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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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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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GENDER GAP CLOSING AS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS MAKE UP NEARLY HALF OF ALL SUCCESSFUL ENTRIES TO CONVERGE 2019

Female entrepreneurs strongly represented in this year’s successful entries (49.1%) Tech for the greater good is a growing trend Semi-finalists now chase a place in the Converge final where a total prize fund of cash and in-kind support worth £230,000 awaits the winners this September A human skin culture system that mimics human skin and […]

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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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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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