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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
 

9:00am BST

Registration
Thursday September 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:30am BST

9:30am BST

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Lynn Cadenhead

Lynn Cadenhead

Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland
With a background in life sciences, entrepreneur Lynne Cadenhead has over 25 years’ management and early-stage equity investment experience in the technology and retail sectors in UK.Lynne has served on over 30 Boards, is past Chair of UNICEF in Scotland, is an Ambassador for Women... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 9:30am - 9:45am BST

9:45am BST

The Past and Future: 25 years of technology commercialisation in Scotland
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?

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Parker

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

10:15am BST

Protecting your IP rights 1
Speakers
avatar for Richard Gibbs

Richard Gibbs

Partner Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, Marks and Clerk
With an honours degree in medical microbiology, a doctorate in immunology and microbiology from the University of Edinburgh, and time as a research scientist and university lecturer, Richard joined the patent profession. He has worked with all of Scotland’s major universities, and... Read More →

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Young...
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Marks & Clerk

Founded in 1887, Marks & Clerk has long been recognised as one of the leading patent and trademark attorney firms across the globe, with eight offices in the UK and a further nine worldwide. Our unique offering allows our clients to enjoy a comprehensive service, always tailored to... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 10:15am - 10:30am BST

10:30am BST

Protecting your IP rights 2
Speakers
avatar for Douglas Thomson

Douglas Thomson

CEO, Pneumagen
Douglas Thomson has significant international experience as CEO, Chairman, NXD and Business Development Director. He has led executive teams generating rapid value creation at companies such as 4D Pharma. Working with Thomas Engelen to deliver the Company’s strategic objectives... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 10:30am - 10:45am BST

10:45am BST

Marketing early stage growth companies: Getting the basics right
Brand and marketing for early stage growth companies is more than just a logo and a website. Svein Clouston and Rowan Morrison from Rationale, a strategic brand and communications agency, will explore how a minimum viable brand (MVB) is crucial for not just attracting the attention of consumers, but also the support, and financial backing, of investors.

Speakers
avatar for Svein Clouston

Svein Clouston

Strategy Director, Rationale
Svein is an accomplished brand and content strategist. He has devised and delivered creative campaigns for a range of blue chip clients from LinkedIn to Lloyds Banking Group, Mizuho, the University of Edinburgh and the International Rugby Board.Svein marries a passion for supporting... Read More →
avatar for Rowan Morrison

Rowan Morrison

Managing Director, Rationale
Rowan is a highly experienced agency leader, brand and marketing consultant and writer. She has led campaigns and consulted for a wide-range of senior client stakeholders across global organisations including the University of Edinburgh, HSBC, KPMG, Toray, and many more.An Ambassador... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 10:45am - 11:15am BST

11:15am BST

Coffee break
Thursday September 1, 2022 11:15am - 11:45am BST

11:45am BST

The perspective from outside Scotland
Thursday September 1, 2022 11:45am - 12:15pm BST

12:15pm BST

Finance - Start-up and Beyond 1
Speakers
avatar for Mark McLeod

Mark McLeod

Senior Manager, Steedman
Mark joined the Steedman team in September 2020 through the merger with Scotia Accounting.A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Mark’s responsibilities lie mainly in the delivery of client service, including tax and business advice, accounts preparation... Read More →

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Young...
avatar for Steedman

Steedman

Steedman Accountants are a chartered practice with offices in Edinburgh & North England.  We work directly with companies of all sizes as advisors at early stage, to assist with venture capital and funding.  With a solid network of stakeholders, we are in a strong position to assist... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 12:15pm - 12:30pm BST

12:30pm BST

Finance - Start-up and Beyond 2
Speakers
avatar for Grant McCusker

Grant McCusker

CEO, Letting Cloud Limited
Grant has been involved with property for many years. Starting his own letting agency back in 2009, after receiving poor customer service from the various letting agents he used for his own properties. Within three years the agency was an established brand and it was up there with... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 12:30pm - 12:45pm BST

12:45pm BST

Prepare for funding – what is right for your business?
Do you know what is required when considering applying for external funding for your business? What steps should you take and how should you present it? What is the best funding package for your business?

Speakers
avatar for Gary Torbett

Gary Torbett

Team Leader Financial Readiness, Scottish Enterprise
Gary heads up the Financial Readiness team within Scottish Enterprise (SE).With over 25 years business, commercial and corporate banking experience with RBS and Bank of Scotland, he first worked with SE on a consultancy basis in 2010 with a focus on portfolio management, fund analysis... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 12:45pm - 1:00pm BST

1:00pm BST

Lunch
Thursday September 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST

2:00pm BST

Afternoon session starts
Chair comments

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Cadenhead

Lynn Cadenhead

Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland
With a background in life sciences, entrepreneur Lynne Cadenhead has over 25 years’ management and early-stage equity investment experience in the technology and retail sectors in UK.Lynne has served on over 30 Boards, is past Chair of UNICEF in Scotland, is an Ambassador for Women... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 2:00pm - 2:15pm BST

2:15pm BST

Finding the right people
Eden Scott

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Young...
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Eden Scott

TalentSpark
Eden Scott is one of Scotland's leading independent recruitment businesses, successfully working with organisations of every size, from the NHS to many of the country's dynamic tech startups. Established in 2003 by three founding directors, who still lead the business today, Eden... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm BST

2:30pm BST

Beyond the legal basics 1
Speakers
avatar for Katie Carter

Katie Carter

Senior Associate, Burges Salmon
Katie is a senior associate in the firm’s corporate finance team, based in the Edinburgh office and has experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and corporate restructuring. Katie has acted for companies, entrepreneurs, investors and... Read More →

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Young...
avatar for Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon is an award-winning independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. In the three years since Burges Salmon opened its Edinburgh office, we have firmly cemented our reputation in Scotland, not only for our trusted expertise in providing... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 2:30pm - 2:45pm BST

2:45pm BST

Beyond the legal basics 2
Speakers
avatar for Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Chief Financial Officer, Curadh MTR
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Chris is now based in the USA.  He has a track record in building expert teams and companies, and is a global CFO with extensive cross border M&A, turnaround, IPO and operational experience, specifically, within oncology clinical research... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 2:45pm - 3:00pm BST

3:00pm BST

Then and now
Adrian, who jointly produced the first YCF annual conference in 2002, will talk about how the landscape has changed since then, and will add a few anecdotes about raising money for entrepreneurial companies in 1993 in Scotland almost 30 years ago

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

Ecometrica Ambassador and Former Group CFO, Ecometrica Group
Adrian Smith  MSc (Fin & Inv). FCMA BSc. (Mech Eng)Adrian began his finance career training in Chartered Accountancy with Deloitte before being drawn into owner managed businesses. 32 years ago, he made his first unquoted investment in a private company and found himself an entrepreneur... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 3:00pm - 3:15pm BST

3:15pm BST

Closing remarks
Chair to wind up conference

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Cadenhead

Lynn Cadenhead

Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland
With a background in life sciences, entrepreneur Lynne Cadenhead has over 25 years’ management and early-stage equity investment experience in the technology and retail sectors in UK.Lynne has served on over 30 Boards, is past Chair of UNICEF in Scotland, is an Ambassador for Women... Read More →


Thursday September 1, 2022 3:15pm - 3:30pm BST