Blogs

How to Attract Investment to your Mission-Driven Organisation

Are you a young mission-driven organisation looking for finance to grow? Rob Halliday, Lead Fund Manager at Social Investment Scotland, introduces their impact investment arm, SIS Ventures, and shares his five key tips for attracting investment. Last year at Social Investment Scotland, we launched our impact investment arm, SIS Ventures, which aims to support and grow high impact organisations […]

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How to Build a Great Start-up Culture

Put simply, the better your company culture, the better people will perform. Jane Kennedy, Associate Director at TalentSpark, explains how to develop and maintain a great company culture that will attract, nurture and retain the brilliant people you need to build your business. Maintaining Company Culture as you Grow Maintaining your company culture as you […]

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QMU: Where Education and Enterprise Go Hand in Hand

In our latest blog, Miriam Smith, Business Development Manager at Queen Margaret University (QMU) explains how QMU’s strategic focus on entrepreneurship is helping to create a new wave of innovative student and graduate businesses with solutions that will benefit us all. What is your role at QMU? QMU has a proud history dating back to […]

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Are you up to the Mark ?

You’ve created ways of differentiating your products and services from the competition with attractive and enviable trade marks. So how do you make them work for you? It’s simple! Mark your products or services with the symbol ® or ™. Why? Firstly, marking highlights that a trade mark belongs to you. It sends the message […]

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From the Lab Bench to the Boardroom

Thinking about making the commercialisation leap? Our newest team member and former Converge alumna, Dr Lissa Herron, talks about her own experiences of transitioning from academia to business. Q: What made you decide to move from academia to business? I had known for a while that I didn’t want to be an academic, but I […]

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From Academia to Business – Taking the Leap

As part of our blog series, we will be catching up with Converge alumni – both past and present – to find out what it’s like to transition from academia to business; what motivated them to start and how Converge has helped them along the way. Kicking off the series we have KickStart 2019 winner, […]

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Ask the Expert – Q&A with Dr Ben Schögler at Skoog

Many of our alumni tell us that one of the most valuable parts of their Converge experience is our money-can’t-buy business training programme. With our 2019 cohort about to start this three day intensive course, we caught up with Dr Ben Schögler, CEO and Co-Founder of Edinburgh-based music technology business Skoogmusic who will be involved […]

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Going Global? Make Your IP Work for You

Thinking of going global? Wendy Crosby, Patents Director at Murgitroyd, explains how to develop a business strategy for patents, trade marks and registered designs. Global Strategy Launching and protecting innovation in a new territory requires a global strategy that deals with the many, varied and often specific local business and intellectual property (IP) issues which […]

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How to Motivate your Team

Running a start-up? Ewan Anderson, Marketing Start-up Specialist at TalentSpark, gives his top tips for motivating and leading your team. When you’re running a start-up and your mind is being pulled in several different directions, it can be easy to forget about motivating your team. Not every entrepreneur is the ‘lead-from-the-front’ larger than life personality […]

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Scotland

The UK is the start-up capital of Europe yet only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female. Bethany Robertson, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland blogs about the steps the bank is taking to address the issue together with her experience of working with universities and the wider ecosystem to encourage entrepreneurship […]

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Scaling your Social Enterprise

Are you an ambitious social enterprise looking to scale? FirstPort’s LaunchMe accelerator programme could be just the ticket. Read on for more details. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Just like any other business, social enterprises make their money from selling goods and […]

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How to Create an Effective IP Strategy

Every business will have Intellectual Property to protect so strategic decisions about IP need to be made early on. Creating an effective IP strategy is a good place to start and, Graham Murnane, Patents Director at Murgitroyd, talks us through the key areas to consider. WHERE TO START You should bear in mind firstly that […]

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