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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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What is Impact?

In our latest blog, Thomas Gillan, Deputy Chief Executive at Social Investment Scotland asks “What is impact and why is it important”? With applications for Impact Challenge having recently closed and Impact Summit 2019 taking place this month, we’ve been thinking about what ‘impact’ means to us here at Social Investment Scotland (SIS). It’s pretty […]

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Solving the Big Issues of our Time through Innovation

Monday 22 April marked World Earth Day, a global day of environmental action aimed at raising awareness for the protection of our planet. In recognition of this important event, which is now in its 49th year, Andrew Youngson, Senior Policy Officer at the Scottish Funding Council, highlights some of the exciting innovations coming out of […]

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