Digitising the Planet with Innovation and Connectivity - Allan Cannon

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 5:00 – 8:00 PM UTC

We're delighted to be officially relaunching our Glasgow Chapter this summer and what better way to start than with a fireside chat Allan Cannon, CEO & Co-founder of one of Scotland's most highly anticipated and exciting tech Startups! We'll also be at the brand new Barclays Campus in Tradeston, so what better place to kick-off our new series of GLA events. See you there?

About this event

Digitising the Planet with Innovation and Connectivity, Allan Cannon, R3 - IoT Co-Founder & CEO

Wednesday June 29th, 6 - 9pm

Startup Grind Glasgow is back in business! We're excited to bring our community back together at the new Barclays Campus this month and pick up right where we left off with more inspirational fireside conversations with local founders, more opportunities to meet friends old and new, and more support to take your first steps into the startup grind. 

We couldn't have found a better speaker for our re-entry into the fold: Allan Cannon, Co-Founder and CEO of R3-IOT, one of Scotland's most highly anticipated and exciting tech startups!

The world is more connected now than ever before. Fibre cables line our pavements, bringing the sum of human knowledge to the tips of our fingers. If we have learned anything in the past two years, it's that we can work from anywhere, anytime - and the way we work will only become more remote in the future.

But what about places that fibre cables haven't been laid or satellites don't yet reach? Who's thinking about the astronauts on the International Space Station and how they can scroll through TikTok before bed, too?

Enter R3-IOT. After 15 years in the space industry, working on projects alongside NASA, Allan and Co-Founder and Kevin Quillien saw an opportunity to connect the world - from the fish farms in the Scottish Highlands to digital health monitoring. All of which will help service the 90% of the planet that lacks traditional communications infrastructure.

Join us on Wednesday June 29th as explore what it takes to digitise the planet with Allan, we'll dive into R3-IOT's story concerning:

  • Opportunities for Scottish companies to commercialise on the space race alongside SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb
  • Raising investment in the US and building an international advisory team
  • Accelerators in Scotland and the US
  • Prioritising mental health in the startup journey
  • The future of connectivity
  • Finding your product-market fit

How to attend

We're so excited to be back in person for our Chapter relaunch with our friends and new Glasgow residents at the Barclays Tradeston Campus on the Clyde.

Barclays Glasgow Campus

Wildmillcroft Building (Agora Room)

4 Clyde Pl


G5 8DP

[Speaker] Allan Cannon (R3 - IoT)

Allan Cannon is the Co-Founder and CEO of UK-based SpaceTech scale-up R3-IoT, and has a passion for creating technology that solves real problems.

Setting the commercial direction across the business, Allan leads a highly skilled team of technical, engineering, operations, and sales professionals. He also led the company’s recent $4.3m seed round, securing UK and North American investors, has more than doubled headcount in the last 12 months, and is now focused on global expansion in 2022.

Allan is highly experienced in delivering complex multi-million defence and aerospace projects and spent more than 10 years’ in the defence and aerospace industry across advanced technology, R&D, design and operations.

Allan is a keen advocate for the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and leaders, and currently sits on the board of CodeClan, a digital bootcamp accelerator.

[Host] Emma Loedel (SG Scotland)

Newly appointed Glasgow Chapter Director has been volunteering with Startup grind since 2019 and is now working with the team to relaunch the Glasgow chapter. Emma has a science and engineering background and got her first taste of the start-up environment in Bogota, Colombia whilst working in prosthetics clinics. Since then Emma has built on her international experience and embedded herself in the Glasgow & Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Her passion for tech and innovation has led to her current role as business development manager at tech start-up Novosound, which works across the industrial, medical and wearable sector. Emma brings a new perspective to the Startup Grind Scotland team and is excited to showcase many vibrant founder stories across the city.

Why attend?

- Celebrate the relaunch of the GLA chapter!

- Dive deep into the world of IoT

- Learn what it takes to scale to a team of 30+

- Connect with peers in a casual setting

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Pizzas from the local bakery and drinks included

- Share an ask or a project you’re excited for with the community

What you need to know!

What: Digitising the Planet with Innovation and Connectivity, Allan Cannon

When: 29th June

Time: 6.00 - 9.00pm

Where: In person at Barclays Eagle Labs

Agora Room,

Wildmillcroft Building

4 Clyde Pl


G5 8DP

Bonus Extras: Partner offers, interactive Q&A and a chance to win a special prize via our Twitter competition!

Check out what happened



Wednesday, June 29, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM UTC

Venue map


5:00 PMNetworking + Food & Drink!
6:00 PMFireside Chat w/ Allan Cannon
6:45 PMLive Q&A
7:00 PMMore Networking + Food & Drink!


  • Emma Loedel

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Director Startup Grind Glasgow

  • Nick Murray

    Startup Grind Scotland

    Co-Director Startup Grind Scotland

  • Caro Melendez

    Head of Operations

  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland