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Supporting and Empowering Entrepreneurs

Nick Bansal, Business Growth Enabler (BGE) at The Royal Bank of Scotland gives us an insight into his role and how he supports entrepreneurship and business growth within Aberdeen and the Shire. With new businesses and innovative concepts increasingly emerging from within our local universities and colleges, it’s important for me to be an integral […]

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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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