John Anderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Gabriel Chairman John Anderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Entrepreneurial Exchange.

John Anderson was presented with the award at the official launch of Entrepreneurial Scotland, at the Hilton Glasgow in November. The award was presented to recognise his services to the Entrepreneurial Exchange from 1994 2014.

A founding member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture-backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment, and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training. As a CA in professional practice he worked with many of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989. An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise Local Heroes project, based in part on his own MBA thesis Local Heroes Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Role Models. Furthermore, John is the Chairman at Gabriel Investments.

Commenting on the award, John said, It was a hugely emotional but very special night, and it was a real honour to receive the award from the inspirational chairmen I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.

Congratulations from Strathclyde University Incubator on a much-deserved award.

by Kimberley White

SUI and Gabriel Investments earns High Impact Award for GEW


SUI and Gabriel Investments have been selected as a winner of a High Impact Award for Global Entrepreneurship Week, for our Women’s Enterprise Workshop.

A High Impact Award has been presented to SUI/Gabriel for our participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. The Women’s Enterprise Workshop that we hosted provided practical support, showcased role models, developed enterprise capabilities, promoted that the event was part of a global inititative, and committed to measuring the effect that Global Entrepreneurship Week had.

SUI/Gabriel Investments would like to thank all those who attended, and presented, at the Women’s Enterprise Event. We would also like to thank those who completed the Global Entrepreneurship Week Feedback Survey, as this feedback helped us to achieve our High Impact Award.

by Kimberley White

mLED win Pitch of the Day at EIE London


SUI-supported company mLED Ltd win Pitch of the Day at EIE London.

Seonaidh MacDonald, CEO ofmLED, won the prestigious accolade of Pitch of the Day at the Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) London event on the 27th November.

EIE is Informatics Ventures annual showcase of promising new projects to Scottish and global investors. The draw for investors and serial technology entrepreneurs is simple; a rare opportunity to see hot start ups and spin outs in one day and in one place.

mLED are a world leader in the design and manufacture of micro-LED solutions for Wearables. Spun out of the Institute of Photonics in 2010, mLED was incorporated to commercialise that early pioneering effort. Based in Strathclyde University Incubator, mLED is currently active on 3 continents. The company’s focus is on delivering innovation through leading edge technology aligned to satisfying immediate customer demand.

In the past mLED have won esteemed awards including Rising Star Winners (2011), Top 25 Tech Companies, Tech Tour U.K., Top 50 Innovators Venture Summit West, U.S. (2014) and numerous Technology Strategy Board innovation awards.

Commenting on their recent success at EIE, Seonaidh MacDonald said, I’m naturally delighted that mLED Ltd were voted best Pitch of the Day at this EiE London event. Being shortlisted to present at EiE is in itself a noteworthy achievement but to win this award is recognition of the strength of mLEDs investment proposition. Such success is greatly helped by the support of organisations such as Strathclyde University Incubator, Informatics Ventures and of course Scottish Enterprise.

The market for Wearable Technology is forecasted by Credit Suisse to be worth more than $50 Billion by 2018, with CCS Insight predicting shipments to surge from 22 million in 2014 to 135 million in 2018 phenomenal growth in volumes. It will be interesting to see what mLED do next.

by Kimberley White