'Reverse' Pitch Party: Startup Accelerator Showcase & Mixer

Apr 17, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

The Bayes Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT

When you're building your startup, how do you know which accelerator is right for the problems you're facing, and the knowledge you need? To demystify what's on offer, we're teaming up with Geovation Scotland for an evening of 'reverse pitching' where we'll hear from some of Scotland's top accelerators, followed by an exclusive fireside chat with Janani Prabhakaran of Unbaggaged!

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About this event

'Reverse' Pitch Party: Startup Accelerator Showcase & Mixer

🔥 Feat. Fireside Chat with Janani Prabhakaran - Co-Founder of Unbaggaged

It's been quite a few years for all of us and at Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved using our platform to bring people together to share ideas, spark conversation, and bring a sense of familiarity since we started way back in 2014. It's our 10th anniversary this year, so plenty of reasons to make it extra special.

Since 2014 we've hosted 100s of events with some of the most entertaining and inspiring speakers/startups from Skyscanner to Current Health, taken 30 startup founders and leaders to Silicon Valley and Helsinki on funded immersive trips, and done what we can to showcase the incredible things going on in the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Speaking of which, we're delighted to be teaming up with Geovation Scotland to bring you a twist on a classic pitching event. Instead of welcoming founders on to the stage to share an 'ask' of the community, we're shining the spotlight on some of Scotland's best accelerators to show you what's on offer.

📅 Date: Wed 17th April, 2024

🕔 Time: 18:00 - 21:00

📍 Location: Bayes Centre Edinburgh

This is a rare opportunity to network with some of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs and support organisations. We'll be hearing 8x pitches from accelerators from across the country, followed by a fireside chat with Janani Prabhakaran of Unbaggaged, fresh off the back of her recent Dragons' Den appearance on the BBC.

🗣 Guest Speaker

Janani Prabhakaran is the founder of Unbaggaged; the world’s first on-demand luggage management network that collects, stores and transports bags for travellers to their chosen destination within a city. It works by connecting travellers with taxi drivers who can pick up and return the bags when needed, wherever is most convenient.

Janani has been featured in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch’ list, is a winner of Scottish EDGE, and recently featured on hit BBC One show Dragons' Den.

Accelerators/Support Orgs Pitching:

Geovation Scotland - the only support organisation specifically created for Location, Land and Property early stage startup companies in Scotland.

AccelerateHERa vibrant female founders network whose main aim is to amplify the work of talented female entrepreneurs.

Barclays Eagle LabsConnect, innovate, grow · Connecting the UK's entrepreneurial community.

Shell LiveWIRE ScotlandA growth impact programme for business owners and entrepreneurs ready to take their company to the next level.

LawtechUK - A Lawtech UK programme designed to help lawtech startups scale successfully, that won’t cost a penny.

Bayes Centre EdinburghThe Bayes Centre is a gateway to the University of Edinburgh for business and entrepreneurship.

STAC (Smart Things Accelerator) - Helping tech start-ups build companies ready for international success with an industry led 18 month programme.

KPMG TIUK - This is an opportunity to be recognised as one of the UK’s most successful technology innovators, with exclusive networking opportunities with like-minded peers and key influencers.

Event Highlights:

🔥 Fireside Chat:

Hear from Janani Prabhakaran, the founder of Unbaggaged; the world’s first on-demand luggage management network that collects, stores and transports bags for travellers to their chosen destination within a city. Fresh off the back of her Dragons' Den appearance, we'll be hearing about her experience so far growing a travel tech business in Scotland.

🎤 Quickfire 'Reverse' Pitches

We'll be hearing what some of Scotland's top accelerators have to offer through a quickfire round of pitches from their programme leaders.

🤝 Ecosystem Mixer:

Connect with fellow founders, investors, and industry experts in a relaxed but vibrant networking environment. Build valuable connections and explore opportunities to collaborate and propel your startup to new heights.

We are limited to 75 people in the room, so save your spot now, share with a friend, and get ready to learn from a true expert.

Why attend?

- Share 2024 wins & aspirations

- Hear from 8x of Scotland's top accelerators & support organisations

- Listen to an exclusive fireside chat with Janani Prabhakaran of Unbaggaged & Dragons Den

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Free drinks and delicious food

- Share an ask with the community

What you need to know:

What: 'Reverse' Pitch Party: Startup Accelerator Showcase & Mixer

When: Wed 17th April 2024

Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Where: Bayes Centre, UoE, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Bonus Extras: Free Food, Drink & Open Mic

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


Doors Open
Welcome & Quickfire Accelerator Pitches
Fireside Chat with Janani Prabhakaran (Founder, Unbaggaged)
Networking, Drinks & Nibbles


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    Startup Grind Scotland


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    Startup Grind Scotland


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    Head of Operations

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    Startup Grind Glasgow

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    Head of Marketing

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    Startup Grind Aberdeen

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    Startup Grind Scotland

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