Converge 2020: New Deadline and Timeline

Important Information for Converge 2020 Applicants Converge is open for business and our 2020 programme remains on track. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have revised our timeline and key elements of the programme will now be delivered online.

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Converge Announces Paul Atkinson as Strategic Advisory Board Chairman

Converge, the pioneering entrepreneurship development and enterprise programme for staff, students and recent graduates from Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions, has appointed one of the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs and serial angel investors to chair its Strategic Advisory Board. Paul Atkinson, one of the founding partners of venture capital firm Par Equity and chairman of the fast-expanding recruitment services organisation Taranata Group, has been a renowned figure across the Scottish business and entrepreneurial landscape for many years, building value for companies in the technology and services sector, then taking them to a successful exit.

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KickStart 2020 Finalists Unveiled

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 […]

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Converge Enterprise Sessions Now Online

The Converge Enterprise Team is hosting weekly information sessions via Zoom - a web-based video conferencing tool and mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. If you have a bright business idea and are thinking about applying for this year's programme, taking part in one of our Zoom information sessions could be just the ticket. Delivered by Lissa and Adam in our Enterprise Team, sessions will take place every Tuesday at 11.00am from 7 April through to 5 May.  This is your chance to find out what our judges look for in a successful proposal. 

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The Underestimated Value of Industrial Design

Great products not only function well, they look good too says Lynda-Marie Taurasi, Integrated Marketing Manager at i4 Product Design in our latest blog. When you think of a well-designed product, what comes to mind? Are you considering a product that looks good or functions well? Did you think of your phone or your car? […]

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Safeguarding your IP at Conferences, Exhibitions and Events

Events can be a great platform to raise awareness of your new product. However, make sure that your IP is protected says Jamie Allan, Patents Director at Murgitroyd in our latest blog. With the spring conference season about to start, we thought it would be useful to take time to think of some simple steps […]

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Murgitroyd Announces New Converge IP Support Team

Murgitroyd, a long-standing partner providing exclusive Intellectual Property advice to Converge participants has just announced a new, dedicated Converge IP Support Team. Heading up the new team is Director of Trade Marks, Chris Cairns, a Senior Trade Mark Attorney with over 20 years’ experience of working with companies of all sizes to help them identify, […]

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How to Incentivise Employees in a Small Business

In our latest blog Neil McLeese, Director at BeyondHR, explains what you need consider when thinking about how you can incentivise your employees. Good news! Money isn’t everything… Professor Adrian Furnham wrote in The New Psychology of Money: “Psychological research has consistently suggested that where money has motivational power it is nearly always negative”. The […]

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Scotland’s Universities Bring Forward a New Pipeline of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A biodegradable coffee cup made from coffee waste; a sensor that checks if runway conditions are safe during aircraft approach and landing; a patent pending solution for the diagnosis and therapy of ‘lazy eye’, a condition affecting 230 million children worldwide – these are just some of the ground-breaking ideas emerging from this year’s pool […]

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