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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COVID-19: Information for Applicants

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.

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Introducing the Converge Club

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.

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What to do if someone is Copying your IP

Intellectual Property infringement can have serious consequences. In our latest blog, Catherine Bonner, Patents Director at Murgitroyd explains the steps you can take to protect yourself.  

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Could you be our next entrepreNEWer?

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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University of St Andrews Project Crowned KickStart 2020 Winner!

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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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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