Scottish start-ups to showcase technology

Lysimachos Zografos, CEO of Parkure, and Laura Fisher, managing director of TreePress. Picture: Jane Barlow

Lysimachos Zografos, CEO of Parkure, and Laura Fisher, managing director of TreePress. Picture: Jane Barlow

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SIXTY of Scotland’s brightest start-ups have been selected by mentoring organisation Informatics Ventures to showcase their technology at this year’s Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) investor conference.

Among those pitching for investment at the event, to be held at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 14 May, are Parkure, an Edinburgh University spin-out that uses fruit flies in its search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and TreePress, an online community that brings together teachers and people who write school plays.

Gordon Stuart, of Informatics Ventures, said: “While we have an improving investor backdrop in Scotland, we know that we also need investors from London, Europe, Asia and the US to buy in to our start-ups if they’re to go to the next level and that’s where EIE15 comes in.”

The annual EIE forum has been a springboard to more than £50 million of investment in early-stage Scottish companies since the inaugural event in 2008.

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