The annual Scottish Startup Survey has been launched to gauge how startups view issues ranging from Covid impact, Brexit, investment environment, target markets and the recently published Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review.
The survey was launched by the team behind technology investor event EIE20, which will take place virtually on 14th October. It will quiz startup founders from the current EIE20 company cohort and EIE alumni.
With the recent release of former Skyscanner COO Mark Logan’s Scottish government-commissioned report, the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review, the Startup Survey will gauge opinion about the report’s findings.
The report examined the state of Scottish tech startups and the work needed to fully develop the country’s technology ecosystem. Logan noted that tech ecosystems need to pass a ‘tipping point’ to reach a critical mass of companies, workers and investment for them to feed into each other and create a dynamic and creative market while attracting new talent and investment.
He noted that Scotland has not yet reached this point, and his report makes 34 recommendations to help push the technology ecosystem over the tipping point.
The EIE team have an also announced that Logan will feature at a Q&A session that will take place at an investor-only event on the eve of EIE20.
A panel featuring investors from Silicon Valley Bank, IBM Ventures, BGF, Octopus, BGF, Archangels, Equity Gap and the Scottish Investment Bank will also feature at the pre-event.
Logan said: “More so than ever, in 2020 there is a shared view across Scotland’s tech scene around how we can drive the ecosystem forward and there is a real feeling of impetus.
“Of course, the investment and funding environment is one of the fundamental building blocks as we aim to create a critical mass of viable startups and scale-ups in this country and I greatly look forward to our discussions with investors from the UK and across the globe in October.”
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EIE Director of Enterprise Karen Wood said: “We’re delighted that Mark Logan is joining us for what promises to be an insightful inside track on not only the recent Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review but also Mark’s time running the day-to-day operations at one of Scotland’s most revered tech startup success stories, Skyscanner.
“It’s particularly fitting to have Mark on the back of his recommendations about internationalising the Scottish tech ecosystem in a year where we have so many entrepreneurs and startups from outside Scotland pitching on the day.”
EIE20 will feature 50 data-driven startups to scale-up companies pitching to investors from Scotland, the UK and internationally for seed to series A funding. The event will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre team on a virtual conference platform.
A full list of EIE20 company cohorts can be found here.