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Alba Incubation to Showcase Fresh Batch of Startups at YCF 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Alba Incubation Service, a Scottish Enterprise funded project, is set to highlight the talent and innovation its clients have to offer at the annual Young Company Finance conference.

Now entering its 14th year, Young Company Finance seeks to bring together entrepreneurs and investors through a series of talks from industry professionals – investors, analysts and advisers. As part of the conference, around 20 early stage companies are to exhibit through the Young Company Showcase.

Five of Alba’s clients will present their exceptional business ideas to potential investors for the first time at this year’s event on Wednesday 17 September. Codbod, Bizvento, Ibisvision, iWise2 and PingGo will all look to demonstrate their business potential and ambition to a variety of investors in the hope of creating new partnerships and attracting investment support.

Ibisvision was set up in 2014 to complete the development of a unique software programme. The resulting application; RingOfSight, is used by optometrists, eye surgeons and hospital clinics to aid in the diagnosis and follow-up care of patients with glaucoma.

Responding to the increased desire for digitisation of business conferences, Bizvento have built an integrated event management platform. The programme provides organisers with tools for mobile content delivery, audience engagement and attendee networking both before and after the event.

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How to Tell a Lie: JCI Edinburgh to host “A Night of Tall Tales”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 6.00pm – 8.30 pm

Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ           

JCI Edinburgh will next Wednesday host an open event providing young professionals with an opportunity to network and test their communication skills in a fun competitive environment.

The event, which is completely free and open to non-members, will provide attendees with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills whilst finding out more about the work of JCI.

The evening will be split in two, with the first hour providing an informal welcome for non-members who would like to find out more about JCI and the benefits a membership provides. At 7pm the tension will heat up with a competition: A Night of Tall Tales. Participants will be given 3-5 minutes to tell the audience a story that will either be true or fabricated, with the audience then judging whether the story is true or false. The winner will be the competitor receiving the most votes contrary to the factual stance of their story. Both members and non-members will be able to sign up in advance to participate and it will provide a lighthearted environment for competitors to develop their public speaking confidence.

The organiser of the event, JCI Edinburgh’s current President Leeanne Bradley hopes the competitive element of the event will encourage non-members to come along and find out more about what JCI can offer.

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Need to cut patient readmissions? There’s an app for that

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Aridhia transforms Nuffield’s re-admission risk model, into an online app designed to reduce number of patients readmitted to hospital within 30 days

A new app for doctors could help them improve patient outcomes and ease the budgets of NHS England hospitals by predicting the risk of readmissions.

Since 2011, over £390 million has been withheld from English hospital budgets under a policy that penalises the hospital if a person is readmitted within 30 days.

But with the new app it will take doctors less than two minutes to predict a risk of readmission that may be avoided if an intervention is deployed accordingly, potentially saving their hospital thousands of pounds as well as improving patient outcomes.

The app – PARR30 Community Edition – which is being made available through Aridhia’s Community Programme, calculates risk through a predictive mathematical model developed by the Nuffield Trust using an anonymised 10% sample of all NHS England hospital admissions between April 2008 and 2009.

Easy to use in real-time and by the bedside, the app processes 17 pieces of information that can be obtained from hospital information systems or from the patient’s notes. These include their date of birth (to calculate age), detail on recent admissions, and diagnosis of any major health conditions (these include eleven major health conditions drawn from the Charlson co-morbidity index).

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Aridhia provides platform and support for ground breaking NHS data exploration event

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Data scientists from health informatics company Aridhia will be in London this week to provide expert advice and support at one of the largest collaborative NHS data exploration events ever held.

The Data Challenge Day, hosted by the Waltham Forest, East London and City integrated care pioneer site, aims to demonstrate the power of joined-up data and collaboration. Insights gained from the event will be shared with the contributing organisations leading to the delivery of better care pathways for patients in East London and more effective commissioning decisions.

Aridhia will also provide support through the deployment of AnalytiXagility, its cloud-based collaborative data science platform and safe haven. Scalable and secure, it is pre-loaded with the latest analytical tools and technologies to enable analysis of complex datasets in multi-disciplinary teams.

The challenge will link data from almost 200 NHS organisations, including GPs and hospitals, covering a third of London. The Aridhia data science team, consisting of eight highly experienced informatics experts, will work directly with analysts, clinicians, commissioners, and care providers, to undertake ‘hands on investigation’ of the data and identify previously unseen trends and stories.

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SEP Launches Infrastructure Fund

Monday, September 1st, 2014

£135 million raised to invest in UK energy projects
GLASGOW (UK), 1 September 2014 – Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) announces that it has raised £135 million for a new infrastructure fund to invest in UK-based clean energy projects.
The Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) has been backed by SSE plc, the FTSE 100 energy company, as well as a syndicate of financial investors led by Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds.
The fund has been anchored with the acquisition of an existing SSE infrastructure business (SSE Pipelines), which provides low pressure gas connections for residential and commercial customers across the UK.
SEP will use the balance of the fund to invest in a diversified portfolio of new, UK-based, clean energy infrastructure projects – such as hydro power, energy efficiency, heat pumps and district heating schemes.
The UK clean energy infrastructure market is growing rapidly, with a substantial requirement for new capital. Demand for capital is driven by the need to replace ageing traditional power assets, to increase the cost competitiveness of renewable power, and the requirement for increased security of energy supply.
ECF marks the first move into the infrastructure market for SEP, but complements the Environmental Energies Fund (EEF) launched in 2011, which acquired a portfolio of venture capital and private equity cleantech investments from SSE.
SEP has recruited a new team to manage the fund, headed by existing SEP partner Gary Le Sueur.

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PR Masterclass for Award Winning Startup

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

We were excited to welcome Dr James Prendergast into Hot Tin Roof this week for media training. Back in June, James won the first ever Edinburgh University post-doc Enterprise Award for his start-up, Dipodo.

Part of his prize was a one-to-one training with our Director – Sarah Lee – to help him learn the practical skills that will help him launch Dipodo and get to market.

A researcher in biomedicine and specifically, the study of genome and epigenome evolution and their relevance to disease, PR and marketing was uncharted territory for James.

Anyone working in biomedical research has to keep on top of new research published every month in a myriad of articles. James knows first hand the difficulty of trawling through life-science journals, trying to find relevant articles in a sea of irrelevance.

He told us that, currently, there are a whopping one million plus articles across 25,000 journals – so finding useful information is tremendously tricky, not to mention tedious!

Spying a gap in the market, James has developed Dipodo, a free online tool that allows users to create their own personalised research journal with tailored searches to suit their unique areas of interest.

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JCI Edinburgh to Host Referendum Debate for Young Professionals

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 6.00pm – 9.00 pm

English Speaking Union Scotland, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ           
With less than five weeks to go until the referendum, JCI Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square Club is hosting a debate on Scottish Independence that specifically seeks to address the concerns of young people in business.

Featuring speakers from both sides of the campaign, the event aims to equip young professionals with the facts they need in order to make an informed decision on the 18th of September. The panel will feature a variety of young business professionals and will give attendees the chance to gain answers to their burning questions.

The event, which is completely free and is open to non-members, will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to gain clarity on the issues that particularly affect them.

The evening will be split in two, starting with a debate featuring members of JCI Edinburgh. The second part will centre around a panel discussion with the opportunity for questions from the floor, featuring journalist Ian Fraser, Iain McGill of Harmony Employment and Scottish debating champion Paul Stretton.

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To See Oursels in the news

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

To See Oursels is a touring season of films featuring a director’s cut of Scottish history, culture and identity. Combining a range of classic Scottish films and rarely screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions, the season shines a spotlight on Scottish identity – from the heroic to the gritty – and on how Scotland has understood itself on screen over the last four decades.

Janice Forsyth interviews John Byrne and Jonny Murray, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 Aug 2014

Moving documentary charting Scots through the ages gets Aberdeen debut, The Press and Journal, 27 Aug 2014

Scotland Film Event Highlights – August 2014, The Skinny, August 2014

Tuesday in Edinburgh – what’s on today, The Edinburgh Reporter, 19 August 2014

Teenage Kicks, To See Oursels: this week’s new film events, The Guardian, 02 Aug 2014

Season preview, Emerald Street, 01 Aug 2014

King Creosote interview, STV Online, 27 Jul 2014

Local Hero director for classic film event, Inverness Courier, 25 Jul 2014

New season offers chance To See Oursels on screen, Reel Scotland, 24 Jul 2014

The Neil Drysdale Interview: Renaissance man John Byrne, STV, 20 Jul 2014

Film season offers Scots the chance To See Oursels on screen

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Audiences across Scotland are invited to watch the director’s cut of Scottish history, culture and identity this summer as touring film season ‘To See Oursels’ hits the road.

Combining a range of classic Scottish films and rarely screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions, the season shines a spotlight on Scottish identity – from the heroic to the gritty – and on how Scotland has understood itself on screen over the last four decades.

To See Oursels will visit six venues across Scotland, spanning Inverness to Dumfries. Screenings kick off at Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday 3 August with Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero, which will be introduced by the season’s curator, Dr Jonny Murray of Edinburgh College of Art.

Fans of the much beloved film will also be treated to Q&A sessions with the director. Taking place after the screenings in Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh, Bill Forsyth will join the audience to explore the film’s comic subversion of a wide range of Scottish stereotypes.
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Free for Startups: SocialBro Helps David Beat Goliath On Twitter

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

SocialBro, the Twitter analytics, marketing and management platform for business, is giving startups and small businesses a helping hand with the launch of a free forever package. From today, users with a Twitter community of 5000 or less will be able to access SocialBro’s powerful tools through the new Free Cloud plan and analyze and act on Twitter data to grow, engage and monetize their audience.

SocialBro is one of only two members of the prestigious Twitter Certified Program (alongside complementary Twitter client Hootsuite) to offer free access to a product providing analytics and action capability. It combines real time actionable data with the power to deliver and manage campaigns, harnessing the amazing potential of Twitter as a marketing channel to deliver high impact results across a range of metrics.

Javier Burón, SocialBro’s co-founder and CEO, says: “With more and more consumers demanding a truly personalized experience, Twitter has created a level playing field where small businesses can take on global brands. Many small companies are incredibly creative in using Twitter to attract new customers and SocialBro’s new free option is the final piece of the puzzle, enabling them to leverage their online community and use SocialBro with Twitter to drive their growth.”
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