YCF Annual Conference 2022
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This year, we focus on the business essentials which are crucial to a young company’s ability to survive and grow.  Over the lifespan of a business, founders have a number of critical decisions to make.  Some of these, made early in the development of the company, have effects long into the future.  Founders starting out need to know the basics (and many founders start with little business experience), but getting the basics right is essential for future-proofing the company’s continuing progress.
Our speakers will be highlighting the issues which they consider basics in a number of different contexts – staffing, marketing, operations, and finance – and explaining how getting these right can accelerate a company’s development, and making the wrong call can create a legacy which takes a long time from which to recover.
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Thursday, September 1 • 9:45am - 10:15am
The Past and Future: 25 years of technology commercialisation in Scotland

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It has been roughly 25 years since the idea of technology commercialisation became formalised in Scotland, following reports from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise’s ‘Tech Ventures’ initiative. This talk will briefly review the highlights and lessons of these years, and appraise where we have got to in 2022.  Where do we rank in a global context, and what challenges await us over the next 25 years, in an era of climate change, technological advance, and creeping global authoritarianism?

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Kevin Parker

KKI Associates
Kevin started his career with a bang by blowing up a laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Some 40 years later, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and runs KKI Associates, a training and consultancy company helping start-up companies and individuals achieve... Read More →

Thursday September 1, 2022 9:45am - 10:15am BST