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Exciting Line-up of Sponsors for EIE21

EIE, Scotland’s top tech investor showcase, has confirmed an exciting line-up of sponsors, with international, UK and Scotland-based companies, who all are leaders in innovation and technology.

Engage, Invest, Exploit (EIE) 2021 is  Scotland’s premier tech investor conference and will see company founders pitch for investment from seed level to over £2 million. A range of sponsors, who are all are leaders in innovation and technology, are supporting the event.  

  • leading global ICT company, Huawei Technologies
  • The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics (who founded EIE in 2008)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • startup recruitment agency TalentSpark
  • intellectual property specialist Murgitroyd
  • commercial law firm MBM
  • national angel investor association LINC Scotland
  • chartered accountancy firm Chiene + Tait.   

EIE is run by the Bayes Centre in partnership with the DDI (Data-Driven Innovation) initiative and supported by Scottish Enterprise. It is a year-round programme highlighted by a day of pitching to investors from across the globe.

Data-Driven Cohort 

EIE announced 32 high growth data-driven tech start-ups, which have been selected to take part in this year’s virtual EIE21. Companies featuring in the cohort include

  • Satellite data specialist Earth Blox
  • OnGen, a tech platform that helps companies cut energy costs and carbon emissions
  • A University of Edinburgh spin-out, Net AI, whose AI-driven analytics aim to revolutionise the management of virtual mobile networks

EIE is a well established tech investor showcases with numerous past successes such as Current Health (who secured a £9 million Series A round in December 2019) and Celtic Renewables (who have raised over £33 million since 2011).

You can read more about this year’s cohort here.


Steve Ewing, Director of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Centre and EIE21 lead, said:

“EIE would not achieve such high standards without the support of our sponsors from the corporate sector and we have a strong mix of international, UK and Scotland-based companies this year who have technology and innovation in their DNA.”

Steve EwingDirector of Entrepreneurship, Bayes Centre


Victor Zhang, Director of Huawei Edinburgh Research Centre, said:

“We’re delighted to sponsor EIE for a third year to help underline the strength of innovation and how it can improve people’s lives. We look forward to engaging with other like-minded innovative technology companies and crucially, connecting with local people.”

Victor ZhangDirector of Huawei Edinburgh Research Centre


Neil Norman, Senior Tax Partner at Chiene + Tait, said:

“We jumped at the opportunity to support EIE21 this year, as a firm we’ve attended EIE through the years, know the team well, and have always been impressed by the quality of the companies pitching, the range of investors in attendance and the input of the wider advisory community.”

Neil NormanSenior Tax Partner, Chiene + Tait


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 - with Current Health, FanDuel, Celtic Renewables, Amiqus, Two Big Ears, Speech Graphics, pureLiFi and mLed among EIE alumnus companies. 

The sector categories for EIE21 are:

companies per sector
EIE21 Cohort by Numbers
  • AI and Data Science
  • Energy, Climate
  • Cleantech
  • Digital Health
  • Medtech
  • Fintech and Cybersecurity
  • Smart Cities and Mobility
  • Robotics and Autonomy
  • Internet of Things
  • Creative Design and Media Tech

In 2021, EIE also has a ‘Wildcard’ category for the first time.

Applications to attend EIE21 are now open! Register here.

Related Links

Chienet + Tait


EIE Website


LINC Scotland

MBM Commerical



Talent Spark

School of Informatics

Scottish Enterprise