YCF Annual Conference 2021

This year we will ‘return to reality’ at the Sheraton, Edinburgh, with the usual mix of valuable content and optimised personal networking.

2021 Annual Conference

Competitive advantage: how to create it and use it


 Thursday 9 September 2021, 09:00 to 16:00 Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

We are very pleased to announce that Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy, will be giving the keynote speech at our conference this year.

After last year’s wholly digital conference, where the networking element was inevitably very limited, this year we will ‘return to reality’ at the Sheraton, Edinburgh, with the usual mix of valuable content and optimised personal networking, enabling everyone involved in the entrepreneurial eco-system to meet up again in person.  With a clear schedule from the Scottish Government for removing the oppressive but necessary restrictions which have hung over for us for so long, it will be a relief to meet again in person, and initial bookings show that organisations that previously booked a single ticket have decided on two or more delegate places this year.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

Chair: Dr Poonam Malik, FRSE, FRSB, Board member at Scottish Enterprise and Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde

Poonam is an entrepreneurial academic business strategy leader and an investor in innovation. She has extensive experience of working in research, innovation, enterprise, governance, health and business sectors globally. As a board member of Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, Dr Malik has held leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors. She has recently been appointed as Head of Investments at the University of Strathclyde.  Poonam brings expertise in life sciences, biotech, health digital & medical technology businesses, and is passionate about diversity, equality, inclusive values and climate change. She is a syndicate investor with Investing Women Angels and board-level advisor, chair and consultant for technology startups.

Filippo Menolascina, CEO of Noumena Capital

Filippo will talk about researching and understanding your competitive position in your own market. Noumena leverages the power of data and machine learning to help accredited investors, angel networks and venture capital firms accelerate deal flow, and plan and realise the highest value from exits.

Helena Murphy, managing partner of Raising Partners

Helena will talk about how to beat the competition when looking for investment. Helena is a serial entrepreneur who has worked in early stage investment for over 12 years. She founded Raising Partners in 2017 to bring specialism and expertise to the investment landscape.

and young company entrepreneurs:

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics

Ian, a Chartered Engineer, Saltire Fellow and member of the Institute of Directors, is an experienced start-up executive with 20 years’ experience building, commercialising and selling new technology in and around startups. Cyan technology works to empower governments to achieve policy objectives in child protection, and the reduction of radicalisation and terrorist activity.

David Browning, CEO of Fixed Phage

David has 38 years of healthcare innovation driving global commercialisation and technology translation at J&J, Philips, and multiple start-ups. Fixed Phage is designing, developing and commercialising applications which use stabilised phage to solve bacterial challenges.

Mairi Rudkin, Marks & Clerk with Amphista Pharmceuticals

Mairi Rudkin from Marks & Clerk, one of YCF’s annual sponsors, will introduce their client company Amphista and talk about the way in which IP can differentiate a company from its competitors, and enhance its attraction to investors

Booking is now open for YCF subscribers, at the special Early Bird rate of £165 + VAT

Others, who are not yet subscribers, can book a ticket to the conference plus a six-month subscription at the introductory rate of £250 + VAT.

Book your ticket HERE.




Written by Published: 23/04/2021 Conferences

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