Scottish tech investor conference EIE21 has announced its investor panellists for its 2021 event.
They include Stuart Paterson, Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) Partner and Co-founder, who originally led SEP’s investment in travel search site Skyscanner, which was sold to Chinese travel agency Ctrip (rebranded Trip.com) for £1.5 billion in 2016.
Paterson is currently non-executive director of European online eyewear retailer Mister Spex and Berlin-based online language learning business Babbel and has been “instrumental” in building SEP’s presence and reputation in Germany.
He also led SEP’s investments in Reykjavik-headquartered travel technology business Dohop and in online craft equipment and supplies company LoveCrafts and sits on the boards of both companies.
At the beginning of March, SEP made its latest investment in Glasgow-based fintech AutoRek, a cloud-based financial reporting, data management and reconciliation software developer. The investment was made through the firm’s £260 million SEPV fund.
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Commenting on the announcement, Paterson said: “SEP has been a long-time supporter of EIE, a forum that provides a great opportunity for emerging technology companies from Scotland, and now from the rest of the UK and the international scene, to engage with the investor community and plot a path to growth.
“SEP invests in technology leaders across Europe, so we welcome the recent addition of the international component to the programme.”
Other panellists that will feature at the event include:
- Flavia Popescu-Richardson, vice-president of Silicon Valley’s early-stage practice
- Jenny Tooth, OBE, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association
- Euan Baxter, British Growth Fund’s (BGF) Edinburgh-based investment team
- Andrea Young, fund manager and part of the founding team at Old College Capital
- David Ovens, joint managing director of Edinburgh-based angel syndicate Archangels, chair of SIS Ventures and a non-executive director of LINC Scotland
- Dr Jerry Wu, head of investment at TusPark Holdings UK
- Robert Bosch’s Gitte Bedford, a GlobalScot, vice-president of Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmBH
Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Centre and EIE21 lead, said: “We have an amazing mix of investors for EIE21 this year, representing investor communities from Scotland, the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.
“The investor collective means our pitching companies will get invaluable experience of interfacing with some of the most respected angel, early-stage and venture capital investors on the startup scene.”
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. Around 25% of the EIE21 company cohort are from outside Scotland this year, the highest proportion to date.