Congratulations to the team at GO Group for organising another highly successful CONNECT Investment Conference. The event ran over two days with an innovative “Pitching for Talent” event on the first day. The event was opened by George Hall of Money Dashboard who delivered an excellent presentation on the importance of building teams with the right balance of skills. George’s presentation was followed by a number of excellent pitches by embryonic young companies with significant potential but some gaps in their management teams. Everyone I spoke to was impressed by the quality of the presentations made on the second day. The companies had all been carefully screened and those who were pitching had been well coached both on their pitching techniques and their timings. The strap line for the event was “Be the Future” on the first day and “Make the Future” on the second day. I was intrigued by the grammatical nuance between this imperative tone and the strap line on the Archangels’ Business Card which says “Making the Future”. It was good to see that most of the active Scottish based investors took the trouble to turn up on the day and we had a least one investor from south of the border in attendance. However, the capital requirement of the pitching companies was much greater than the capital which is likely to be available in Scotland. If capital is not available on our own doorstep, we must increasingly think about how to import capital if we are to build innovative and successful new businesses which are fit for the future. The clearing banks were noticeable by their absence and it is unfortunate that they are unable to offer any meaningful support to this vibrant sector of the economy. Despite that there was a generally upbeat mood and feeling of optimism. Those who are helping to shape the future have a fairly clear view of what it should look like!