What better way to celebrate the opening of Scottish EDGE Round 15 than to welcome Evelyn McDonald, their CEO.
Evelyn oversaw the spin out of the competition in Autumn 2014 to the private sector led Scottish EDGE C.I.C funded by RBS, Scottish Government, the Hunter Foundation and private donors as well as a myriad of successes in her early career.
About this event
Supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurial talent in Scotland is essential for driving forward new, innovative ideas and inspiring others to invest in the startup community. What better way to delve into the various ins and outs of pitching and investing than to join Evelyn McDonald CEO of Scottish EDGE.
A perfect opportunity to discuss any tips and strategies for making it through the rigorous Scottish EDGE Rounds as well as hearing about the many successes from previous winners and entrants.
Evelyn McDonald (Scottish EDGE)
Evelyn McDonald is the CEO of Scottish EDGE. Previously run by Scottish Enterprise for four rounds, Evelyn oversaw the spin out of the competition in Autumn 2014 to the private sector led Scottish EDGE C.I.C funded by RBS, Scottish Government, the Hunter Foundation and private donors.
To date Scottish EDGE has awarded over £14 million to 369 businesses in Scotland. The introduction of lending to the winners in Round 5 – Scottish EDGE prizes are 60:40 loan and grant – has created a revolving loan fund to support future applicants. In addition, the small team of seven have introduced mentoring, alumni events, training, a business support package to winners and the EDGE Pledge.
Prior to joining the EDGE in November 2014, Evelyn had a long career at the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, and latterly the Prince’s Trust. In 2002, she helped set up and run a successful growth fund which assisted over 300 Trust-supported businesses, including BrewDog, Trtl and Aircraft Medical, providing access to loans of up to £25k and follow-on support.
Evelyn is also a board member at the Scottish Design Exchange and an assessor of the Small Business Charter Award.