An Edinburgh-based digital marketing consultancy whose clients span 28 countries and include power supplier Aggreko and telecoms giant EE is set to expand after netting seven-figure investment.
QueryClick, which aims to transform how effectively advertisers invest in digital marketing, is seeing its growth catalysed by investment of £2 million led by Scottish business angel investment group Archangels in partnership with the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.
QueryClick was founded in 2008 and has 54 staff, who manage more than £1 billion of client spend in 28 countries, and clients also include insurer Vitality. It will use the investment to recruit more analysts and sales staff – and to mount a “significant” marketing effort to accelerate its growth in what it says is a fast-developing sector.
A wearable tech firm has raised more than £4 million to bring its “game-changing” golfing offering to the US market. Mobile platform Kobiton raises $5m from BIP Capital.
Edinburgh-headquartered Shot Scope Technologies, which produces a GPS-based, performance-tracking golf watch, has raised $5m (£4.1m) capital to expand in the US, where it has already established relationships with retailers.
The funding round includes follow-on investment from the Scottish Investment Bank, Old College Capital – the in-house venture capital arm of the University of Edinburgh – and angel fund Equity Gap.
Using a one-team approach, the Barclay’s Eagle Lab in Scotland provides entrepreneurs access to mentoring, business and technology development. Resources not readily available anywhere else in the country.
Based in Edinburgh and in partnership with the technology incubator Codebase, Eagle Lab focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and development of innovative products. Using leading digital fabrication tools such as Laser Cutters and 3D Printers to enable rapid prototyping and testing.
I had an opportunity earlier this month to spend time with entrepreneurs and the team at Eagle Labs to get a first-hand demonstration of the technology available at the Lab.
ScotChain16 last year saw Edinburgh host a hugely successful event attended by over 200 leading global Blockchain experts and business leaders debating and challenging the hype, the reality and ultimately, the best use cases.
So where are we some twelve months on?
The conversation around Blockchain is rapidly changing. We’re only now starting to understand this technology’s real, practical and full potential, and this means that there is still much to discover and explore.
The buzz we experienced surrounding Blockchain technology has started to take a different tone and it is this different tone that ScotChain17 will explore.
Last year, the conversation in the main revolved around financial services. This year we will see subject matter and topics of discussion going far beyond the traditional or well-known use cases.
So… what next for Blockchain?
Scotland is at the heart of the answer to this question and with many Blockchain events focusing on the technology itself, we will ensure that this event switches this up to focus on real, tangible applications together with the underlying challenges and issues from real Blockchain experts and practitioners and those bloodied by the ‘Battle for Blockchain Talent’.
Add in to the mix that we will also be hosting several satellite activities styled around Hackathons, technical demonstrators and proofs of concept and ScotChain17 becomes the must attend event for 2017.
Whether you want to understand issues such as data integrity and privacy, scalability, consensus, collaboration and consortia, or want to know more about legal, ethical, moral and related practical considerations, come and hear from a global panel of subject matter experts and Blockchain industry leaders.
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