The path from innovation to commercial reality is rarely straight

Let us guide you through the twists and turns of starting a new business. We can provide you with the skills, support, guidance and funding to springboard your big idea from concept to reality.

Who we are

Working in collaboration with Scotland’s universities, we uncover emerging spinouts and start-ups, acting as a catalyst to accelerate the creation of innovative products and services that will improve lives and safeguard our planet.

Open to university staff, students and recent graduates across Scotland, our programme is designed to springboard new businesses through intensive business training, networking, 1-2-1 support, generous equity-free cash prizes and expert advice from our roster of industry partners.

We run four challenge categories tailored to developing business across all sectors and stages of development.


Entrepreneurs trained


Companies created


High value jobs created


Follow-on funding raised

Find your challenge

  • £50k top prize
  • £20k runner-up
  • All sectors and enterprise types

Converge Challenge is open to high-calibre, innovative projects with serious growth potential. If you have a ground-breaking idea, this is the challenge for you.

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  • £20k top prize
  • £10k runner up
  • Creative Industries

Creative Challenge is open to business ideas rooted in creativity, skill and craft, with the potential to develop into sustainable businesses in Scotland’s creative industries.

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  • £20k top prize
  • £10k runner up
  • Social & environmental focus

Impact Challenge is designed for mission-led enterprises with a social or environmental cause at their heart. We’re looking for product and service-based ideas that have the potential to make the world a better place.

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  • £10k top prize
  • £5k runner up
  • Early-stage business ideas

Kickstart Challenge is a first step towards commercialisation for early-stage business ideas. It’s designed to test the robustness of your idea, equip you for the realities of entrepreneurship and prepare you for our more advanced challenge categories.

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It's the best thing I've done in my career. The PR it created allowed the business to grow very quickly by drawing in significant investment.

Dave Hughes
Novosound, 2017 Winner

Welcome to the family

Hundreds of aspiring academic entrepreneurs have been through the Converge programme. We think of them as family and are behind them every step of the way, supporting their journey and celebrating their success.

Adam Brown - Bellrock Technology
Marwa Ebrahim - Atypical Cosmetics
Faisal Ghani - SolarisKit
Vicky Hamilton - Recoil Kneepads

Supporting you, every step of the way

We are an experienced, hands-on, approachable team ready to help make your business idea a reality. We work closely with participants from Scotland's university network on their journey from academia to entrepreneurship, supporting them every step of the way.

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Our latest news, thoughts and events


Showcase of Academic Innovation Throws Spotlight on Scotland’s Inventiveness

Invention and ingenuity were in full force yesterday at the annual Inside Innovation showcase, a pitching event featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting academic entrepreneurs.

Showcase of Academic Innovation Throws Spotlight on Scotland’s Inventiveness

New SSE Partnership to Drive Net Zero Innovation

Converge has announced a new partnership with low carbon energy company, SSE, designed to springboard academic entrepreneurs tackling the climate emergency.

New SSE Partnership to Drive Net Zero Innovation

Making the Impossible, Possible

It is now widely accepted that our planet is in danger and that, if we don’t act now, our children will face a crisis a hundred times more serious than the Covid-19 one.

Making the Impossible, Possible

Cyber Attacks: Prevention is the Key

As cyberattack incidents become more sophisticated, there is a consensus that it will be not ‘if’, but ‘when’ a situation arises.

Cyber Attacks: Prevention is the Key

Funding Scotland’s Tech Start-ups

Paul Atkinson, Founding Partner of VC firm Par Equity and Converge Board Chairman, on why we need to think bigger about funding Scotland's tech start-ups.

Funding Scotland’s Tech Start-ups

Celebrating 10 years of economic impact and job creation

Become a partner and help us make the next 10 even better

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