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entrepreneurship@ed.ac.uk 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS, UK

Entrepreneurs In Residence

The E Club hosts two regular entrepreneurs in residence (EIRs), Gavin Don and George Mackintosh. Between them, Gavin and George have a huge wealth of knowledge relevant to entrepreneurs across a broad range of areas. Given the complementary nature of their experience and areas of expertise, Club members have the opportunity to book sessions with more than one EIR. Sign up to the E Club and receive updates on upcoming EIR sessions.

When meeting an EIR please consider these guidelines:

  • The EIRs are confidential sounding boards for business ideas at all stages of a company's development.
  • The EIRs are not professional advisors.
  • The EIRs are not resources for grant funding information.
  • The EIRs are not career advisors.

Please come to the meetings prepared to give a short pitch or succinctly explain your concept.

Mr George Mackintosh

George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets with experience in start-ups, acquisitions and exits, in addition to being a University of Edinburgh alumnus. He has practical advice to share about setting up businesses and then how to "scale up". Drawing from experience, he can share information on commercialising and protecting intellectual property and how to penetrate international markets.

A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Edinburgh, George served a corporate apprenticeship with Ford [on the Dagenham shop floor] before switching to the tech industry spending time with Motorola and Cable & Wireless. He has run businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, Western and Eastern Europe and in the USA. He has raised venture capital several times and has both acquired and disposed of businesses. George is also a benefactor to the Business School.

He is the founder and CEO of TestPlant, a maker of software test automation tools. It is one of the UK's fastest growing tech businesses, included in the 2015 Sunday Times Tech Track 100. His company is a Red Herring Global 100 Winner, a Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 100 and a two times winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise. TestPlant has offices in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and Philadelphia.


Mr Gavin Don

Gavin Don is a visiting professor at the Business School and founder partner of corporate finance boutique Equitas. Gavin's particular interests are in financials and building the team.

Gavin advises on strategy and finance, trains technology innovators on presenting the business case, and invests in young companies as a business angel. He has provided expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament, and advises Scottish, UK and European institutions on policies, problems and solutions for the young company environment.

In addition, Gavin holds an honorary teaching post with the Hunter Centre and is Chairman of Newsbase, an energy news company he founded in 1996.