The very latest innovations emerging from Scotland’s world-class universities were on show this week at a series of fast-paced, virtual pitching competitions hosted by Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the Higher Education sector.
As the fight against Covid-19 reaches a crucial tipping point, Scotland’s academic community has rallied to create a host of transformational business ideas for Converge, Scotland’s premier company creation programme for the Higher Education sector, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.
There is no denying, these are challenging times for business. To help you through, we have worked with our network of professional partners to create an online event series covering some of your most pressing concerns. Open to any young Scottish business, we will be covering cash flow, staffing, legal obligations and, crucially, funding options for start-ups with experts on hand to offer much-needed advice.
So you want to build a business out of your great idea? Gary Campbell, Key Account Director at the University of the Highlands and Islands, outlines the steps you need to take to create a proper business plan.
With cases of coronavirus increasing across Scotland, we recognise that prospective applicants to the Converge 2020 programme will be concerned. While we remain open for business, your health and safety is our first priority. As a precautionary measure, all face-to-face meetings including application workshops, 1-2-1s and drop-in sessions will now be replaced with Zoom video conferencing and telephone calls. While we might have to work in slightly different ways, Converge will continue to support university entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.
Converge launched in 2011 and since that time we have supported over 300 aspiring entrepreneurs. Our team actively follows their progress and we enjoy many close working relationships with our alumni – both past and present. However, we know how easy it is to lose touch particularly if you are a busy entrepreneur juggling work and life and trying to stay sane in between! Wouldn’t it be great if you could re-connect with your fellow alumni and the Converge team to share ideas, knowledge, advice, opportunities and more? Well, now you can through the Converge Club – a thriving community platform where Converge alumni can re-connect and engage with fellow-minded individuals in a safe space.
Ten nascent ideas from universities across Scotland are through to the finals of the 2020 KickStart Challenge, an early-stage entrepreneurial development programme sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland. Finalists will now make their case by pitching live at a special event hosted at The Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn this Wednesday. Many […]