If you know the ‘why’ behind your business, we can help you with the ‘how’

Let us be your guide

Scotland’s universities are hotbeds of innovation and talent but turning great ideas into commercial reality is tough – especially without a road map, funding and a network to guide you along the way. 

Working in partnership with Scotland’s world-class universities, we help staff, students and recent graduates with game-changing business ideas navigate the journey ahead.

Bringing your innovation to life

We share your passion for innovation and invention and, regardless of your background or business readiness, by joining our cohort you’ll gain the tools, networks and support to springboard your business into the world.

No time like the present

Our next intake is January 2025 but experience tells us that the earlier you engage with us, the higher your chances of being selected. So why not email our enterprise team to book a 1-2-1?

Alternatively, connect with us locally at your University. We work hand-in-hand with enterprise teams across Scotland’s university sector offering an extensive programme of outreach support including workshops, inspirational talks, mentoring and more.

Additionally, browse our Resources page for podcasts, videos and case studies featuring university-born founders. This is also where you can watch our on-demand workshop series covering business essentials.

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

Find your challenge

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  • £50k top prize
  • £20k runner-up

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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Faisal for Home page
  • £30k top prize
  • £10k runner-up

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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  • £30k top prize
  • £10k runner-up

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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  • £10k top prize
  • £7.5k runner-up

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 all starts with an idea

Explore the remarkable business journeys of people like you here.

 

Bellrock Technology

Case study

From a team of two, to a team of 20! Meet Adam Brown, our first ever Converge Challenge winner.

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Recoil Kneepads

Case study

Find out how Vicky's impact absorbing kneepads are helping trades people carry out their job in comfort. "I've managed to create something that genuinely helps someone else."

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BioLiberty

Ross O'Hanlon, CTO, BioLiberty Case study

Most people spent lockdown baking banana bread, building back garden bars, or vegging to Netflix. Ross O’Hanlon and his pals decided to start a company instead.

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Person Centred Solutions

Case study

Like all the best inventions, the idea for the Bed Band came when Roma Gibb spotted an unmet need.

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Our latest news, thoughts and events

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A brush with brilliance: National Galleries plays host to academic ingenuity

Inside Innovation, Scotland’s hottest showcase of academic ingenuity, returned to Edinburgh last night with a dazzling display of cutting-edge ideas, inventions and solutions. 

A brush with brilliance: National Galleries plays host to academic ingenuity
Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo, Executive Director, Converge NEWS

Claudia Cavalluzzo bids farewell after seven years at Converge

After seven years, with six spent at the helm, Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo is moving on from her role as Executive Director of Converge.

Claudia Cavalluzzo bids farewell after seven years at Converge

Tapping into Scottish talent

Our nation is already well-known for its concentration of world-class universities – higher per head of population than any other country – but what we don’t shout about enough is the stream of innovative students, graduates, and staff at those universities who are turning their ideas into global businesses.

Tapping into Scottish talent

Innovation knows no boundaries

Innovation knows no boundaries, and neither should our collaborative efforts. By engaging with UK- wide and international partners, we can secure funding, gain exposure for Scottish spin-outs and start-ups, and open doors to global markets.

Innovation knows no boundaries
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