal Investment, Amadeus Capital and 4iP. Investors committed to attending Engage | Invest | Exploit 2010 are listed on the Investors page.

As a result of Engage | Invest | Exploit 2009:

  • 92% of investors said they have had follow meetings up with prospects as a result of the event.
  • 67% said they have considered investing in relation to someone met at the event.
  • 83% said they will be back next year. 17% say maybe. 0% said no.
  • Actual Analytics Limited, the School of Informatics most recent spin-out, closed a round of funding after engaging investors at Engage | Invest | Exploit 2009.

Some facts about Informatics at the University of Edinburgh:

  • Best in the UK: Informatics at Edinburgh delivers 69 percent more world-leading research than our nearest competitor in the UK.
  • Biggest in Europe: Informatics at Edinburgh is the largest Computer Science department in Europe and regarded as top four in the world.
  • Gateway to Scotland: Through Informatics Ventures, spinouts and startups from across all Computer Science departments in Scotland will be pitching and demonstrating. 


Registration, networking, posters and demonstrations.


Welcome to EIE'10 by Andrew Mitchell, Informatics Ventures


Pitches from six rigorously selected startups and spinouts.


Lunch, networking, posters and demonstrations.


Interactive Panel discussion: Commercialising Scotland's Science: From the Cool Comfort of the Laboratory to the Cruel Crucible of the Marketplace.

Prize giving for best demo/poster.

From 3pm TechCrunch Edinburgh event hosted by TechCrunch Europe at the Informatics Forum and after-party at Revolution.

The EIE|10 Expert Panel Biogs:

Anne M Glover, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Amadeus Capital PartnersAnne is a co-founder and chief executive of Amadeus Capital Partners, the management company that provides investment services to the Amadeus venture capital funds. In her current position, Anne brings together many threads of experience - as a scientist, operating manager and venture capitalist. She is a non-executive director on the Board of: Optos, which developed a laser-based imaging device for capturing a wide-field image of the retina and an observer on the Board of Covestor, a real trade sharing service.


She has prior experience working in venture capital, first at Apax Partners & Co Ventures, where she was a member of the investment team for five years, and subsequently as a business angel investing in UK-based information technology start-ups. Anne has also had significant operating experience, most recently at Virtuality Group plc where she was chief operating officer of the virtual reality peripherals company.


In 2004-2005 Anne was chairman of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), which represents around 165 UK-based private equity and venture capital firms. The BVCA is the public face of the industry, providing services to its members, investors and entrepreneurs as well as the UK government and media. For the past seven years, Anne has been a member of the Council that runs the BVCA and has previously held the position of vice-chairman in addition to being chairman of the Technology Subcommittee for five years and was also a member of Sir David Walker's high level private equity working group in 2007. Anne is currently a non-executive director of the UK government's Technology Strategy Board and recently chaired the committee on government procurement from SMEs. She is also a member of the London Business School's Private Equity Institute Advisory Board and is a member of the Women's Enterprise Task Force.

She holds an MA in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Clare College, Cambridge and an MA in Public and Private Management from Yale. In June 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to business and in July 2008 she was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Anne is both a US and UK citizen.

Professor Anne Glover,Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland Professor Anne Glover of the School of Medical Sciences is a Molecular Biologist with a special interest in biosensor development. As well as her academic research, she has also commercialised her biosensor technology by setting up a University environmental biotechnology spin-out company, Remedios. She has recently been appointed the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland by the Scottish Executive. In this role, Professor Glover will provide independent advice to Ministers and work closely with the science community to explore ways of enhancing the uptake of scientific research in Scotland by government, industry and society.


Ann Budge, Former CEO of Sopra Group and Advisor to Par Equity LLP 

Sopra Group is a €1 billion Euro turnover systems integration company headquartered in Paris. In 1985, she set up Newell & Budge with Alison Newell and in 2001 spearheaded a management buyout. Over the next few years she firmly established the company as one of the UK's fastest growing IT services companies, both through organic growth and acquisition.

In 2003, she acquired a specialist Security Consultancy company in Belfast and in March 2005 she led the acquisition of an Indian IT company, based in Delhi. In July 2005, having reached a turnover of £38 million, Newell & Budge was acquired by Sopra Group. Sopra Newell & Budge (trading as Sopra Group Ltd. from May 2007) was formed in the UK; Ann assumed the role of Chief Executive and has continued to grow the Company, achieving £60m+ turnover and 800+ workforce.

In 2005 Ann's achievements in business were recognised when she received the Entrepreneur of The Year Award from The Entrepreneurial Exchange and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Ann has also been recognised by the world of academia, having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by both Robert Gordon University (2006) and Napier University (2008).


Anne Johnson, Edinburgh Informatics alumnus and early stage investment advisor  


VP at cPacket Networks,Mountain View; a chip and subsystem design company building network monitoring and measurement solutions.

Sold first product to a referenceable customer. Business and product development.

Technical Leader and manager at Cisco Systems, San Jose.

Reporting to the VP GM, driving technical specifications and contracts with Cisco's major partners (IBM, Intel), and smaller companies in the Data Center business unit and Service Provider business unit. Technical review of potential corporate investments and acquisitions. Post acquisition integration; Broad background in routing, switching, network infrastructure, optics, and network security.

Built and managed a group of consulting engineers in Consulting Engineering, a corporate troubleshooting group reporting to the CTO, focused on infrastructure applications (DNS, DHCP, network management, security and encryption).


VP at Netsys Technologies, Palo Alto (acquired by Cisco Systems), which developed simulation software for routed data networks.
International sales and customer support.


CTO at Chernikeeff Telecommunications, London.
Chernikeeff was Cisco's first UK reseller, selling network systems, network design and systems integration, both hardware and services. It was subsequently acquired by Dimension Data.


Member of Technical Staff, Hewlett Packard, Queensferry and Bristol, UK


Post graduate IT diploma, Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh
MA, Economic Science, University of Aberdeen


Personal Background :

Originally from Scotland, and continue to have business interests and family there.
CEO of Bogton Ltd, which operates Bogton Farm in NE Scotland.
Now living in Los Altos, California.


Panel Moderated by: Professor Donald JR MacRae, Chief Economist, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland

Donald MacRae is Chief Economist Lloyds Banking Group Scotland responsible for monitoring the Scottish economy.  In the early nineties, Donald founded the Business Forum – the networking organisation devoted to promotion and development of new Scottish businesses. 


Donald was appointed to the board of Scottish Homes in 2002 and to the board of Scottish Enterprise in 2004 where he chairs the Economic Policy committee.  He is a trustee of the David Hume Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 


Donald has given evidence to several Scottish Parliamentary Committees, advised the Finance committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Budget and holds the chair of visiting professor of business and economic development at the University of Abertay Dundee.  He was a member of the 2007/08 Committee of Inquiry on Crofting and is a board member of Interface – designed to promote university and business interaction.  He was appointed as a member of the Rural Development Council in 2008.


Donald makes frequent appearances on radio and TV publishing the Business and House Price Monitors and the Bank of Scotland PMI and Report on Jobs.

Engage | Invest | Exploit 2010 led and introduced by: Andrew Mitchell, Project Leader, Informatics Ventures


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