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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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It’s a Hat Trick! Women Entrepreneurs Win Big at Converge Pitching Events

Three female entrepreneurs from this year’s Converge cohort were awarded ‘Best Pitch’ prizes at a series of fast-paced pitching competitions taking place this week in Edinburgh. On Tuesday night at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Karis Gill from the University of Edinburgh, triumphed in the Impact Challenge category with Social Stories Club, a socially-conscious company producing ethically-minded […]

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Pool of Scotland’s Academic Entrepreneurs Continues to Rise

Entrepreneurship is alive and well and accelerating to new heights in Scotland’s Universities as evidenced by the growth and breadth of submissions to Converge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for the Higher Education sector. This year’s pool of candidates come from a diverse range of industries including a med-tech coating device to prevent the spread […]

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All 18 Scottish Universities Pledge Financial Support to Converge

All 18 of Scotland’s Universities have joined the Scottish Funding Council and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland to pledge financial support for Converge, the pioneering entrepreneurship development and enterprise programme for staff, students and recent graduates from within Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes. The quest to find the country’s most dynamic and creative thinkers, […]

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