- Published: Monday, 03 October 2016 10:28
- Written by Sharon Aitken
For the fourth year running, Informatics Ventures, chose Assembly Rooms Edinburgh for its flagship Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) event, Scotland’s largest investor showcase. With its capacity to host a large exhibition and a conference simultaneously in separate rooms, the venue was ideal for the 600+ early stage start-ups, investors & guests who took part in the event.
Informatics Ventures is a knowledge exchange programme which aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship within start-up and spin-out companies as well as developing better links between industry and academia. EIE showcases the best companies spinning out of Scotland’s world class universities and innovative new ventures from the country’s wider entrepreneurial eco-system in the Energy, Life Sciences & Technology sectors. The event has established a ‘must attend’ reputation in the international calendar, giving investors and serial entrepreneurs the opportunity to listen to and meet with a large number of Scotland’s high growth, high quality companies in a short space of time.
Organiser Ronnie Johnston explained why Edinburgh and the Assembly Rooms was her venue of choice: “Many of our delegates come from throughout the UK and internationally so Edinburgh, as a centre of innovation and a tourist destination in itself, is the
“Not only is Assembly Rooms so accessible due to its city centre location, the flexibility of the venue worked really well for us. The self-contained Music Hall was large enough to stage the conference part of the programme while the Ballroom with its large unbroken spaces and natural light, was a lovely backdrop for exhibition and catering for the 60 early stage company exhibitors. With investors from all three sectors participating and directly engaging with our indigenous companies, the separate East and West Drawing Rooms at either end of the Ballroom gave us excellent break-out spaces to run parallel sessions.
Assembly Rooms Edinburgh can host events from 10 to 750 in its individual rooms, and many more when the Music Hall and Ballroom are combined. The in-house team is on hand throughout to assist with technical and operational details, as well as offer creative input and ideas.