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Planning to bring onboard investment for the first time? Want to be more confident with your approach? Alba Innovation Centre is running an event to help you learn the ropes of engaging investors so you can knock their socks off. Don’t forget “Pitch Doctor” Bill Joos is also presenting on 23rd February at E-Club (details here), so you can be an investor engagement ninja by the end of the month. Thanks very much to Ian Stevenson for sending this event our way!

TIPS ON INITIAL INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT – 28th FEBRUARY 2011, 9:30am-1:30pm

Are you the Founder/MD/CEO of an early stage technology company planning to raise equity finance in the foreseeable future? If so, this seminar will provide you with valuable tips and guidance on crucial aspects of initial investor engagement: (more…)

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Hi folks

Remember how a few months ago Silicon Valley’s own Valley Girl came to town?

Well, now the results are back. You can watch Edinburgh’s own on the infamous Valley Girl show. At the moment, you can check out (links go straight to video):

There’s definitely more to come, so stay tuned!

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Andrew Scott from Rummble gave an amusing talk at a recent event aimed at entrepreneurial folk interested in mobile and tablet technologies.  He talked about the DIRTY DOZEN – the name he’s given to mistakes he has made – and offered some advice to those wanting to develop mobile apps.

Depending on your perspective, Rummble is Andrew’s 5th or 6th startup so he’s got plenty of experience to share!

Here is what he had to say:

  1. Don’t choose a cr*p name – Scott once chose Playtex, which seems ok but in the UK it’s known for bras and the USA it is known for sanitary products…!
  2. Build amazingly on one platform – then you can go to a VC and say ‘gimme £3million to do this awesome thing on everything else’ 🙂 (more…)

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We were blown away last week by the Student Market, the new place for young entrepreneurs to get seen and promoted. We covered the project earlier this month, and their launch event last Thursday evening was absolutely superb.

The event was a chance for student entrepreneurs to exhibit their businesses, ranging from web apps to fashion to race car driving. With about 20 companies of all types on display, it drew an impressive crowd of around 200 visitors throughout the evening.

The Student Market is an online portal showcasing student businesses, but it’s more than just a website. It’s also events like these where student entrepreneurs can exhibit, meet each other, and speak directly to potential customers in a friendly environment. And beyond that, it’s the creation of a supportive community. (more…)

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Wednesday 10th November: Edinburgh Tech Meetup, 6:30pm at Appleton Tower 8th Floor

A monthly gathering of folks interested in tech, from startups to developers to innocent bystanders. This month’s speakers include Jonathan Riddell – Introduction to Qt, Tony Lucas – Infrastructure as a Service, and Tane Piper – NodeJS + ExpressJS. There’s always a lot to learn, new people to meet, and oh yeah – free beer and pizza! It’s all free and open to anyone, just turn up on the 8th Floor.

Thursday 11th November: E-Club Heidi Roizen: Wow, an Inspiration! 6-8pm, Business School Auditorium

An evening of drinks, networking, and Q&A with one of Silicon Valley’s most impressive businesswomen! Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company. (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO from inception through to its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996 Heidi joined Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. From there, Heidi entered the venture capital world serving as a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital from 1999 to 2007. Today Heidi splits her time between her entrepreneurial endeavour, SkinnySongs and board service in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Networking and drinks kick off at 6pm, and the talk will begin 6:30pm. More drinks to follow of course! Free and open to all. (more…)

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What should you think about when you want your startup to work with a multi-national company?  One of the afternoon speakers at the last London Launch48 Conference was Bindi Karia (dubbed Queen of Startups) who works for Microsoft as a VC/Emerging business lead in the UK.  She offered some high level and generic points to startups who want to partner with giants! (more…)

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Dear StartupCafe readers,

You’ve been selected for a personal invite because someone here thinks you’re awesome.

And I’m sure you have a lot going on, and little time for random invites to amazing events.

SO, to be quick, we have a really WOW! Conference this Friday for anyone interested in biz, tech, or starting companies.

And then we have a WOW! Weekend where we’re going to create new startup companies using ideas from attendees and your mad skills – whether you’re into business, design, development, marketing, or nunchuck.

You will end the weekend feeling ON TOP OF THE WORLD.

You can still sign up, but hurry because we’re going to fill up – we just hope we fill up with people like YOU!!

Registration: http://edinburgh.launch48.com/tickets/

See you there,

StartupCafe & your Launch48 fan club

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