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Bayes Centre Unveils Startups for EIE21 Tech Investor Conference

Ross Kelly



EIE has supported over 500 tech startups since 2008 who have collectively raised over £750 million in funding.

32 high-growth companies have been selected by the Bayes Centre for this year’s EIE21.

Hosted on Thursday 10th June, the tech investor conference will see company founders pitch for investment from seed level to over £2 million.

Run by the Bayes Centre in partnership with the DDI (Data-Driven Innovation) initiative, EIE is a year-round programme highlighted by a day of pitching to investors from across the globe.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s conference will be delivered through a virtual platform.

Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Centre and EIE21 lead, said: “We are excited to see so many fascinating companies and products underpinned by both innovation and ambition at this year’s EIE, companies who are aiming to solve real-world problems and meet some of the biggest challenges facing our societies in 2021 and the years ahead.”

Sector categories for EIE21 include: AI and Data Science; Energy, Climate and Cleantech; Digital Health and Medtech; Fintech and Cybersecurity; Smart Cities and Mobility; Robotics and Autonomy; Internet of Things, and; Creative Design and Media Tech.

For the first time, this year’s conference will also unveil a ‘Wildcard’ category.

Companies set to feature in this new category include:

  • Satellite data specialist Earth Blox.
  • OnGen, a tech platform that helps companies cut energy costs and carbon emissions.
  • University of Edinburgh spin-out Net AI, whose AI-driven analytics aim to revolutionise the management of virtual mobile networks.
  • Oceanium, a startup developing sustainably farmed seaweed into plant-based foods and packaging.

Michael Rovatsos, Professor of AI, Deputy Vice Principal of Research and Director of the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Bayes has already established itself as a beacon in an evolving landscape of data science and artificial intelligence, and it’s our mission to remain on the frontier of academia and industry working in a collaborative way.

“Entrepreneurship is one of the core pillars of Bayes’ strategy to boost the university’s impact across the city and region, and the EIE programme is central to this overall approach, demonstrating our commitment to support the wider tech startup ecosystem in Scotland.”


EIE has supported over 500 tech startups since 2008 who have collectively raised around £750 million from seed through to Series A and later stage funding.

The conference boasts a range of alumnus companies, including Current Health, FanDuel, Amiqus, Speech Graphics, pureLiFi) and Celtic Renewables.

EIE21 | Who’s Who?

The full list of companies selected for EIE21 includes: AiM; Bendi; Beta Bugs; BLK Global; Boxergy, Bridgeweave; Crack Map; Earth Blox; Danu Robotics; Data Innovation.AI; Decblue; DTIME; GoBubble; iLoF; Innovatium; Intelligent Reality; Ionburst; iOPt; Libereat; Looper; Nebu-Flow; Net AI; NIQS Technology; Nomad Energy; Oceanium; OnGen; Open Banking Reporting; REOptimize Systems; theo Health: Transwap Technologies; UrbanTide; and Voicekey.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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