Ian Ritchie CBE: Pioneering Tech Start-ups in Scotland

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 PM UTC

Startup Grind Strathclyde are delighted to welcome entrepreneur and investor Ian Ritchie OBE to the business school. Since forming OWL in 1984, Ian has helped to build Scotland as a centre for innovative high growth tech companies. He has personally invested in over 40 start-ups and served on the boards of Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Science Advisory Board.

About this event

Join us on February 7th for Startup Grind University of Strathclyde's first event of 2019 with Ian Ritchie CBE!

A long-time entrepreneur and investor, Ian Ritchie (CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS) founded OWL in 1984 which pioneered hypertext application development (a forerunner to the world wide web) and sold the company to Panasonic in 1989 for a seven figure sum. 

Since then he has been involved in over 40 start-up high-tech businesses, including Digital Bridges, Voxar, VIS Interactive, Sonaptic and Orbital. Currently, he serves as the non-executive Chairman of Tern plc, Computer Applications Service, and Krotos. He was Chairman of iomart Group plc from 2008-2018.

Ian is Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Vice President, Business of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He serves on the board of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Chairs the Board of Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh's Science Centre. He is a Trustee of the Saltire Foundation and The David Hume Institute. He was a board member of Channel 4 TV (2000-2006) and deputy Chairman of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2002-2011). He was awarded a CBE in the 2003 New Years Honours list for services to Enterprise and Education.  He has a degree in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University (1973) and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Robert Gordons, Abertay, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities.

Come along on February 7th to hear how Ian Ritchie helped pioneer early internet technology and turn Scotland into a hub for innovation. This event is not one to be missed!


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Thursday, February 7, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


5:30 PMNetworking and Refreshments
6:00 PMFireside Chat
7:00 PMNetworking