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Multiple choice: Scotland’s early stage finance market evolves - PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Young Company Finance 13th annual conference
Tuesday 15th September 2015 held in
Cumbernauld attracted over a hundred key
figures in the young company finance market. (29/05/15) ...more
YCF Guide to Finance for Young Companies 2nd Edition - Find the updated and improved version of the Guide with listings of potential investors in Scottish enterprises and other bodies that will help in your young business growth. (21/09/15) ...more
Guide to Networking for Entrepreneurs - Not just some advice and guidance, but also listings of 50 organisations with networks which could help early stage entrepreneurs! (06/08/15) ...more
Sample copy of YCF - For further information about taking out a subscription to YCF, please email sales@ycf.co.uk (20/03/15) ...more
Young Company Showcase 2014 - At the Young Company Finance conference last September, 18 early stage ventures participated in the Young Company Showcase 2014, taking exhibitor stands to engage with the delegates at the conference and explain their business propositions. (16/10/14) ...more
REAP Report published - YCF's editor Jonathan Harris has been part of a Scottish team participating in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme over the past two years. (15/07/14) ...more
YCF Guide to Finance for Young Companies - The website version of YCF’s Guide to Finance for Young Companies is available at www.ycfguide.co.uk (24/09/13) ...more
YCF Annual Conference 2014 - Shared goals: aligning the interests of entrepreneurs and investors - Speakers slides from the conference in September are now available for download (30/09/14) ...more
New Start Scotland - YCF was an exhibitor at New Start Scotland on 13/14 November in Glasgow. The slides from our presentation at this event can be downloaded here. (15/11/14) ...more
Horizon 2020's SME Instrument - The European Commission has prepared an infographic which explains its programme for selecting potentially disruptive businesses to invest in and support (16/10/14) ...more
YCF Young Company Showcase 2012 - Download here our showcase publication, which is intended to spread the word about a few young companies by giving a short summary of their business, and focusing especially on the markets they are trying to reach and the ways in which they plan to reach them. (28/09/12) ...more
Increasing Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship in Scotland - YCF's editor has been part of a Scottish team participating in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme over the past two years. Download the team's Report here.
(30/06/14) ...more
Download a sample copy of YCF! - This illustrates the typical coverage and style of our monthly publication tracking early stage companies in Scotland. (18/12/12) ...more
Young Company Showcase 2013 - Eight young companies were exhibitors at the YCF Annual Conference this year, and the Showcase publication describing their businesses can be downloaded here. (24/09/13) ...more
YCF Annual Conference 2013 - speakers' slides - The slides from the presentations at this year's conference 'Starting and growing innovation-based businesses' are now available for download. (24/09/13) ...more
YCF online archive - YCF's searchable online archive, with just under 1,200 articles from previous issues dating back almost eight years to November 2004, is now available to subscribers on a six month trial basis.
(16/10/12) ...more
The Risk Capital Market in Scotland 2009-2011 - This study into the Scottish risk capital market was carried out by Jonathan Harris of Young Company Finance and Professor Colin Mason of the University of Glasgow and is the fourth such report in a series dating back to 2001. Download the full report here. (18/12/12) ...more
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Multiple choice: Scotland’s early stage finance market evolves
29 May 2015
Young Company Finance 13th annual conference
Tuesday 15th September 2015 held in
Cumbernauld attracted over a hundred key
figures in the young company finance market.
Each year YCF’s annual conference takes a broad theme that gives a variety of speakers the opportunity to set out their own knowledge or experience in different ways.  We had talks by industry professionals –investors, analysts, business advisers – interspersed with presentations by entrepreneurs from early stage high growth companies.  

At YCF, tracking this market closely for our monthly publication, we see a rapidly evolving diversity of options open to young companies seeking finance.  Each month we see new equity investors – VC firms, corporate venturers, business angels and groups – investing in Scottish companies for the first time.  Crowdfunding is starting to make a difference to the market, and although currently focused on London and the South East is increasing rapidly throughout the UK.  And joining the public markets, particularly AIM, has again become an option for companies needing significant growth finance.

Industry speakers

Dr Stuart Fancey
Assistant Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council
Stuart leads SFC’s team focused on supporting Scotland’s world-leading university research and helping universities and business to translate that excellent research into sustainable economic growth.

Marcus Stuttard 
Head of UK Primary Markets 
Head of AIM 
London Stock Exchange 
Marcus Stuttard has responsibility for Primary Markets in the UK across both AIM and the Main Market, and is responsible for the management and development of AIM, London Stock Exchange’s international growth market for small and medium sized enterprises.  He is a regular speaker on growth and business funding issues and sits on a number of industry and policy advisory bodies.

Dr Nicola Broughton
Investment Director, University Technology Transfer, Mercia Technologies
Nicola leads a team that specialises in identifying spinout opportunities from Mercia’s partner universities. Nicola’s background is in IP commercialisation, university spinouts and licensing, primarily within the university and small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) sectors.  Since starting to work in technology transfer in 2000, Nicola has fulfilled a number of commercial roles.  Her experience includes sourcing and identifying commercial opportunities, IP protection, strategy and management (managing a patent portfolio to global protection), ’freedom to operate’, licensing, cross licensing, due diligence and raising finance in both the public and private sectors, as well as writing business plans. 

Dr Mark Payton
Founder and CEO, Mercia Technologies
Mark oversees the group’s activities, from supporting early stage businesses financed through Mercia Fund Management to scaling emerging stars financed via Mercia’s balance sheet.
Mark has made in excess of 30 venture investments and led the sale of Hybrid Systems (to Myotec), Warwick Effect Polymers (to Polytherics) and was on the board of Abzena plc until its listing on AIM in July 2014.  Prior to MFM, Mark was at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, and played leading roles within Isis Innovation.  Mark was vice president corporate development at Oxxon Therapeutics Inc, prior to its sale to Oxford BioMedica PLC.  Mark led the management buyout which created Mercia Fund Management.  Mark gained his PhD jointly between the University of Oxford (Worcester College) and the University of London (King’s College). He also has an MBA from the University of Warwick, has IMC parts I and II, and is FCA accredited. 

Tom Britton
Co-founder and CTO, SyndicateRoom
Born in Los Angeles, Tom moved to the UK to play football and after three fairly successful years realised it was time to focus on his non-sporting career.  Before joining SyndicateRoom as a co-founder Tom worked in product development on a number of software-based projects including managing the development of the mobile applications for TheTrainline. Tom completed his MBA at Cambridge where he focused on developing start-ups and has taken a keen interest in ventures focused on helping other start-ups.  Tom leads SyndicateRoom's website development team though his skills and experience ensure that he does a lot more than just that.  In his spare time Tom volunteers for Camp Footprints, rock climbs, and still plays the odd five aside game.

Entrepreneurial presenters

We will also have presenters from entrepreneurial companies which have achieved against different criteria: exit, sales, investment, high growth.

Cally Russell 

CEO and Founder at Mallzee - 'Making it in mobile - from Seed to Series A'

Cally leads Mallzee’s drive to be the ultimate mobile shopping experience. The business is on course to employ 30 star by the end of of 2015 whilst helping hundreds of thousands of people shop from their mobile. In 2015 Mallzee has secured a fantastic marketing agreement with Samsung and also raised £2.5m from a range of investors including Royal Mail Group. Cally is passionate about marketing for technology firms. 



Gary Davis
CEO, Ecometrica - ‘The journey from consulting to software as a service’
With 10 years’ worth of sector experience Gary has advised multi-national companies across many industry sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, aviation, public transport, finance, and professional services. Gary has also been involved in the design of industry standards having advised on the development of the PAS2050 product standard, the Carbon Trust Standard and has been on UK Government working groups for biofuel greenhouse gas accounting. Gary co-founded Ecometrica in 2008 and, as well as continuing to fulfil a technical role within the greenhouse gas accounting team, Gary serves as a main board director and is part of the commercial team behind Ecometrica’s data and software products. Gary has a first class BSc (Hons) in Geosciences from the University of Edinburgh and was winner of the Royal Geographical Society’s Alfred Steers prize in 2003.

Alison Grieve
CEO & Inventor at G-Hold - 'Growth through innovation, export and licensing'
Alison Grieve is on a mission to change the way the world holds things. Having successfully developed, manufactured, exported and licensed handholding technology for the foodservice industry with their award-winning non-toppling Safetray, founder and inventor Alison Grieve extended the company's ergonomic expertise to the world of tech by creating G-Hold - a range of IP protected handholds for tablet computers and other devices in the IoT space. Less than a year after launching, the G-Holds are distributed across three continents, selling through multiple channels spanning both consumers and professional users, such as RBS, CalStateTEACH and MiTAC. The G-Hold even has a few celebrity users including Suzi Perry on BBC's Formula One and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter.

Richard Cooper

Commercial Director at Cascade Technologies – 'The journey from pre-funding to exit – a few of the challenges we overcame and what we can learn' 

Richard was educated at Strathclyde University where he gained a degree in Production Engineering and Management and is a Chartered Engineer. During his career he has had a number of senior operational roles in high quality engineering and manufacturing companies; Howden Group (General and nuclear engineering; Rolls Royce (Aero engines) and in volume manufacturing businesses (diesel engines, Fork lift vehicle assembly and medical devices). Prior to the start of Cascade, Richard cut his teeth with a number of start-ups in the high tech field as both an employee and a consultant resolving technical, funding, financial management, sales and operational challenges. While at Cascade he has helped to start and grow Cascade. This has involved many aspects of business from grant funding and property management to selling disruptive laser based gas analysers and related products into diverse industries such as FMCG and the petrochemical industries. He has won sales of development programmes and products to both end users and OEM customers worldwide. He is part of the team that has created a company with sales on all 5 continents to both SME’s and large global brands.

Dr Margaret Temple

CEO at Vitrology – ‘The Vitrology Story - there must be an angel...’

Margaret Temple is a science and business graduate of Edinburgh University who joined the biotechnology industry in 1995. Following several commercial roles with Q- One Biotech Limited Margaret was appointed as a Board Director in 2002. In 2007 Margaret co -founded Vitrology Limited having secured funding from Archangels, and was appointed CEO in 2009. Vitrology was acquired by the Swiss multinational SGS in 2012, and a two year period of integration was completed at the end of 2014.

Young Company Showcase 2015

The successful Young Company Showcase was repeated this year, giving a number of early stage companies the opportunity to exhibit their products and services and participate in the conference. YCF were proud to host the following young enterprises:
  • Adimo
  • Alphabet Babies
  • Appointedd
  • Cascade Water Products
  • LendingCrowd
  • MIME Technologies 
  • Plan Bee
  • Research Space
Learn more about development of these companies by downloading Young Company Showcase publication (link below).

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