Young Company Finance Scotland Annual Conference 2021

YCF’s annual conferences are always highly rated by delegates as rewarding and enjoyable networking events, bringing people together to find old friends and make new acquaintances.

After last year’s wholly digital conference, where the networking element was inevitably very limited, we are delighted to announce that this year’s conference will be a live event, one of the first to enable everyone involved in the entrepreneurial eco-system to meet up again in person.

The objective is as always to have speakers from a wide range of different backgrounds tackling a broad theme and sharing their knowledge and experience. This year we are tilting the balance towards having more young company founders and entrepreneurs telling their stories, and fewer investors and intermediaries. We also wish to highlight sustainability/ net-zero issues in advance of COP26, within the overall conference theme.

Keynote speaker: Kate Forbes, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy

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

We have four speakers from the investor/adviser side:

Filippo Menolascina, CEO of Noumena Capital
Filippo will talk about researching and understanding your competitive position in your own market.

Helena Murphy, managing partner of Raising Partners
Helena will talk about how to beat the competition when looking for investment.

Nick Lyth, CEO of Green Angel Syndicate
Nick will talk about how, as companies of all sizes adapt to sustainability and net-zero objectives, their customers, suppliers, and competitors will all need to adjust to the changes in their markets.

Mairi Rudkin, Marks & Clerk and Wendy Nicholson, CTO at Amphista Therapeutics (Dundee)
Marks & Clerk, one of YCF’s annual sponsors, will introduce their client company Amphista, and talk about the importance of IP as a competitive strength.

Our other YCF annual sponsors – legal firm Burges Salmon, and technology and life sciences recruiter Eden Scott – as well as exhibitor British Business Bank, will provide 5-minute videos to be shown during the event.

In addition to Amphista Therapeutics, we have five entrepreneurs from young companies, all of which have raised substantial investment recently:

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics (Edinburgh)
Cyan builds and sells new technology to help law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists.

David Browning, CEO of Fixed Phage (Glasgow)
Fixed Phage is designing, developing and commercialising applications leveraging stabilised phage to solve bacterial challenges in animal and human health and wellbeing.

Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton (St Andrews)
Julie will talk about adapting to a suddenly and rapidly changing competitive environment.

Amy Williams, co-founder Good-Loop (Edinburgh & London)
Good-Loop has recently introduced a ‘Green Ad Tag’ to highlight sustainability charities in their corporate brand adtech business.

John Seal, CFO of Oceanium (Oban)
Oceanium – tagline ‘Kelp the World’ – is developing innovative, all-natural products from sustainably-sourced seaweed.


Speakers and presenters at previous YCF conferences have included a wide range of organisations active in this sector, from across the UK and further afield, including the following:

Investors and funders:
Albion Ventures – Alida Capital – Archangels – BGF – Cambridge Gateway – Carbon Trust – Cisco Systems – Converge Challenge – Coppertop (Ian Ritchie) – Crowdcube – Design Council Spark – Enterprise Ventures – Eos Advisory – Foresight Group – Green Angel Syndicate – Horizon 2020 SME Instrument – IBM – Investing Women – IP Group – Kelvin Capital – London Stock Exchange AIM – Longwall Ventures – Lundbeckfonden Ventures – Maven Capital Partners – Mercia Technologies – NESTA – Octopus Ventures – Ohio TechAngel Funds – Par Equity – Parkwalk Advisors – Pentech – Piton Capital – Quester – Scottish EDGE – Scottish Equity Partners – Scottish Investment Bank – Seedrs – Sigma Technology – Silicon Valley Bank –
Start Up Loans Company – SyndicateRoom – YFM Venture Finance

Young company entrepreneurs:
ACT Blade – Aquapharm BioDiscovery – ATEEDA – Axeon – Big DNA – Biopta – Blipfoto – Blackford Analysis – Calnex Solutions – Cascade Technologies – ClinSpec Dx – Clyde Space – Craneware – Cumulus Oncology – Ecometrica – Ergon Equine – Estendio – Float – Glen Communications – Intelligent Growth Solutions – Kymata – M Squared Lasers – Mallzee – Memex – Mpathy – NuCana BioMed – Red Spider Technology – Rocela – Safetray (G-Hold) – ShareIn – SharkTower – Skyscanner – SMAR Azure – SnapDragon – Sunamp – Tissue Solutions – Vert Rotors – Wolfson Microelectronics – ZoneFox – and many others

Analysts, advisers, and others:
Ascendant – Beauhurst – BIA Scotland – BioCity – Confidas People – Edinburgh Business School – Entrepreneurial Exchange – FD Solutions – FutureX – Global Corporate Venturing – GlobalScot – Innovate UK – Invrep – Lloyds TSB Scotland – Marks & Clerk Scotland – MIT Entrepreneurship Center – Noble Group – PERGALI – ScotlandIS – Scottish Enterprise – Scottish Funding Council – Scottish Institute for Enterprise – Strathclyde University – TalentSpark – Tayburn – Tech Nation

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Date and time
09 September 2021
09:30 - 15:30
Venue Address

Sheraton Grand Hotel,

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