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Getting to Equity
28 June 2016
Speakers announced, and registration now open
Open this article for further details and the online registration link.
Book your place at the conference here.

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 have talks by industry professionals –investors, analysts, business advisers – interspersed with presentations by entrepreneurs from early stage high growth companies.

Equity investment is not the best sort of funding for every company.  However, for those which will need early stage equity to help grow their business there can be a ‘catch-22’ to securing the first round of investment;  equity investors often look for a level of product development or market traction which require funding to demonstrate.

This year’s conference will examine this conundrum, with speakers from organisations which provide funding by way of competitions and grants, from equity investors who understand the problem and can describe what they expect from applicants for finance, and from some young company entrepreneurs who have made their way through this difficulty in one way or another. 

Industry speakers

Chair:  Evelyn McDonald, CEO, Scottish EDGE

John Mathers, CEO, Design Council

Camille Moran, EU funding, Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Isobel Brown, Head of Commercial Development Scotland, StartUp Loan Company

Mette Kirstine Agger, Managing Partner, Lundbeckfond Ventures


Entrepreneur presenters

David Bunton, Biopta

Trace Ward, Ergon Equine

Ed Molyneux, FreeAgent

Brian Butchart, Sirakoss


The conference will include four sessions, starting with registration at 9am and closing at approximately 4:30pm, with plenty of networking time at the breaks.

Further details on ticket prices and online registration are here.

Friday, 16 September 2016 from 08:30 to 16:30 (BST) 
The George Hotel - 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB 
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