#EIE19: That’s a wrap

Last week, our associate director and resident tech expert, Hannah Tulloch, went along to this year’s Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) event to meet some of Scotland’s most promising tech start-ups changing the business and consumer landscape. Let’s hear what she has to say about #EIE19…

Tech is changing the face of how we do pretty much everything… whether that’s how we manage our health, how we book a restaurant or even how we invest and manage our money. 

So, one of the many things that drew me to work in Edinburgh was its exploding tech scene. It’s set to become the digital capital of Europe because of its unique mix of entrepreneurs, investors and inventors, as well as being home to some of the world’s biggest (and bad ass!) tech companies out there.

Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) is all about showcasing the innovative and data-driven tech companies that are emerging from Scotland. It’s helping to put the country on the map for technology innovation, so I couldn’t let it go by without a visit… and it certainly didn’t disappoint. With over 50 companies pitching, it was pretty difficult to highlight just a few, but here goes…


Health tech was without doubt one of the main themes to emerge from this year’s EIE. With multiple health tech companies pitching for investment, including Cognihealth, which is pioneering personalised dementia care and Alli-chat, focused on helping young people understand their mental health, it was difficult to highlight just one. 

But perhaps the most impressive pitch of the day came from Mywaydigitalhealth. It’s a data driven platform that supports patient self-management of diabetes and provides automated advice, reducing costly complications like heart attacks, strokes and amputations. As is the case in so many sectors, technology is driving efficiency and change in an already overstretched healthcare industry and Mywaydigitalhealth embodied this more than any other company. 

Nu Blavck

Consumers are increasingly looking to make more sustainable choices, but when it comes to fashion it’s not always easy to find affordable ethical brands. As a direct to consumer brand and online marketplace for ethical fashion, Nu Blavck is using technology to do just that. 

Its platform connects independent designers and brands with customers to create an online destination for ethical fashion products. If you are looking to go sustainable, visit Nu Blavck.


It’s no secret the future of work is changing. A job for life is a thing of the past, as is sitting behind a desk 9-5. Gigly is taking advantage of this shift and has launched a platform that gives the growing flexible workforce a place to instantly find jobs.

With 5 million flexible workers in the UK, 10 million in the EU and 60 million in the US, it’s well positioned to take advantage of the gig economy…

Present Pal

As someone who feared public speaking more than most at university, this presentation support software certainly piqued my interest. Having realised that there was no direct or accessible solution for presentation anxiety, the founder, Chris Hughes, created Present Pal to assist individuals who struggle when presenting. 

A simple but effective tool helping thousands of students, Present Pal is now being used to support students in over 60 UK universities and has recently been announced as Microsoft’s first ever European AI for Accessibility grantee.


This company is changing the way we book sports clubs and facilities. Pitchbooking is an online platform that’s helping local providers, including football pitches and tennis courts, increase bookings and it’s also making the process a whole lot easier for players. 

So, if you’re part of a local football/hockey/cricket/netball/tennis team and in need of facilities, check out this company. Like many tech companies, it’s making what was a labour intensive and time-consuming task, simple, quick and easy. 

EIE was full of ambitious companies, each of which is challenging the norm and creating efficiencies across their respective sectors while creating new employment opportunities and making the Scottish economy stronger in the process. 

And Edinburgh is driving this. It already boasts successes including Skyscanner and Fanduel and with the backing of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, Edinburgh and Scotland’s wider technology sector is only going to get stronger, attracting more investment and more talent to the country. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the sector, that’s for sure.

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