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University Innovation Showcased at Converge Virtual Events

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.

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Converge Announces 2020 Cohort

Praise for Academic Community’s ‘indomitable Spirit’ despite Lockdown Fears as 2020 Converge Cohort is Announced 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 […]

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Covid-19: Free Business Advice Sessions

There is no denying, these are challenging times for anyone leading a business. To help with some of your most pressing concerns including cashflow, staffing and investment, Lissa and Adam in our Enterprise Team have been working with our network of professional partners to create an online event series. Check out our session summary below […]

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Record Numbers of Academic Entrepreneurs Apply to Converge 2020

Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the Higher Education sector, has received record numbers of applications to its 2020 programme, despite concerns about the impact of Covid-19. Applications, which have been growing incrementally year-on-year, are up by 17% compared to the same round in 2019, with all 18 of Scotland’s universities represented. This brings […]

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Converge Enterprise Drop-In Sessions

Have any last minute questions before submitting your Converge application? The Converge Enterprise team will be available on Zoom for drop-in sessions on Tuesday 12 May at 11am and 2pm to offer advice and support ahead of our deadline on Thursday 14 May. Use the login details below to join your preferred session: Tuesday 12 May at […]

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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. The key changes are: Application Deadline – Extended to Thursday 14 May at 12 noon Application […]

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Converge Announces Paul Atkinson as Strategic Advisory Board Chairman

onverge, 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 […]

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COVID-19: Information for Applicants

COVID-19 UPDATE: 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 […]

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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 […]

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Could you be our next entrepreNEWer?

Converge 2020 is now open for applications and the search is on to find Scotland’s next generation of academic entrepreneurs! Open to staff, students and recent graduates across Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes, Converge turns business ideas into business reality through intensive training, tailored support and game-changing cash prizes. Whether you are an academic looking […]

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University of St Andrews Project Crowned KickStart 2020 Winner!

An environmental monitoring company that provides low-cost, real-time pesticide sensing in water has won the top prize of £10,000 at the 2020 KickStart Awards. F-Sense founded by Ross Gillanders, a senior research fellow from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews, aims to address the pressing global issue of pesticide […]

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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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