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

 

 

Social Investment Scotland

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is Scotland's largest social impact investor with a mission to connect capital with communities.

SIS provides investment for charities and social enterprises looking to make a positive impact on people's lives, society or the environment. Since 2001, SIS has directly invested nearly £60 million in organisations across Scotland and the UK.

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, with over two million customers in Scotland today and 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

 

 

TalentSpark

Eden Scott is a leading Scottish recruitment business with a dedicated focus on the Start-up and SME sectors. We have offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast and recruit across 20 different markets. We have a team of industry specialist who have a wealth of experience and extensive networks within their sector.

Eden Scott created TalentSpark in 2015 to support the specific needs of early stage companies to source and recruit the scarce talent they so need to be successful on their entrepreneurial journey.

We know having the right skills in place at the right time is very often the determining factor in the success or failure of a business in todays’ competitive markets, so it is vital to get the right advice. We are inspired by the tech companies we work with and very much enjoy supporting new ventures as they develop from spin-out or start-up stage to gaining sales traction, winning major deals, growing and attracting investors.

Finding that talent and helping our customers attract and deploy great people is the DNA of our business.

Fearsome

Fearsome is a product design and engineering company based in Glasgow, Scotland, with a unique service offering that encompasses all areas of product advancement. In particular, innovation is central to our ethos and is the highest of our values. 

We very strongly believe that the process of commercial product design is best served with a robust and tested strategy in place before the conception of a product brief. In conventional product design, very often a product brief is in place, and a dedicated product design firm is retained to fulfill the brief. An opportunity is therefore missed in the commission of the brief to incorporate the needs of each stakeholder in any future product from an engineering standpoint. 

Our solution to this problem is product advancement.

Product advancement is shorthand for our service as a partner in innovation across the lifespan of many individual products and product lines. It’s a strategic partnership that puts the horse back before the cart - the early integration of Fearsome as a partner in the very first discussions of product strategy, long before any individual product brief is developed.

Our extensive in-house processes of research and pre-development are designed to comprehensively discover the opportunities available to our clients. These processes protect the interests of each stakeholder in a product, maximise the commercial viability of the product, and ensure that the product is a logical and compliant constituent part within a particular product line, and within the wider narrative of the company and the brand.

This strategic approach to innovation and creativity combined with the highest standards of commercial product engineering and regulatory compliance makes us the ideal development partner for both new and established companies.

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.