GRID, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Hybrid event

Networking Event


To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the world's first mechanics' institute and the UK’s foundational role in the first industrial revolution, UMi, CPI and GCV will host a one-day forum focused on how technology and innovation capital springing from the North of England and Scotland can transform society again.  Taking place on 9 November, the forum will gather the regional innovation ecosystem to celebrate the launch of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the region. Together with leading investors, the forum will convene and connect both an in-person and online audience of angels, entrepreneurs, policymakers and corporate innovation teams to share insights, connect and network.

Register your interest in attending the Go Further Forum on 9th November. This blended event (in-person and virtual) is a valuable opportunity for companies to meet with leading investors, angels and corporate innovation teams, therefore, companies featuring in the Go Further Index will be given priority for the in-person places.

Benefits of attending

  • Launch the Go Further Index and the accompanying digital publication

  • Provide a framework for the ecosystem to meet, collaborate and network

  • Create tangible opportunities to help share and shape the very latest thinking in sustainable investment

  • Showcase and raise the profile of the innovation hot spots and most progressive businesses within the North of England and Scotland

  • Provide deal flow and connection opportunities for investors and businesses alike

Confirmed Speakers: 






Panel: Innovation capital

Richard Riggs, Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
George Weir, Director, Factortech

Will Clark, Managing Director – Mercia Regional Venture Funds, Mercia Asset Management
Moderated by Richard Faulkner, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

A new venture initiative

Ken Cooper, Managing Director – Venture Solutions, British Business Bank

Making an impact in venture capital
Michael Eakins, Group Chief Investment Officer, Phoenix Group
Aileen Mathieson, Global Head of Insurance, Aberdeen Standard Investments


Networking break

KEYNOTE: Feeding the future
Graham Ramsbottom, CEO, Wheatsheaf Investment

Reshaping the global food system is paramount to a successful race to net-zero emmissions and better resource efficiency. But balancing the finite resources of nature and its vulnerability with new technologies is no easy task. What role can international investors play and what can be done differently to finance a food system that supports both our planet and our dietary requirements?

Panel: Investing in life science innovation post Covid-19

Keynote and conversation: Impact investing – What does it really mean?

Mark Beaumont, Partner - EOS Advisory & Long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author


Welcome and Go Further Index
Alastair MacColl, Chairman, UMi

Innovation showcase: Showcasing unique and high-growth success stories, the following three talks dive deep into what makes innovation successful and the values and strategies you need to have in place

• Corporate start up: Accelerating data innovation

Caroline Gorski, Group Director - R 2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce

• Healthcare and oncology

Clare Wareing, Founder and CEO, Cumulus Oncology

• Carbon capture


University and research powerhouse sessions 
This session, made up of separate individual talks, will showcase some of the latest thinking and insights around venture initiatives born out of university and research powerhouses in Scotland and the North of England. 


Report: University spinouts in Scotland and north of England
Thierry Hales, Editor, Global University Venturing


Panel: Venture spinouts
Stuart Hendry, Senior Partner, MBM

Olga Kozlova, Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, University of Strathclyde


Are university IP policies fit for technology transfer

Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, European Patent Attorney & Founder, Innovare IP

Networking break

Topics and discussion points to be confirmed shortly but they will circle around the  following themes:

•    Energy efficiency in foundational industries
•    Health and life sciences
•    Digital transformation
•    ICT - from quantum to apps transforming how we will live


Close of Forum and Networking Drinks