Posts Tagged ‘tech’

SEP announces close of new technology-focused fund

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), the venture capital firm behind some of the UK’s most exciting high growth technology companies, today announces that it has raised £260 million for its latest limited partnership fund, SEP V.

The new fund, which was above target and over-subscribed, will be invested in high growth companies based mainly in the UK, although investments in companies in other European countries will also be targeted.
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One Father of the Internet, 250 Teenagers and 40 Women on a Roof. Just Another Day in the Life of Hot Tin Roof.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Vint Cerf at ScotSoft2013

ScotSoft 2013

Last month, we landed the job of handling the PR for one of the biggest events in Scotland’s tech calendar, ScotlandIS ScotSoft.

With the Father of the Internet and four of Silicon Valley’s most powerful female entrepreneurs on the line-up, this was going to be big!

The Hot Tin Roof phones rang off the hook with requests for interviews in the run up to the event.  And with only two interview slots to offer, this is probably the first and last time I will ever have to say ‘sorry, no can do’ to BBC Newsnight.

The Next Web and Computer Weekly got those coveted interview slots, but we also managed to find time for the BBC to film an interview with Vint which was broadcast on Drive Time and Reporting Scotland that evening.

Scotland On Sunday and Business Quarter scooped interviews with Heidi Roizen, and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland covered the schools debate.

Women on the Roof

Scotland's female entrepreneurs on the roof of Informatic Ventures

The day itself started with 40 women on the roof of Informatic Ventures to celebrate the role of women in technology.  The Scotsman sent a photographer and we were there to chaperone the businesswomen and hold the photographers’ ladders.

After the photoshoot, we quickly grabbed a taxi to take us to the main event.  Arriving at the Sheraton Grand we rushed in to catch Vint Cerf’s school debate.

A question and answer session with 250 Scottish high school students, this was a true meeting of minds between a man in his 70s and a room full of teenagers who have never known a world without Internet.

Meanwhile back in the office it was a hive of activity as we pitched the Young Engineer of the Year press release to news desks, arranged more interviews, wired pictures to every paper in the country and jumped from one deadline to another.

And of course, after the conference was over, it was on to the awards ceremony at The National Museum of Scotland.  Vint was there again to award the Young Engineer of the Year Awards, guests appeared in all their finery and the evening went on into the wee small hours.

It was a long day, one that I am proud to have been part of, and above all it was a great team effort to make Scotsoft 2013 such a massive success.

My favourite moment?  Being retweeted by @GoogleGlass when we let slip Vint had left his own Google Glasses back in his apartment. 

e-Placement Scotland in the news

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A campaign to rapidly raise awareness and create a high profile media presence for e-Placement Scotland over the Easter holiday with the ultimate aim of helping to drive recruitment during the 2012 Summer vacation.

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, E&T magazine, 24 May 2012.

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, Scotland on Sunday, 13 May 2012.

New initiative launched for IT interns, The Journal, 26 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Skills 4 Gov & Business, 19 April 2012.

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Netimperative, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Public Service, 11 April 2012.

E-placements Scotland launches “LETS GET PAID” initiative for students, Student Times, 10 April 2012.

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2012.

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Microscope, 4 April 2012.

www.e-placementscotland.com


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