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How to Start and Run a Business: Workshop Series

Starting a business can seem overwhelming and complicated.  There are so many things to consider from identifying your target market and protecting your IP, all the way through to business planning, fundraising and much more besides. To help you navigate your way through some of these key challenges, Lissa and Adam in the Converge Enterprise Team […]

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Clean Sweep for Female Entrepreneurs at Converge 2020 Awards

For the first time in its 10 year existence, female entrepreneurs have emerged as winners from the three main ‘Challenge’ categories in the 2020 Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship, as Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, praised this year’s Converge cohort as having ‘the very qualities and the mindset that the […]

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Converge Announces 2020 Finalists

The finalists for Converge 2020, Scotland’s leading academic company creation programme, have been announced. 18 fledgling businesses and a wide range of exceptional innovation from across the nation’s universities are preparing to be showcased later this month. As with many other high-profile national events, this year’s Converge final on Thursday 24 September will be staged ‘virtually’ via a webcast, […]

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New Award to Boost Female Entrepreneurship

BOOST FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS AS CONVERGE AND THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND LAUNCH NEW BUSINESS AWARD Converge has partnered with the Royal Bank of Scotland to launch a new award designed to promote female entrepreneurship in Scotland. Named after Alison Rose, CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland and author of the 2019 HM Treasury-commissioned independent […]

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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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