[06/03/23] Bayes Centre News: Venture Builder Incubator Showcase a Great Success
An afternoon of innovative data-driven solutions, engaging pitches, cash prizes and networking.
On Friday the 3rd March we hosted a successful Showcase Event for the founders part of this year's Venture Builder Incubator programme at the Scottish National Galleries. This year's Incubator programme has supported 23 start-ups across industries including financial services and oncology.
The hybrid event offered a fantastic afternoon where 10 early stage companies got to pitch their solutions and business to a brilliant audience of approximately 180 individuals made up of business guests, fellow entrepreneurs, investors and students. We also had approximately 15 people join us online.
After each of the companies pitched, they took part in a quick fire Q&A session with a panel of judges made up of three renowned investors in the tech world:
Niki McKenzie - Archangels
Michiel Smith - Apollo
Mary Jane Brouwers - SIS Ventures
The pitches culminated in an award session where there were 4 cash prizes up for grabs, two winners were chosen by the audience and two were the judges choice.
Judges Winners - £4000
Audience Winners - £1000
- GambitBio - Tiffany Ma
- Xell Bruent Guasch and Ryan Gidda
The evening ended with some drinks, canapés and networking. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and strengthen ties with the data-driven entrepreneurial scene in Edinburgh.
Laura Bernal the programme manager commented:
It’s been great to see how the network keeps growing and how these events are a way of creating community by catching up with others in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as by connecting with new people and discovering new ideas.
The next round of applications to join our Venture Builder Incubator will be opening soon, keep an eye on our website for more information.
The Venture Builder Incubator is delivered by The University of Edinburgh's world-leading innovation hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Bayes Centre and supported by Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. It is delivered on behalf of the University’s Data-Driven Innovation Hubs, in contribution to the Data-Driven Entrepreneurship programme and recently has received support from Barclays Eagle Labs.