2018 represents ten years of EIE and Swarm’s delighted that this year will be our fourth year at the event. We’ll be representing our new business, VAISTAK at EIE this year.
What is EIE?
Engage, Invest, Exploit, or EIE for short is a conference that brings together top new start and scale-up businesses with angel investors, venture capitalists and business professionals. The event, held on the 19th April, is attended by around 60 pre-screened businesses. These businesses pitch to the audience in quick fire rounds of 1-minute pitches. There are a handful of longer pitches which are followed by a Dragon’s Den style Q&A! It’s intense for both the pitchers and the audience.
However, for the companies it’s so much more than a one-day event. Informatics Ventures (the event organisers) put the companies through a series of bootcamps to prepare them ahead of the big day. The companies get help with writing an effective pitch, tips on selling, story-telling, how-to deliver the pitch on stage and a range of other useful topics like intellectual property, working with investors and getting support in the early days of business. Thanks to this, when the companies take to the stage they deliver a clear and concise message in a well-rehearsed and professional tone.
It’s a great day for networking and getting a glimpse into new innovations and businesses that could change the world.
What part are you playing?
Well, we’ve been selected to showcase our new business at EIE this year. We’ll be showcasing VAISTAK, a platform to enable businesses to build smart apps faster.
We’re going to have a stand (No. 57) and will be delivering a 1 minute pitch to the 600+ strong audience. We’re looking to speak with potential customers, partners and investors to help us take our business to the next level.
What pointers do you have for EIE?
It’s a long day, so be prepared to be on your feet a lot and do a lot of speaking. It’s important to remember that there are close to 1000 people at the event, so you’ll probably want some sort of memory aid to help you recall who you spoke to and who you should follow-up with. Business cards are useful but having a few notes on some of the key people you meet will be useful afterwards.
How can we catch-up on the day?
Tony, Tim, Richard and I will be at EIE all day from doors opening. Our stand is Number 57 – look for the one called “VAISTAK”.
We’re very much looking forward to pitching our new and exciting business to some of the tech industry’s key leaders and innovators. Hope to see you there!