Start-ups to plant seeds of growth at Deloitte Greenhouse
Four of Scotland’s most disruptive start-ups are set to pitch their ideas on how to transform the way industries work at the first event to be held at Deloitte’s new Edinburgh Greenhouse incubator.
Ahoi, a health and wellbeing app developer; Saccade Diagnostics; a university spin-out which enhances clinicians’ ability to evaluate and manage patients with psychiatric disorders; Castlight Financial, which provides financial retailers with a range of digital tools, and Pixey, an online stock image marketplace, will present to a panel of business leaders at the centre’s inaugural Disrupt the Enterprise event on April 25.
The expert panel is set to include investors, venture capitalists, incubators and academics, such as Graeme Malcolm OBE, CEO and Founder of M Squared Lasers; George Elliot, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of multiple organisations, and Vimi Grewal-Carr, Managing Partner for Innovation at Deloitte.
Previous Disrupt the Enterprise events have been held at Deloitte’s London and Belfast locations but this is the first time the competition will be held in Scotland.
Each of the four start-ups will be tested on their ability to make a significant change to the way industries work, their potential for growth, and the originality of their idea.
The winner will receive a three-month secondment from Deloitte’s consulting practice, with ongoing mentoring from the wider team. Two runners-up will have access to the firm’s Propel service, a cloud-hosted accountancy tool designed to help SMEs grow.
Deloitte’s Jonathan Meddes said: “Disruption is the buzzword of the moment in technology circles, but it captures just how much these companies are changing the world of business. Traditional industries are seeing unprecedented levels of transformation through the introduction of crowdsourcing, fintech, robotics, process automation, and cognitive intelligence, to name just a few of the technological trends sweeping across the economy.
“The four finalists at Disrupt the Enterprise are at the forefront of these developments, changing the way businesses, and entire sectors, operate. We received an overwhelming number of applications, which made it a tough choice.
“Nevertheless. It’s encouraging to see such a hotbed of activity in Scotland, with an ecosystem that is producing some of the most ambitious young companies in the UK – we have the skills, demographics, and solid grounding to take our potential even further.”
Bruce Walker of WeAreTheFuture added: “Initiatives like Disrupt the Enterprise are excellent facilitators of collaboration between start-ups and corporates – both types of business have a great deal of knowledge and experience to share with one another.
“Scottish start-ups are at the forefront of change in global markets and, working with some of the country’s more established businesses, there is an unprecedented opportunity for them to shape the future of our economy.”