ScaleUp Institute in Glasgow launches


THE ScaleUp Institute, working with the London Stock Exchange, University of Strathclyde and key partners including the BDO, is pleased to be hosting a ScaleUp Summit during Glasgow Tech Week, to support the ambitions and aspirations of scaling companies in Scotland across sectors and locations.

It is open to businesses from across all sectors and ecosystem players supporting business growth.

The Summit will delve into the funding landscape and options to raise capital in 2024 and beyond; providing insights on new initiatives to tap into private capital and access a broader and deeper investor pool, including institutional capital in an easier, simpler way whilst remaining private. while you grow. It will discuss the opportunities to access markets and R&D opportunities through collaboration with Innovate UK both at home and abroad; and provide tips and insights on developing an effective board and advisory network to support scaleup growth.

The event will be held from 12pm on the 13th May at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.

The afternoon programme will include expert insights from:

Dr Darko Hajdukovic, Deputy Head of Digital and Securities Markets, Head of New and Private Markets, London Stock Exchange Group, who will cover developments in capital markets.

Willie Watt, Chair, the Scottish National Investment Bank, who will discuss the developments within Scottish National Development Bank to support ambitions scaling companies across Scotland.

Louis Taylor, CEO of British Business Bank, who will discuss the newly launched Long Term Investments for Technology and Science Fund alongside developments on a UK Growth Fund; and their ongoing work with SNIB and the private sector in local scottish programmes to support scaleup growth across all sectors.

Liza Hazelden, Chief Product Officer of Innovate UK, who will provide latest insights on market access through Innovate UK and their growth and investor services.

There will also be guidance from leading funders and advisors, including Rory McPherson, Deal Advisory Partner – M&A, BDO, in Scotland who will discuss the latest trends and opportunities to raise money locally and how to access these; while University leaders, including Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Strathclyde University, Professor Eleanor Shaw, Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Glasgow and Lorna Edwards, Head of Business Engagement at Abertay University will discuss how the Universities and Business Schools across Scotland are working together to support businesses to scale and Scottish Enterprise will update on their activities.


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