There are four phases to the Converge Challenge:

Converge Challenge

Converge Challenge 2018 is now closed for applications. Best of luck to all applicants!

There are four phases to Converge Challenge:

Phase 1 - Application Submission

The initial application form must be completed online by the 29 March 2018 at 5.00pm. Entrants will be shortlisted by category.

The Converge Challenge online application form is comprehensive. Sections included:

  • Applicant Details
  • Title of proposal
  • Summary of your innovation/business idea
  • Your target market
  • Customer benefits

For your guidance and reference, please refer to our pre-completed applications forms HERE.

Phase 2 - Business Training

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend up to three days comprehensive business and pitch training:

  • Converge - three day training - 29 - 31 May 2018
  • KickStart - two days training - 29 - 30 May 2018
  • Social Enterprise 2.5 days training – 29 (PM) - 31 May 2018

The Converge Challenge Top 30 will also take part in an evening Elevator Pitch event on the final training day. Shortlisted applicants will deliver a 60-second pitch on their idea to a panel of judges and invited audience. This will also include an exhibition to showcase their project/service.

In addition, the Converge Challenge Top 30 will attend one of two business surgeries in Edinburgh or Glasgow (27/28 June 2018) with our expert partners.

Phase 3 - Business Plan Submission

Converge Challenge Top 30: Submit a Business plan by 27 July 2018 (5.00pm). Our judging panel will select the Converge Challenge Top 10, with the final six moving to the final phase.

KickStart & Social Enterprise Top 30: Submit a 5-page business plan and 1-minute video pitch. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 20 September 2018.

Phase 4 - The Final & Awards Dinner

Our six finalists will deliver an investor pitch to our esteemed Converge Challenge judging panel on 19 September 2018. The winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on 20 September 2018.