Speed Dating for start-ups: A review of our recent investor dinner

March 26, 2014


Following the success of the Digital & Creative Clyde Launchpad – a competition which provided funding for creative start-ups in Glasgow- we recently hosted a dinner at the Glasgow Science Centre.

The competition was launched in January 2013 with the goal of encouraging networking and collaboration in order to strengthen the Creative Clyde cluster.

Eleven creative and digital businesses in Glasgow won £620,000 between them to help develop innovative new products and services. You can see a list of them here.

The dinner presented an opportunity for representatives from the Investor community to meet with the winners and shortlisted finalists of the Launchpad competition.

The winning companies had the chance to showcase the ideas that they had received funding for. This allowed guests to see what they were investing in and also let them provide feedback and advice.  The event was hailed a great success and the format of elevator pitches- like speed dating for entrepreneurs- facilitated good discussion between companies and investors.

However, the focus wasn’t entirely on the winners.  Shortlisted runners up iSpy and Zapcoder were both in attendance and both found the event insightful.

Neill Ritchie, from mobile app developers iSpy said, “It was a great event last night, much more conversational and a range of views were expressed quite candidly. I’ve started to get in touch with some of the attendees in particular.”

The dinner will hopefully provide the companies with a good foundation for growing their businesses by building on relationships within the industry.

Roger Dubar, founder of technology start-up Zapcoder said, “Cementing relationships with existing contacts was valuable”.

Were you at the event? If you have any feedback or photos that you wish to share, please comment below.