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Friday, 26 February 2010

Edinburgh's Inspiring Hi-Tech Breakfast Network

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Just back from the first of what I'm sure will be many "last Friday of the month" business breakfast networking sessions, bringing together Edinburgh’s inspiring hi-tech people, organisations and their support communities.

Emulating a successful project in Cheshire, the Edinburgh Science Triangle team have started pulling together Edinburgh’s most dynamic hi-tech individuals from all sectors.

25 people turned up for this first meeting and the level of buzz around the room was palpable. Apparently the Cheshire initiative grew from 20 and now over 100 regularly attend and it is the network of choice for anyone in the IT and technology sectors in the area. Major collaborations have spun out of that network and it's hoped that this will happen in Edinburgh.

There was a real spread of technologies there today, everything from opto electronics to pharma and life sciences, through to IT. Plus key support players.

They meet at Heriot-Watt University at 8-9.30am on the last Friday of the month for relaxed but high-intensity knowledge sharing. Breakfast and the event are free but places are limited, so registration is essential - see the new website - it's in beta and you may have to scroll down for the events. They include a whole series of events to make more of Edinburgh's leading position in science and technology research and innovation, such as:

March 11, Innovation Workshop 6: How business relationships help or hinder innovation at Pentlands Science Park

March 12, Innovation Workshop 7: The Accidental Leader at Heriot-Watt Research Park

March 15, Technology Strategy Board: Investing in Scottish Innovation, George Hotel.

March 15, Beermat Entrepreneur Masterclass with Mike Southon, Pentlands Science Park

March 17, Life Sciences Regional Roadshow, Our Dynamic Earth

March 26, Business Breakfast at Heriot Watt

March 29, Start-up Creation in the Field of Microsystems, Heriot-Watt Research Park

April 13, Edinburgh Science Triangle at the Festival: Edinburgh Firsts, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh

April 30, Business Breakfast at Heriot Watt

The events series involves:

  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Edinburgh Science Triangle
  • Institute for System Level Integration
  • Nexxus Edinburgh hub in partnership with Edinburgh Science Triangle
  • Office for Life Sciences
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • UK Trade & Investment

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