Dr Olga Kozlova is founder and Director of Converge Challenge. Olga started her career as a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She then moved on to become a founder and a CEO in a biotechnology start-up company. Afterwards she worked in business development within life science and healthcare before moving into technology transfer and commercialisation role at Heriot-Watt University before launching Converge Challenge in 2010.

Converge Challenge is funded by a number of Scottish Universities and the Scottish Funding Council. Converge Challenge works with expert partners who provide a broad range of support and advice to our winners and alumni. The in-kind prize package is just as important an incentive to the overall winners. Together, we ensure the best possible start for any business.

The expert judging panel of Converge Challenge is split into three categories – Converge, KickStart and Social Enterprise. They each bring a wealth of knowledge to the judging process.

Finally, the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) comprises some of Scotland's most respected and influential academics and business leaders. The members of the SAB are ambassadors for the Converge Challenge programme, advising on future funding opportunities and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of the programme. In addition, SAB input to the strategic direction of the programme through offering their advice and expertise.