Left to right are Steve Ewing of Informatics Ventures and Brian Smillie of Beezer ( by Stewart Attwood)
Left to right are Steve Ewing of Informatics Ventures and Brian Smillie of Beezer ( by Stewart Attwood)

Scottish startup wins top European tech pitch award

Scottish startup Beezer, a site which allows DIY mobile app development, has won the top pitch award at NOAH London.

Announced yesterday, the award means the Brian Smillie-founded venture will join Europe’s leading startups at NOAH Berlin on 22-23 June and the chance to meet and pitch to many of the world’s leading tech investors.

Informatics Ventures, Scotland’s technology entrepreneur support programme, partnered with NOAH London last year for the first time and took ten of Scotland’s most promising early stage companies to the UK’s capital as part of its year-round series of EIE (‘Engage, Invest, Exploit’) events which also included EIE China in 2016.

NOAH London is viewed as the UK’s top tech investor event and June’s Berlin showcase is one of Europe’s premier events to bring startups together with investors and advisers and has led to hundreds of millions of follow-on investment being secured.

Brian Smillie, CEO and founder of Beezer, said: “Working in the groundbreaking progressive app technology space has been exciting and extremely rewarding. The team at Informatics Ventures really understand our needs and have delivered whenever required and the EIE relationship has led to winning first place to exhibit on the main stage at NOAH Berlin. Support for new start-ups is essential and Steve Ewing and the team have been a fantastic support in this arena.”

Dr Steve Ewing, Director of Operations at Informatics Ventures, said: “It’s great to see a Scottish company take the top award at EIE London at NOAH in 2016. At Informatics Ventures, we’re committed to supporting Scotland’s most exciting technology companies and, above all, to help founding teams make the connections that transform their chances of success on the international stage.”

The Engage Invest Exploit, or EIE, series has run since 2008 and has been a springboard to over £400 million in funding with FanDuel, Celtic Renewables, Mallzee, Two Big Ears and MindMate just a few of the startups to have come through the Informatics Ventures-run programme in recent years. This year’s cohort of startups include Beezer, Organised Health, a health tech startup that deploys cutting-edge robotics technology and a sports tech venture, Global Rugby Network, who combine software with wearables and count international rugby union associations among its client base.

Informatics Ventures is supported by Scottish Enterprise and corporate sponsors Johnston Carmichael, Marks & Clerk, MBM Commercial, RBS, Scottish Equity Partners and Talent Spark.