Archive for September, 2016

Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Internationally renowned cyber-security expert, Troy Hunt, has been unveiled by ScotlandIS as a keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft developers conference.

In his keynote speech the Australian based web security expert, Microsoft regional director and MVP will be drawing on his years of experience running the ethical data breach service ‘have I been pwned’,.

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Hunt will look at what motivates attackers to dump data publicly, how it is sold, traded and redistributed and why. He will also share his experiences of interacting with the people attacking the systems, those who have been impacted and law enforcement agencies.
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Equity Gap is Scotland’s most active angel syndicate

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Equity Gap, a leading Scottish business angel syndicate, focused on funding emerging Scottish businesses with growth potential, has reported strong investment activity and vigorous deal flow.

Investments completed during the last year include Insignia Technologies, Synaptec, Appointedd, Shotscope and VERT Rotors, making it Scotland’s busiest syndicate in the first half of 2016.

The syndicate has rapidly grown from 15 original founders to 100 members, completing over 50 rounds of funding, since 2010. Through the co-investment model it has leveraged £19.9m investment into the Scottish economy in partnership with Scottish Investment Bank and other syndicates.

Scotland has fostered a vibrant business angel community since the early 90’s and the global angel community looks to the Scottish model – including the pioneering public private co-investment fund – to inspire and instruct.
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New funding opportunity with Digital Xtra coming soon

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project.

The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
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RMD targets growth with renewed focus on power protection

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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RMD Ltd has announced that it is energetically aiming to double its turnover within three years by capitalising on its profitable power protection specialism.

Formerly known as RMD Power and Cooling, the business has also rebranded and launched a re-designed corporate identity and website to reflect its new strategic direction.

The Alloa-based company plans to drive growth through its core business – the supply, installation and maintenance of power protection systems. While it will continue to offer IT facility solutions it will no longer prioritise the large scale datacentre design and build projects which have been a key focus in recent years.
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New look Aquila Inisight expands into new offices

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Fast growing data analytics company Aquila Insight has moved into the former offices of FanDuel in Edinburgh’s CodeBase incubator to supports its rapid expansion.

The firm, which is headquartered in Edinburgh and has offices in London and Derby, has also rebranded to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
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Vert Rotors unveils breakthrough low-vibration nano compressor at IMTS 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Compressor manufacturer Vert Rotors today unveiled the world’s smallest low-vibration, clean air compressor at the International Manufacturing Trade Show in Chicago, following recent successful testing to prove readiness for production.

The VERT.04.W ‘nano’ compressor represents a breakthrough in engineering, producing clean, oil-free air compressed to 115 psi compared to current small industry-standard rotors that struggle to produce more than 32 psi.

Developed in response to global consumer demand, Vert’s micro compressors operate with minimal vibration and noise and use water-injection rather than machine oil, eliminating environmental threats or possibility of oil contamination.
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Competing with Ireland for tech business

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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Calum Lamont, Director, Farrpoint

In 2009/10 Scotland was in the running for becoming Microsoft’s European hub to provide Cloud services. When they settled on Ireland research was commissioned to look into the reasons why. The rumour mill had created a number of theories including the lack of infrastructure in Scotland and a deficit of skilled tech employees.

The report showed that Scotland has very well established infrastructure with a talent pool that continues to grow. More recently, the amount of support and focus placed on encouraging young people into the tech sector sets the nation apart from much of Europe.
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