At St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD we are bringing together small businesses, investors, IFAs, entrepreneurs and business advisers — all in one place to hear expert opinion from SME industry experts.

The event is split into two parts – a technical seminar, followed by a networking reception.

The seminar is 4pm registration for 4.30pm start till 5.45pm at The Edinburgh Grand, 42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD.

The networking reception is 6pm till 7.30pm next door at RBS/Dundas House, 36 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD.


4.30 Welcome from Ana Stewart, Eos Advisory

4.35 Update on the early-stage market and recent commitments in Scotland, Barry McCulloch, British Business Bank

4.45 Investing in Innovation through the S/EIS, Neil Norman, CT

4.55 Integrating S/EIS into your investment deal, Laura Peachey, MBM

5.05 Panel Discussion: Under the bonnet with the Fund Managers, Chair Jo Forster from NatWest, Claire Cramm from Par Equity, Tim Dickens from Octopus, Mark Beaumont from Eos

5.25 Journey of a Start-up with Founder Ishani Malhotra, Carcinotech

5.35 Closing remarks, Christiana Stewart-Lockhart, EISA

5.40 Move to reception and networking


Ready Steady Grow Edinburgh – sign up here


Here’s an overview of this year’s entire series of Ready Steady Grow! events:

Edinburgh (29 Aug), Birmingham (20 Sep), Cardiff (27 Sep), Bristol (28 Sep), Manchester (4 Oct), Leeds (10 Oct), Cambridge (11 Oct), Newcastle (17 Oct), Belfast (19 Oct), Oxford (2 Nov)

If you have any queries or would like to attend please contact Mary Rodgers on



Who should attend this event?

Entrepreneurs looking to start a business, or access funding to take your business to its next level

Wealth managers looking to gain knowledge and expertise in EIS and small company investing

Investors looking to invest in the ‘Next big thing’

Professional Advisors who want to help SMEs develop and grow.

Will refreshments be provided?

Drinks and canapés will be provided


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