• Future Fit for Success - Find out How to Future Proof your Business

    Industry 4.0 is coming. Find out how to future proof your manufacturing business at the upcoming Future Fit for Success event.

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  • BioCity Announces Dates for Accelerator and Pre-Accelerator Programmes

    Calling all life sciences and med tech alumni! BioCity has announced the dates for its Accelerator and Pre-Accelerator programmes.

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  • Murgitroyd Announces Top Three Finalists in 2018 Innovator Launchpad Competition!

    Three companies including two Converge Challenge alumni have reached the final stage of Murgitroyd's Innovator Launchpad 2018 competition. They include:

    Alterwaste, a company tackling plastic pollution by creating a brand-new fully compostable alternative to plastic made from eggshells

    Designed For Life, creators of an innovative sofa design which has a circular service and extends the sofa’s lifetime by enabling adaptability, reuse and recycling;

    Windstorm Renewables, who have developed a mini power station design using innovative wind turbine technology on a modified vertical axis wind turbine which generates more power at a lower cost.

    The top three will now be interviewed by a cross-industry panel to decide on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with the winner announced on 22 January 2019.

    Good luck to all the finalists!

  • Present Pal receives AI for Accessibility Grant from Microsoft

    Glasgow based start-up Present Pal is amongst the first round of grantees awarded with the Microsoft AI for Accessibility Programme.

    AI for Accessibility is a $25 million, 5-year programme aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people around the world with disabilities.

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  • New Director Appointment at Converge Challenge

    Converge Challenge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes which is hosted by Heriot Watt University, has confirmed the appointment of its new Director, Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo.

    Claudia, who joined Converge Challenge in October 2017 as Deputy Director, is a former Saltire fellow with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. During her career, she worked with a biotech spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and more recently was Head of Saltire Fellowship within Entrepreneurial Scotland.

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  • Largest ever KickStart cohort enrolled onto 2019 training programme following record number of early-stage applications

    A record 139 applications were received from across Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions reinforcing the message that the country’s universities remain a bedrock of innovation for early-stage ideas and projects that have the potential to become viable businesses. 

    More projects than ever before will benefit from a 2-day practical business training programme to help develop their proposition culminating in an Awards Final with a prize package of £15,000.

    Scotland’s vibrant academic entrepreneurial eco-system continues to flourish with 33 early stage business ideas within sight of reaching the final of the Converge Challenge KickStart 2019 programme next March where a £10,000 cash prize awaits the winner and £5,000 will go to the runner up.

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  • Scottish Funding Council Announces New Chief Executive

    The Scottish Funding Council has announced the appointment of Karen Watt as its new Chief Executive.  The appointment follows a robust selection process supported by our recruitment partner, Aspen People.

    Karen, who takes up the role on 14 January 2019, joins the SFC from the Scottish Government where, as Director of External Affairs, she has had a leading role in developing the Scottish Government’s response to the EU Referendum.

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  • Chromacity have developed a new laser technology that can identify unknown white powders from safe distance

    White powders found at known or potential crime scenes present investigators and first responders with a dilemma. Touching the powders could be dangerous or compromise the evidence, and sending samples to a lab to be identified could take too long.

    Now, scientists at Heriot-Watt University have proved the concept that white powders have a unique ‘fingerprint’ that allows them to be identified instantly, using portable laser technology.

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  • Murgitroyd's Innovator Launchpad is back!

    Our valued Partner, Murgitroyd have launched their 2018 Autumn Innovator Launchpad competition!

    Start-ups are invited to enter the 2018 Innovator Launchpad competition to compete for a £6,500 cash investment to their business as well as a PR and support package. All UK-based pre-profit and non-profit enterprises are eligible to enter, and the deadline for applications is Wed 7th Nov @ 1200 GMT.

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  • KickStart - Events & Workshops

    The Converge Outreach Team will be travelling across Scotland in October & November to promote the early-stage KickStart programme to staff and students from all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

    The Outreach team includes Dr. Claudia Cavalluzzo and Adam Kosterka. Claudia has experience in entrepreneurial leadership and Life Sciences spin-outs while Adam has extensive knowledge of business start-up and innovation. 

    The team can offer hands on support to all applicants, be it application advice or just a sounding board.

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