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LIVE:iVTuesday Dundee: Deputy First Minister, Mr John Swinney - Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Informatics Ventures is a knowledge exchange programme that runs across Scotland and helps foster innovation and entrepreneurship within start-up and spin-out companies and develops strong relationships between industry and academia.
Informatics Ventures has two primary strands of activity:
Entrepreneurship - running education events, networking session and investor conferences
Collaborative Innovation - strengthening industry and academia relations and delivering collaborative activities in Cyber Security, Data Science, Mobile Technology and Smart Tourism
- Connect with future employers, entrepreneurs, mentors and create collaborations
- Educate by exchange of knowledge and experience
- Support and inspire budding entrepreneurs with great ideas into profitable ventures
6.00 for 6.30 - 8.30pm
About the speaker
Born in 1964, John Swinney joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.
Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.
From 1998 to 2000, he served as deputy leader of the SNP and then as party leader between 2000 and 2004. He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. He was appointed as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Construction and Economy in November 2014. John has three children and is married to Elizabeth Quigley. He lives near Blairgowrie in the constituency and his hobbies include cycling and hill walking.