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Tech Show EIE20 Confirms TechUK Head and Cobra Beer Founder

Michael Behr

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EIE20 Jaqueline de Rojas

Jacqueline de Rojas and Lord Bilimoria will speak at EIE’s virtual event in October

Edinburgh’s technology investor showcase EIE20 has lined up techUK president Jacqueline de Rojas CBE and Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria CBE DL as speakers for its conference on the 14th of October.

As president of techUK, Ms de Rojas oversees the representation of over 900 tech companies across the UK. Formerly a senior executive at software companies CA Technologies and Sage Group, de Rojas was appointed as head of techUK in 2015, became the Chair of Digital Leaders UK in 2017 and helped to launch the Institute of Coding in 2018.

British Indian entrepreneur Lord Bilimoria founded Cobra Beer in 1989 and continues to hold the position of chairman at the global beer brand. He is also a life peer in the UK House of Lords and was recently appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Lord Bilimoria said: “As an entrepreneur, I am greatly looking forward to seeing at close hand some of Scotland’s most exciting early to scale-up stage technology companies at EIE20.

“Scotland has a proud tradition in innovation, research and the commercialisation of technologies, and has some of the world’s leading universities and informatics schools.

“At the same time, in common with the rest of the UK, 2020 has been a challenging year in the face of Covid, the ensuing economic crisis and how we make a success of the ongoing Brexit process.

“In my new role at the CBI, I will be doing everything I can to work for the best interests of entrepreneurs and UK plc overall in the months and years ahead.”

Jacqueline de Rojas said: “Scotland’s tech scene has progressed rapidly over the last decade to become one of Europe’s most highly-rated centres for startups, evidenced by globally leading companies like Skyscanner and Edinburgh itself continues to strengthen its position as the leading UK data hub outside London.

“As Lord Bilimoria says, I am also looking forward to supporting so many of Scotland’s most promising tech companies and to addressing the EIE20 conference in October.”

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EIE20’s virtual event will feature 50 data-driven startup to scale-up companies pitching to investors from Scotland, the UK and internationally for seed to series A funding.

This year’s event will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre team on a virtual conference platform.

Lord Bilimoria and de Rojas will join EIE20’s other keynote speakers, including:

  • Executive director of data driven innovation initiative at The University of Edinburgh Jarmo Eskelinen
  • Baillie Gifford chair in the ethics of data and artificial intelligence at the University of Edinburgh Professor Shannon Vallor
  • Group chief operating officer at CityFibre Simon Holden
  • The principal of the University of Edinburgh Professor Peter Mathieson
  • Co-founder of SVK Crypto Shane Kehoe
  • The Rt Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Councillor Frank Ross

Karen Wood, Director of Enterprise, EIE said: “Having business and technology leaders of Lord Bilimoria and Jacqueline de Rojas’ stature feature at EIE20 is a sign of how far EIE has come in recent years and their experience and insights, alongside our other fantastic speakers, will be among the highlights for our cohort companies and attendees on the day.”

EIE has supported nearly 500 tech startups and scale-ups since 2008 who have collectively raised over £750 million. EIE alumni companies include FanDuel, Mallzee, Current Health, ZoneFox, Two Big Ears, pureLiFi, Float, Citruslabs and Amiqus.

Michael Behr

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