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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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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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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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