Dr Ewan Chirnside
Dr Ewan Chirnside

St Andrews Angels hosts tech investment event in New York

The St Andrews Angels hosted Dr Ewan Chirnside, who leads the University of St Andrews’ Knowledge Transfer Centre, at an event promoting Scottish technology and spin outs in New York City. Dr Chirnside was joined by venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs at SAP’s office in Hudson Yards.

The event was oversubscribed and also featured a talk from Venture Capitalist, Joseph Sartre. Mr. Sartre, a St Andrews alumnus, is a Partner of the New York and San Francisco based Bleu Capital.

Dr Chirnside’s role includes ensuring the quality of service provided to researchers, building and maintaining strategic relationships with commercial sponsors and government stakeholders, managing university intellectual property, supporting technology commercialization and the formation of University spin-out companies.

Dr. Chirnside highlighted the quality of recent spinouts from the University, the quality and breadth of technology prospects in development and the value proposition for US investors of funding new Scottish-based enterprises.

The event was created to foster greater linkages between Scottish technology and US investors and advisors and presented many actionable steps for leveraging the University’s network in New York to foster greater access for Scottish ventures within the US.

The St Andrews Angels of New York is a network of seasoned entrepreneurs, business leaders, alumni and angel investors within New York City, whose members provide investment capital, strategic advice and mentorship to early-stage companies to help them achieve market leadership.

Andrew Romero, Board Member of the St Andrews Angels of New York said “The event was a success and we very much enjoyed working and interacting with Ewan Chirnside and the St
Andrews Knowledge Transfer Centre. I hope that we can continue to engage with them on future events and activities.”