Entrepreneurship has its ups and downs

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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  • £30k top prize
  • 2 x runner-up prizes £10k
  • Creative & social

If you're a social shaker or creative thinker looking to change the world for the better, then this challenge is for you.

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  • £30k top prize
  • £10k runner up
  • Clean tech & environmental

Designed to support Scotland’s efforts in becoming a carbon neutral nation by 2045, we welcome projects that can deliver maximum impact for Scotland’s net zero goal.

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  • £10k top prize
  • 2 x runner-up prizes £7.5k
  • 3 x special prizes £5k
  • 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


Academic Innovation Takes Centre Stage at Converge Awards 2021

A new company developing medicines for patients with debilitating chronic conditions; an innovative digital platform bringing the craft of knitting into the 21st century; a lightweight robotic glove empowering patients with hand weakness - these are just some of the ideas that triumphed at the 2021 Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

Academic Innovation Takes Centre Stage at Converge Awards 2021

Successful Exit for Current Health

Leading Scottish medical technology company, Current Health, has been acquired by US retail giant, Best Buy Health. The sale comes on the heels of 3,000%+ growth in year-over-year revenue, making Current Health one of the fastest growing healthcare companies. The company, founded by Chris McCann, a computer science graduate who went onto medical school at […]

Successful Exit for Current Health

Achieving Real Equality in Society

How do we create a world and a Scotland where equality is a reality beyond social media and diversity and inclusion training?

Achieving Real Equality in Society

Encouraging New Ideas to Meet Net Zero Ambition

What role can renowned industrial giants like SSE have in encouraging new ideas to tackle net zero?

Encouraging New Ideas to Meet Net Zero Ambition

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 more than a decade of economic impact and job creation

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