Guest post from Paul Devlin, Company Formation Executive at LAUNCH.ed:
“Last week saw the second annual Edinburgh Startups Christmas Party, hosted by the Scottish Lean Circle with our own Hilary Singer helping to arrange the party in her free time. I’ve just started with the LAUNCH.ed team, it was a great chance to meet up with some past LAUNCH.ed clients, some familiar faces from previous projects (Alisdair and Liza from Interactive Scotland) and meet some new collaborators.
“There was a great turn out with over 130 people attending, filling the upstairs area of Cargo in Fountainbridge. Startups of all sizes were out from larger names like Skyscanner, FanDuel, Kotikan and Heroku through to several smaller companies such as The Float Yard, Interface3, Primate and Stipso. Overall over 60 companies attended.
“Once we’d all had a chance to feast on the festive fingerfoods and mingle a little, it was great to be able to hear from the CEO’s of the sponsoring companies FanDuel, FreeAgent, Skyscanner, Hypernumbers to hear what 2011 had meant for their companies and what 2012 was likely to bring. Colin Hewitt, CEO of The Float Yard and co-organiser of the party alongside Hilary wrapped things up. Supporters and alumni who were away from Edinburgh had sent in video messages and we were able to hear from University supported startups Tigatag and Vibio as well as industry luminaries such as Kelley Boyd, Heidi Roizen, Steve Blank and Oli Gardner.
“Many companies had generously donated prizes to a draw with the top prize of a voucher for flights or rail for two anywhere in Europe donated by Skyscanner. Finally Mobile Acuity, an Informatics spin-out company, announced the closing of a $1m funding round to a great applause to get the party moving again.
“It was inspiring to speak to so many of the talented individuals and hear about their ambitious plans for 2012. I’m looking forward to helping our students form their companies and realise their own ambitions. I look forward to seeing them at Startups 2012!”