Engage Invest Exploit

Scotland has long been recognised as a nation with an established financial cluster and a reputation for innovation - we even invented the Bank of England! By bringing together entrepreneurs, the established financial sector, public sector, government, accelerators and universities, Fintech Scotland has facilitated collaborative innovation across the fintech ecosystem and the momentum behind it has been palpable.

The talent pools in Scotland in financial services and technology have ensured that in the past year alone the number of fintech companies in Scotland has grown threefold. In addition to the growing international fintech companies taking advantage of the reduced capital cost of salaries and office accommodation in Scotland, innovative new homebuilt businesses are creating disruptive and exciting fintech ideas; ensuring that Scotland is building firm foundations to support its aspiration to become one of the top five fintech hubs in the world.

It’s little wonder, then, that within the data driven sectors to be represented on 24thApril in Edinburgh at Engage Invest Exploit(EIE), fintech make up almost a third of the 50+ companies taking part. Now in its 11th year, Engage Invest Exploit draws a global audience of investors and connects them with some of the most ambitious and innovative data-driven companies.

EIE, powered by Informatics Ventures,was at the genesis of the tech ecosystem in Scotland and currently occupies pole position as an International thought leader at the cutting edge of data centric innovation. From its humble beginnings within Appleton Towers at University of Edinburgh, Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) has grown exponentially to become Scotland’s premier tech investor showcase.

Informatics Ventures, located at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, part of the School of Informatics and nestled within the new Bayes Centre  (the first of the City Deal Data Driven Innovation hubs designed to foster collaboration and drive the ambition to establish Scotland as the Data Capital of Europe) provides an eclectic mix of practitioner-led entrepreneurship, education, networking and an intense investor ready programme to ensure the participating companies are pitch-fit for the event.

EIE fintech alumni include companies such as Float– an intuitive visual cash flow forecasting business – which has drawn on the wealth of tech talent located in Edinburgh. ‘The investor readiness programme developed by Informatics Ventures allowed us to refine and hone the Float pitch for investors and potential customers’ CEO Colin Hewitt commented. From the founding team who pitched way back in the early days of EIE, Float continues to grow beyond its current team of 20and expand its customer base to create a revenue generating, sustainable business with ambitions beyond the 40 countries it already operates in.

Companies taking part in previous EIE events have gone on to attract over £650Million from seed through series A and follow on funding. Last year’s cohort has already secured investment in excess of £4.8Million.

On 24thApril, at McEwan Hall in Edinburgh, more than fifty new and returning businesses will take to the stage to pitch to the investor audience, hoping to stand out from the crowd. Amongst them are the 14 ‘fintech and cybersecurity’ ventures, includingAllatus Unity(creating a powerful regulatory reporting and data governance tech solution),Amiqus  (fast secure anti-money laundering identity and compliance checks) and Squarebook(addressing the capital raising needs of high growth companies and introducing a new approach to the IPO process).

EIE attracts around 1000 attendees – international investors, young companies and a high-calibre business audience. It’s the must attend tech investor event in Scotland. The advanced saver discount is available until 31stMarchfor ticket and table sales. Keynote speakers at this year’s event will include Nagraj Kashyap, Corporate Vice President of M12, previously Microsoft Ventures.


Jane Kennedy is Product and Community Manager of TalentSpark, powered by Eden Scott. TalentSpark is a gold sponsor of EIE and Jane is seconded to the Informatics Ventures team to help deliver EIE.