News from Investing Women: Book now for Ambition & Growth Conference 2018

News from our friends at Investing Women:

Book now! Investing Women Ambition & Growth Conference 2018

Ambition & Growth 2018 will inspire, motivate and inform. As a growth aspirational entrepreneur, business angel or a professional in a leadership role; you will hear inspirational speakers, participate in useful master classes and experience the ‘buzz’ of the live AccelerateHER pitch final.

Taking place on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March 2018, at the marvellous setting of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, this annual event is not to be missed. The conference will be followed by the Ambition & Growth Awards Dinner, featuring a very special guest ‘Dragon’.

Book before Friday 19 January to receive our special ‘Early Bird’ rate on day delegate rates, and join us in the evening for the glittering AccelerateHER Ambition & Growth dinner.


Visit Eventbrite here to find out more and book.

View their original mailer here

News from AccelerateHER: 5 Reason You Should Apply for AccelerateHER – closes 1st December

News from our friends at AccelerateHER:

5 Reason You Should Apply for AccelerateHER

Competition Closes December 1st

#Reason No. 1 – Prizes


The prize list is impressive and includes but is not limited to…


✔️ A combination of cash and in-kind support for each category winner


✔️ Major profile for your company: winners will be presented by a celebrity and sponsors

at the high profile AccelerateHER Awards Dinner 8 March 2018


✔️ As a winner you will have free access to the 2018 Ambition & Growth Conference

& AccelerateHER Awards Dinner:


✔️ 121 Clinic with specialists & professionals on key business topics


✔️ 121s with business angels


✔️ Mix with a vibrant community of investors and other founders


✔️ Access potential mentors and funding organisations


✔️ Significantly raise your business profile

#Reason No. 2 – More Chance of Winning


This year we have split the competition into categories instead of everyone competing for one title there are now 6 categories and there will be at least 6 winners.

  • Women in STEM
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Innovator
  • Education and Training
  • Student Award
  • Ambition Award

You can enter two categories per idea or business and full terms and information can be found here

#Reason No. 3 – Free Events


All entrants to the competition will be given FREE access to a range of events across Scotland such as:


✔️ Day with the Angels – Where you will be given guidance and feedback on your pitch/idea from our angels face to face)


✔️ Making it Concrete – Where you will work on your business proposition and outline to help provide a clear direction for where to go next.


✔️ Pitch Practice – Where you will practice your pitch and get valuable feedback from our angels.

#Reason No. 4 – AccelerateHER Bootcamp


All entrants will be invited to our exclusive 2 day AccelerateHER bootcamp held in the new year, this is still being developed and more details will follow shortly. This event is exclusively for AccelerateHER entrants.

#Reason No. 5 – It’s Easy To Apply

Applying couldn’t be simpler, all you need to do is submit a 1-2 min video outlining your idea. This doesn’t have to be edited professionally and can be done on your phone!

You can apply and upload your video here

If you have any questions just email or reply to this email.

Good luck!

News from ZoneFox: How to avoid ‘Amateur Hour’ in the wake of the Uber breach

News from our friends at ZoneFox:

Threat Mitigation: How to avoid ‘Amateur Hour’ in the wake of the Uber breach

The monumental fallout now underway from the Uber data breach in 2016 (!) has organisations as far as the eye can see frantically reassessing their security posture and ensuring that the risk to their own business-critical data is minimized.

The good news – that’s what a ZoneFox Risk Assessment will do for you. During a quick 2-week timeframe, you’ll get detailed, actionable insights into the effectiveness (or otherwise) of your security posture, and complete visibility of potentially anomalous behaviour around your data – so you can take the smart decisions around what needs to happen next:


  • Delivers 360º visibility into risk-exposed sensitive information
  • Tells you who’s doing what – where, when and how – with your data
  • Shows you where sensitive information is headed – on OR off your network
  • Identifies where you’re falling short of – and meeting – regulatory compliance.

The long and short of it? When you’re summoned to demonstrate what steps your team is taking to prevent becoming the next Uber, you look like the smart one.

Find out how secure you really are!

P.S. There’s some really great content on the ZoneFox website that can tell you lots about how to protect sensitive information against the insider threat, ransomware, malware – and much more. Dive in!

Firstport Announce Winners of their Social Innovation Competition

News from our chums at Firstport:

The Social Innovation Competition delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport, celebrates individuals and start up companies in Scotland using their creativity and imagination to solve pressing social issues, focusing in 2017 on the themes of culture, heritage and tourism.

The winning projects include: a project to restore an iconic community building, a business boosting ethical tourism in Scotland and an organic food producer. These are just some of the projects who have scooped awards in this national competition for their innovative ideas.

The winners were presented with their awards by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, at a reception held by Social Enterprise Scotland in the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 7 November). They receive £5000 each and tailored business support from Firstport.

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.

Full details of all the awards at More information on the Social Innovation Competition at

Investing Women’s Ambition Award open for entries!

The Investing Women Ambition Award is open for entries now until the 1st December!

Ambition is for early stage female led ideas (or start-ups) and comes with an impressive support package for winners.

This year they have split the competition into categories and all that’s needed to enter is a 1-2 min pitch video outlining the idea/business.


  • Women in STEM
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Innovator
  • Education and Training
  • Student Award
  • Ambition Award

Entry information can be found here

RBS: Female Festival, 12 December 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their Edinburgh HQ. You’re invited to meet their most influential female leaders. Come along and network with their best and brightest and get first hand experience of their diverse, inclusive culture.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to take part in:

  • A series of talks from female leaders both internal and external to RBS
  • Development workshops to build your entrepreneurial mindset – hosted by their expert partners from E-Spark
  • The chance to network with different areas of their business and connect with our top female talent
  • A look at the exciting work that women across RBS are driving and delivering
  • See what a career with RBS could mean for you!


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.


RBS: Insight Day, 27 November 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their RBS Edinburgh HQ and showing you what both Change and Business Solutions & Technology Solutions are all about! RBS have graduate and intern opportunities for both.

Don’t miss this chance to:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills with expert training from their Entrepreneurial
    Development Managers
  • Join a panel session with Edinburgh alumni and find out why they love their graduate
  • Network with senior managers, graduates and recruiters
  • Get first hand experience of their collaborative & customer centric culture
  • See how graduates from any degree discipline can use their skills and achieve success
  • Find out about their programmes and how RBS develops graduate talent


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.


RBS: Dine & Discover, various dates and locations – REGISTER NOW

RBS are hosting an invitation only dining experience, exclusively for students to find out more about their programmes.

They have graduate and intern opportunities across their business. You’ll spend an evening dining with some of the brightest minds at RBS. You’ll get to talk with their best graduates and their most experienced managers. You’ll find out about their opportunities, get a great insight into their culture and discover what a career at RBS will mean for you. This is a great chance to network, speak with and learn from the best.

  • Evening networking sessions from representatives across RBS business
  • University specific events plus a regional event open to any student living in and around Edinburgh (inc Napier and HW)
  • Some are bank wide and some are Technology specific
  • Students can apply via the website using the link below


Locations and dates in Scotland are:

Strathclyde Business School Foyer, 17 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of St Andrews, 18 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Edinburgh (venue TBC), 24 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Glasgow (venue TBC), 25 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here and filter on ‘Dine & Discover’.


We Are The Future and Datalab collaborate on Fireside Chat event 

We Are The Future are working with The Data Lab to put together a Fireside Chat with Chris Neumann, Venture Partner at 500 Startups at our office in Leith, Edinburgh on 7th July.

500 Startups in one of Silicon Valley’s most successful accelerator programmes, founded by Super Angel Dave McClure.

Chris is a big data veteran who cofounded DataHero (acquired by Cloudability), and was the first employee at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata).

Following the hugely successful DataFest earlier this year, Chris heard about the activity happening in Edinburgh and Scotland so is coming over for a few days.

We would love for you to join us at our office for a casual fireside chat with Chris and The Data Lab team. There is very limited space available unfortunately and only have 30 tickets available – if you’d like to join us can you please sign up here on Eventbrite.

Submissions Open for CivTech® 2.0!

CivTech® 2.0 submission deadline is Thursday 1st June 09:00am

The CivTech® 2.0 challenge application portal is now open on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)! You can access the application page in a few ways.

1) Click on a challenge image below and it will take you straight to the application page on PCS.

2) Go to the ‘how to apply section’ on our wiki and select the challenge for which you are applying.

3) Go to Public Contracts Scotland –> Browse notices –>  Advanced search (below further search options) and search ‘CivTech Challenge’.

Q&A Sessions

We will be live streaming Q&A sessions with the CivTech® 2.0 Challenge Sponsors via our YouTube channel. Details for these sessions are below. If you have any questions regarding the Challenges send them to

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