Everything you need to know about YCF's Getting to Equity conference

Some of the most exciting innovators on Scotland's start-up scene are to converge in Edinburgh for Young Company Finance's Getting to Equity conference.

The YCF conference will be held in the George Hotel in Edinburgh. Picture: Steven Taylor

The conference will feature talks by industry professionals - investors, analysts, business advisers - alongside presentations by entrepreneurs from early stage high growth companies.

It will include four sessions, starting with registration at 9am and closing at approximately 4:30pm, with plenty of networking time at the breaks.

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Who is it for:

The conference is targeted to those working with companies in their early stages of development who are keen learn from their peers. It also offers valuable networking opportunities for investors and advisors.


The George Hotel - 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB


Friday, 16 September 2016 from 08:30am to 16:30pm

How do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite

Who are the main speakers:


Chair: Evelyn McDonald, CEO, Scottish EDGE

The CEO of Scottish EDGE, a funding competition aimed at identifying

Scotland’s, innovative, high growth potential entrepreneurial talent.

Mark Elliott, Business adviser, Design Council Spark

Design Council Spark is a product innovation fund and programme designed to fast-track products to market.

Mark has a Computer Engineering degree from Sussex University and an MBA from Imperial College Business School. He has started three companies, raised finance and sold products all around the world.

Camille Moran, EU funding, Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Works on Scottish Enterprise’s (SE) Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) team and manages SE support for the SME Instrument funding stream, which provides commercialisation funding for high-impact, market-oriented innovation projects.

Isobel Brown, Head of Commercial Development Scotland, StartUp Loan Company

Has worked at senior level within the private and public sectors for over 25 years and

has sat on a number of Cabinet Office advisory groups and Government manifesto

development projects.

Mette Kirstine Agger, Managing Partner, Lundbeckfond Ventures

Previously co-founder and CEO of 7TM Pharma A/S and has a broad international experience

within biotech / life science covering business development and licensing, management and financing.


David Bunton, ReproCELL

Founder of life sciences company Biopta, which was acquired by ReproCELL last year, David is now CEO of ReproCELL Europe, headquartered in Glasgow,

focused on providing services and products for stem cell and human tissue-based drug


Trace Ward, Ergon Equine

Co-founder & CEO, Ergon Equine Limited

Ergon Equine has developed a load-distribution technology

that allows a 27% reduction in average pressure under the horse’s saddle.

Ed Molyneux, FreeAgent

CEO and co-founder of FreeAgent

Ed co-founded FreeAgent in 2007 with the aim of democratising accounting for micro-businesses and to help them work better with their accountants. The company started life in Edinburgh as a three-man operation, but has now grown to more than 100 staff and is the market leader in cloud accounting specifically designed for freelancers, contractors, micro-businesses and the accountants who work with them.

Brian Butchart, Sirakoss

CEO and a co-founder of SIRAKOSS Limited, a lifescience business in the orthopaedic sector which spun-out for the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and has gone on to raise almost £4m in funding, including a £3.1m Series-A in November 2014.