Scaling a Tech Startup on a Budget

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Selby Cary
ZIVA Robotics, co-founder

Selby is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and engineer with a passion for data-driven and automated systems. Previously, Selby co-founded ZIVA Robotics, a high growth robotics start-up based in Edinburgh, producing ruggedised data collection solutions - leading the commercial and operational efforts as CEO. ZIVA was recognised as Scotland’s Top AI Startup (2019) and was a finalist for Scottish Hardware Startup of the year (2020). Additionally, Selby was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and the title of ‘Young Legend for Technology’ by Visit Scotland (2018). In his free time, Selby helps SME’s and startups to build value-driven products with lean operations.

Bhairav Patel
Atom CTO, Managing Director

Bhairav has been CTO for a number of companies in Europe, the US and Asia including a global FinTech that raised over $40M in funding in 4 years and reached the Forbes FinTech50 list.  He is currently the Managing Director of Atom CTO which invests in and provides CTO and other supporting services to early stage startups.  He is also the host of the Atom Ventures podcast which showcases exciting tech companies and The Real World Entrepreneurship Podcast which provides unvarnished practical advice to entrepreneurs


Building a tech startup is no walk in the park - one of the biggest challenges is scaling your operations as your team size grows. What works well for a team of 5 may not scale beyond 50. In this session, I will share some of my hard-won lessons, tips and tricks to scale a startup on a budget. From project coordination and writing internal processes to commercial deal flow and fundraising management - everything is a system that needs to scale.