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KickStart 2020 Roadshow

The Converge Outreach Team will be travelling across Scotland this October and November to promote the launch of the 2020 KickStart Programme to staff and students across all of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes. If you have an early-stage, innovative idea and are embarking on the first steps of your commercialisation journey, then this is […]

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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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Founder or Flounder – What Makes a Great CEO?

Convinced that only you can lead your start-up to success? In our latest blog, Jane Kennedy, Associate Director at TalentSpark, suggests that your strengths and talents may lie elsewhere in the business. The role of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) varies enormously depending on the company’s mission, product, goals, and operational needs. As the ultimate […]

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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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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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