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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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Murgitroyd Announces New Converge IP Support Team

Murgitroyd, a long-standing partner providing exclusive Intellectual Property advice to Converge participants has just announced a new, dedicated Converge IP Support Team. Heading up the new team is Director of Trade Marks, Chris Cairns, a Senior Trade Mark Attorney with over 20 years’ experience of working with companies of all sizes to help them identify, […]

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Scotland’s Universities Bring Forward a New Pipeline of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A biodegradable coffee cup made from coffee waste; a sensor that checks if runway conditions are safe during aircraft approach and landing; a patent pending solution for the diagnosis and therapy of ‘lazy eye’, a condition affecting 230 million children worldwide – these are just some of the ground-breaking ideas emerging from this year’s pool […]

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Social Investment Scotland Appoints First Head of Impact

Social funding provider, Social Investment Scotland, underlines its commitment to social impact with the appointment of its first ever Head of Impact. Scotland’s leading responsible finance provider, Social Investment Scotland (SIS), has appointed its first ever Head of Impact as it looks to further evolve and strengthen its position as an expert enabler for social […]

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Scotland’s Universities Set a New Bar for Global Innovation as 2019 Converge Winners are Announced

The Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship for staff, students and recent graduates across all Scottish Universities, took place on Wednesday 25 September at the spectacular V&A in Dundee.  The annual quest to find the country’s most promising academic entrepreneurs with innovative and commercially-viable business ideas was attended by 200 guests […]

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Scotland Top of the Class for University-Led Innovation as Converge Announces 2019 Finalists

The finalists for Converge 2019, Scotland’s leading entrepreneurial development programme for Higher Education, have been revealed, illustrating how Scotland’s Universities are competing on the global stage with ground breaking innovations. 18 academic entrepreneurs leading both start-ups and spin-outs and representing institutions from across the length and breadth of Scotland, will now go head-to-head at the […]

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Our Training

Business Training – But Not As You Know It. Completely bespoke and designed specifically for academic entrepreneurs, our three-day, intensive course is focused on helping you to turn your business idea into a valuable proposition and a successful company.  Many of our alumni tell us that one of the most valuable parts of their Converge […]

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Power Up your Business

Looking to power up your business? The Royal Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator programme is now open for applications. Read on for more details. Applications are now open for the Royal Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator – a fully-funded programme designed to give established businesses, like yours, access to the right support, insight and people to take you forward, […]

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New Team Member for Converge

We are delighted to welcome Lissa Herron into the Converge team.  Lissa takes up the role of Enterprise Outreach Manager, working alongside Adam Kosterka to deliver the outreach and training elements of the programme. Lissa joins us from Roslin Technologies Limited and has invaluable experience of working with spin-outs and commercialisation of research.  We are […]

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