The Converge Challenge works with a number of expert partners. From providing prizes and invaluable support to our alumni to media partnership and venue hosts.

Murgitroyd & Company

Murgitroyd is one of the largest firms of European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys with 15 offices in 7 countries worldwide – UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and USA.

Murgitroyd is a global intellectual property (IP) attorney firm specialising in patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, helping companies of all sizes, from all sectors, to maximise value from their IP assets by providing tailored strategic advice and services. The Murgitroyd team has particular expertise in helping start-up businesses to grow and develop through good use and protection of their IP assets.

MBM Commercial

MBM Commercial is an award-winning commercial law firm that helps entrepreneurial businesses.

Many of our clients are going through significant growth, either by investment, acquisition or by international expansion. We are committed to helping our clients succeed and always aim to help make connections and add value wherever possible. The work that we do spans all sectors, and we are proud to represent many exciting businesses, ranging from small start-ups to large companies. 

The firm provides a full range of commercial legal services, including corporate finance, intellectual property, commercial contracts, insolvency/restructuring, commercial property, dispute resolution, employment/HR and company administration.

Social Investment Scotland in partnership with Weber Shandwick

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) in partnership with Weber Shandwick are proud to support this year’s Social Enterprise Award.

Providing both financial and in-kind business support, winners will benefit from their combined expertise in helping early stage social enterprises become investment ready and develop their brands for success.  Through a package of workshops, one-to-one support and mentoring, SIS and Weber Shandwick will provide the winners of the 2018 Social Enterprise Award with the right tools and expertise to maximise and sustain social impact.

Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland is a UK-based banking and financial services company, headquartered in Edinburgh.

Royal Bank of Scotland has paved the way in banking since it was established nearly 300 years ago. From the world’s first overdraft, and the first house purchase loan by a UK bank, to the first fully-fledged internet banking service, the bank has a history of using innovation to make banking easier for our customers. Royal Bank launched its first mobile bank in 1946 and now has 20 mobile banks serving nearly 400 communities across Scotland.

Royal Bank of Scotland has over two million customers in Scotland today, with over 120,000 business customers. These relationships are now enhanced by our teams of community bankers and Business Growth Enablers who offer face to face support to customers the length and breadth of the country.

For more information on Royal Bank of Scotland, visit: www.rbs.co.uk/business

Informatics Ventures

Informatics Ventures supports globally ambitious technology companies head-quartered in Scotland. Through practitioner led entrepreneurship education and community networking, we prepare and connect Scotland’s technology entrepreneurs with opportunities to scale their businesses and give them the confidence to take on the world.

Engage Invest Exploit (EIE), our flagship event, is Scotland’s premier investor technology showcase. It provides a stage for the most exciting and innovative young companies attracting investors from all over the world.

iV Tuesday is our regular networking series featuring inspirational talks from local heroes and global success stories to raise the ambition of our nation’s entrepreneurs and unleash the potential we know they possess. Our Executive Forums provide executive level education to Scotland’s CEO’s with each focusing on a specific pain point topic for scaling businesses. 

Scott-Moncreiff

At Scott-Moncrieff we are passionate about supporting start-up and high-growth businesses throughout their life cycle.

We regularly provide workshops, coaching and mentoring to new businesses to support them in achieving their ambitions. In addition to advising on all areas of finance including accounting, tax, funding growth and business planning, we have an extensive network of contacts including angel investors, funders, and other business advisers.

TalentSpark

TalentSpark is Scotland’s startup hub. We understand that the success of a business hinges on making the right hires, so we launched a digital platform to help you find the perfect candidates to match your ambition.

TalentSpark provides a space where entrepreneurs advertise jobs for free and connect with jobseekers who are eager to shape the future of an SME.

Fearsome

Fearsome is the award-winning product design, engineering and innovation consultancy. For over a decade they’ve been helping innovators bring their ideas to life and commercial success locally, nationally and internationally.

Sometimes this is the development or refreshment of an existing product. Sometimes it’s the creation of a new, market disrupting product.

More often than not, it’s about developing a product idea that has to get to market quickly, compliantly, minimising any risks and optimising the chances of early market adoption.

They call this FutureMaking. It’s what they do.

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Morton Ward

Morton Ward is a brand and design agency with a proven track record of working with startups and university spinouts.

We offer effective design and strategy services, marketing and promotional campaigns, investor presentation assistance and advice to help startups develop a distinct, compelling brand position early on in their establishment.

No matter what the industry, product, service or market, a strong brand provides focus that aids development, recognition that propels growth and differentiation that cannot be duplicated by competitors. With over 30+ years experience, we keep things simple and straightforward, guiding clients through a clear, proven process to arrive at the best results for their specific needs.

If you would like to improve your brand and marketing, Morton Ward would love to hear from you!

Entrepreneurial Scotland

Entrepreneurial Scotland is at the forefront of a movement to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

Our peer network is made up of current and future entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, who are ambitious, globally minded and have the potential to contribute to Scotland’s success. We exist to help our members thrive whatever stage they are at in their entrepreneurial journey by providing the support and connections they need to grow, taking our members and their businesses further.

MediCity

MediCity is part of the BioCity Group, the UK’s leading, and largest life sciences and med tech incubator, providing the ideal conditions to accelerate, grow and sustain innovative companies.

BioCity is the UK’s leading, and largest life sciences and med tech incubator, providing companies with the specialist facilities, support services and business advice they need in an environment that maximises their likelihood of success.

From its inception 13 years ago, The BioCity Group (including MediCity Scotland formed in 2015 as a direct result of support from the City of Glasgow City Deal) operates across 4 campuses’ in the UK, supporting more than 200 companies.

BQ - Business Quarter Magazine

BQ is a multimedia brand that is nationally recognised for celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship.

We work with businesses across the UK to create bespoke campaigns across our portfolio of in-print, events and digital platforms, which allow our clients to engage with new audiences, improve their brand reach and deliver their core messages across a multi-channel platform.