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2019 KickStart Winner and Runner up Unveiled

A technology business looking to turn wastewater into fresh water has won the top prize of £10,000 at this year’s KickStart Awards. Waterwhelm, founded by Dr Ali Abbassi Monjezi, a former research associate in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, aims to address a worldwide lack of clean water. His concept is to commercialise […]

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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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KickStart 2019 Finalists Revealed!

Ten finalists are now through to the next stage of KickStart 2019, an early-stage entrepreneurial competition open to staff, students and recent graduates across Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes. Part of the Converge Programme, and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, a £10,000 cash prize now awaits the winner with £5,000 awarded to the […]

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Converge Challenge 2018 hits record numbers!

Converge Challenge 2018 closed to the record-breaking news of receiving 223 applications from Scottish University staff and students demonstrating the appetite for entrepreneurship across Scotland. This continued growth brought them to over 1,100 applications since the programme inception and an over 5 times increase in the number of budding entrepreneurs stepping forward compared to their […]

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Top 60 Converge Challenge 2018 shortlist announced!

Following record-breaking entries to this year’s Converge Challenge, the leading Top 60 projects from Scottish Universities and Research Institutes include a range of innovative ideas covering women’s health, virtual reality, renewables and sustainability, demonstrating that Scotland’s pipeline for new and innovative businesses is robust and healthier than ever before. The three Converge Challenge award categories […]

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Converge Challenge Top 30 Showcase To Business Leaders

The Converge Challenge 2018 best of the best Top 30 came together after three days of comprehensive business training to showcase the most innovative ideas emerging from Scottish Universities. They had just 60 seconds to present their innovative ideas to a panel of experts and esteemed industry professionals. Peter Orrell from the James Hutton Institute […]

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Academic innovations soar to new heights as 2018 Converge Challenge finalists are announced

The finalists have been announced for Scotland’s leading higher education company creation programme, illustrating that Scotland’s academic community continues to thrive as a collective entrepreneurial hub. With over 60% of the companies coming through being either founded or led by women, this year’s Converge Challenge is not only breaking down gender barriers but is innovating […]

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The Stars of Scottish Innovation Shine Bright at the Converge Challenge Awards

Carbogenics, a spin out the from University of Edinburgh has secured the coveted first prize at the 2018 Converge Challenge awards with their innovative waste solution. Turning low value paper waste products into a carbon-rich material, their revolutionary product CreChar improves biogas production and enhances digestate as a sustainable alternative to energy-intense mineral fertilisers The […]

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Largest ever KickStart cohort enrolled onto 2019 Programme

A record 139 applications were received from across Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions reinforcing the message that the country’s universities remain a bedrock of innovation for early-stage ideas and projects that have the potential to become viable businesses.  More projects than ever before will benefit from a 2-day practical business training programme to help develop their […]

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