Our penultimate Scottish EDGE Semifinal takes place in Edinburgh (Tues 9th May) with another accomplished batch of potential finalists. The hopeful businesses will be pitching their innovative business plans to a judging panel made up of highly respected leaders and innovators.
Those who successfully pitch their way to the next stage will take to the stage at the live Scottish EDGE Round 10 Final, to be held on 22nd June 2017 at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn campus (grab a ticket here), with the chance to win up to £100,000 funding and business support.
Let’s meet the judges…
Hugh Lightbody | COSLA
Hugh Lightbody is Chief Officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, COSLA. A strong, dynamic and charismatic leader and manager with considerable experience of national and local service delivery in a public sector context. Passionately committed to public service in Scotland, customer focused and with a strong commitment to, and experience of, working collaboratively and in partnership. Able to inspire, motivate and energise teams, individuals, partners and stakeholders.
Dave Hanley | Dell
Dave Hanley is Dell EMC’s Programme Lead for Entrepreneurial Spark. Dell EMC is the technology partner to Entrepreneurial Spark.
Dave started as a trainee coding with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in the mid-80s and quickly found his talents were more valuable in technology business development, sales and marketing. He moved into the technology industry supply-side with companies such as Oracle, Atos and Dell EMC. Previous roles have included programme manager, account director and financial services business development director. Dave also spent 4 years working with a successful business consulting start-up.
In the past year Dave has worked with a wide variety of early stage Entrepreneurial Spark businesses – identifying ways to leverage the Dell EMC ecosystem to support business acceleration.
Teri Jamieson | Royal Bank of Scotland
Teri is a Research Consultant within RBS’s Innovation department. Her role includes developing original thought leadership on disruptive technology trends and the associated strategic impacts that they bring – translating technology into business. Active research areas include Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain), Digital, Cloud, APIs, Biometrics, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
Previous roles within RBS have included Customer Experience Manager for Business Banking Scotland and Operational Effectiveness Manager for Internal Audit.
Teri holds a first class MA (hons) degree in Management and Business Law.
Jack Waring | Investing Women
Jackie is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping other entrepreneurs.
Having set up her own company in 2003, Jackie has run 3 companies, including a turnaround 50 employee business, and she has served on multiple boards.
At 25 Jackie was the youngest CEO in the UK enterprise sector. Learning from some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs on her Board, she quickly developed a ‘can do’ approach to business and leading change. This approach earned her the title Scottish Young Career Woman of the Year and a finalist Entrepreneur of the Year, along with several other awards.
Jackie led the Access to Finance for Women Agenda for the UK government as an external advisor which led to a passionate interest to increase the UKs level of Women Angels; recognising this as a major market opportunity. She was also appointed the UK’s first Advisory Board Member to the Global Banking Alliance for Women, based in Washington DC.
Mike Allan | Lending Crowd
Mike Allan is Director of Operations at Scotland’s only peer to peer lending business, LendingCrowd. Founded in 2014, LendingCrowd has grown from humble beginnings to be one of only a few platforms to be granted full FCA authorisation and is establishing itself as a fintech innovator. LendingCrowd works in partnership with Scottish Enterprise lending to small and medium sized businesses and to date, it has lent over £11M, giving its lenders returns of around 8%. It expects to more than double its loanbook each year.
Mike graduated from University of Aberdeen with a first class Electronic Engineering degree. He started his career with Vision Consulting as a business change consultant where he rose through the ranks to help start-up its US business based in New York. Following his return to the UK, he headed up the eCommerce team at GE Capital, leading projects to revolutionise GE’s customer and partner engagement around digital channels. Before LendingCrowd, Mike was COO of Sumerian Europe, an innovative technology business helping large enterprises manage their growing data centres.
Outside work, Mike is a husband and father to three children, and when the moon is blue, he crams in as much sport as possible including golf, tennis, and football.