Meet the Experts

Looking for free business advice? Our Meet the Expert programme gives registered delegates the chance to pre-book 1-2-1 appointments with experts across a wide range of disciplines including tax, IP, design, marketing, training, digital, finance and more.

Full details including experts’ names and biographies; session titles and a booking link will be published closer to event day.  In the meantime, take a look at the companies who will be taking part this year:

R&D Tax Relief – There’s money hiding in the work that you do.

You would be surprised at what qualifies for R&D tax relief.  It’s not just about people in white lab coats.

R&D tax relief is the Government’s way of rewarding companies that are developing new, or improving existing products, processes, systems and materials.

In some cases, the tax relief itself could represent as much as 33% return on investment for your R&D project.

Catax are experts in R&D tax relief.  We’ll look at every aspect of your business and identify all qualifying activity.


CodeClan is Scotland’s first accredited digital skills academy. Industry-led and government backed, CodeClan opened its doors in October 2015 and expects to produce 1000 graduates in its first three years and over 600 graduates annually by 2018. The aim is to create a new pool of digital talent that will allow Scotland’s vibrant tech sector to flourish and drive the economy.

CodeClan is a core component of the Scottish Government’s Digital Skills Investment Plan to tackle the serious and escalating skills shortage in the digital technologies economy. Forecasts suggest there could be up to 11,000 job opportunities each year in ICT and digital technology.

CodeClan is a fully independent social enterprise with support from the Scottish Government, Scotland’s digital industry trade body, Scotland IS and Skills Development Scotland.

Intellectual Property Office 

Most successful businesses understand the importance of protecting their intellectual property. Intellectual property protects brand names, new inventions, new designs and creative work.

Intellectual Property will account for a large part of the value of most businesses. The IPO will explain the four main areas of intellectual property (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and give you actions to take to move forward.

Find out how to make the most of your business’s IP– 70% of delegates who attended acted upon the information they received.

Find out about copyright ownership – In a recent survey, 74% of businesses were unsure who owned the IP rights to their website, logo, artwork, photos.

Jumping Rivers 

Jumping Rivers helps companies get the most out of their data. Many businesses forget that data is a precious, often untapped, commodity. If you want to predict future growth, detect fraud, or optimise your marketing campaign, then use your data.

Jumping Rivers works with small start-ups, world-class universities and large multinational companies. Our consultants have an excellent technical background, and experience across a range of sectors. We provide both training and consultancy in data analytics. All of our tools are free and open-source; no
expensive licenses.

If you have data sitting doing nothing, please get in touch!

MMS Advance

MMS Advance is the legal consultancy for early-stage organisations backed by Maclay Murray Spens LLP, one of Scotland’s leading law firms.  MMS provides advice and services specifically to early stage and high-growth companies, ensuring you are best set up to achieve success.

Our team at MMS Advance has decades of combined experience and we would love the opportunity to hear more about your business, and to invite you to tap into our expertise.  Our lawyers can help you as you progress from the very earliest stages of getting started, through securing funding, right up to launching on the stock market, so come along and see us at Venturefest Scotland 2017 for a free half hour consultation.

To find out more about what we do, visit our website and sign up to receive regular newsletters and seminar invitations here.

Marks & Clark

Marks & Clerk has Scottish offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.  We work with innovative enterprises – from start-ups and SMEs to universities and multinationals – helping them to protect their intellectual property and maximise its value.

Our patent professionals all have technical backgrounds and advise on maximising the value of new technologies across the spectrum of innovation.  Our trade mark attorneys work across a wide range of sectors to protect and exploit the value of brands.

Martin Aitken & Co

We are a Glasgow-based firm of Chartered Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers.

We provide bespoke advice and support from pre-start-up stage through to those vital early years of trading and beyond. We help our clients to plan, develop the business sustainably and to comply with their statutory accounting and tax obligations.

If you are looking to raise external finance to fund your growth plans, we’ll advise you on what you need to do to get the business investor ready. We’ll also help you to source the funding and to construct the ‘cocktail of finance’ that may be required to fund your strategy.

Audit, accounting, cloud solutions, business & personal tax, corporate finance, business advisory and independent financial advice. We cover all the bases you will need to get started, to grow and develop the venture.


Murgitroyd is a firm of UK and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys headquartered in Scotland Street, Glasgow.

We support and work with start-ups, SMEs, Universities and large corporates at all stages of the Innovation Life Cycle.

If you are new to Intellectual Property we will provide practical advice on how to create value from your ideas. If you already have Intellectual Property rights we can IP audit your company and accompany you on your innovation journey.

If you are thinking internationally, with representation rights in 16 countries we can support your international expansion and protect your ideas and brands in all your export markets.

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PNO Consultants

The PNO Group are Europe’s leading innovation funding consultancy. Supporting small businesses, large enterprises and universities across all research disciplines and sectors, PNO plays a key role in helping organisations to innovate, facilitating the use of public support for their R&D activities through national and European innovation funding programmes.

Over the past 30 years, PNO have established a full service model across the entire grant acquisition process. This includes the identification of funding opportunities, partner and project linking, flexible application and bid writing support, project coordination and management, grant compliance reporting, technology intelligence and the development of business plans


Quantify helps high growth Technology and Life Sciences enterprises generate more leads and achieve their revenue goals by responding to the change in b2b buying behaviour.  This is relevant because today, in a typical b2b sales scenario, buyers are completing 50 – 70 % of their decision-making process before they even speak with a company representative.

We align marketing and sales by building a sustainable infrastructure of evidence-based inbound marketing techniques and technology that engages the customer earlier in their buying process, nurture leads, enables data-driven decision making and demonstrates the impact on your bottom line.

Zero Waste Scotland 

Zero Waste Scotland is creating a more circular economy in Scotland where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. The circular economy offers exciting opportunities for competitive advantage and business growth.

Businesses across Scotland are already profiting, with our help. Some are designing products that can be repaired and remanufactured, opening new revenue streams. And some are leasing or hiring their services to retain ownership of the valuable products and components, so when their customer upgrades, they can resell the goods.

We offer specialist technical support and grant funding to develop opportunities for small to medium sized businesses with big ambitions for innovative, sustainable growth.