Commercialisation Training Programme

The Converge Challenge Training Programme will take place in Edinburgh on May 29 –May 31, 2018.

Please note that by applying you confirm you are available for these dates.

Converge Challenge

Do you have a big idea? Are you looking to spin your idea out from the University? Then the Converge Challenge is for you! Converge Challenge provides hands-on mentoring, business support and offers a total prize fund of £130,000+ of cash and in-kind business support.

There are three Converge Challenge awards:

  • 1st Prize (£43,000 cash & £27,500+ in-kind)
  • Runner up (£15,000 cash & £16,500+ in-kind)
  • Design & Creativity (£10,000 cash & £16,000+ in-kind)

KickStart Award

Do you have an early-stage idea for a new product, or service? If so we can offer business support and provide enough funding for you to create a prototype or secure IP rights. The prize pot is £10,000 cash injection is vital to help kick start your business venture.

There are two KickStart awards:

Social Enterprise Award

Does your business idea focus on tackling social problems, strengthening communities, improving people's life chances or protecting the environment? If so you could be in with a chance of winning thousands of pounds to help get it off the ground. 

There are two Social Enterprise awards:

  • 1st prize (£6,000 cash & £5,000 in-kind)
  • Runner up (£4,000 cash & £5,000 in-kind)

The in-kind support will include an investment readiness workshop delivered by Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and PR support.