Welcome to Inside Innovation

If there’s one thing that Covid-19 has taught us, it is that research and innovation have never been more important. The power to think differently and to innovate – talents which universities have in abundance – has saved countless lives while helping the world get back on its feet.


Many of you watching today will be familiar with Converge, and our work as Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the university sector. Whether you’re an old friend of the Converge family or attending your very first Converge event, you are in for a treat.

Each year our programme invites academic entrepreneurs to put forward their ideas for innovative businesses. Staff, students and recent graduates of all Scottish universities working across all sectors can apply, from early stage ideas right up to projects which are well developed and almost ready for spin-out. Above all, we look for innovation.

Successful participants – also known as semi- nalists – undergo intensive business training on all aspects of launching and running a successful enterprise. They then produce a business plan and, towards the end of the programme, compete for equity-free cash prizes to help them on their way.

The Challenges


  • 2k Finalist
  • £20k Runner-up
  • £50k Winner
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Create Change

  • 2k Finalist
  • £10k Runner-up
  • £20k Winner
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Net Zero

  • 2k Finalist
  • £10k Runner-up
  • £20k Winner
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Chiene + Tait

The team at Chiene + Tait has an unrivalled knowledge of the Scottish investment and startup market. Our collaborative approach has a direct, positive impact on our clients – our award-winning team has a genuine interest in their growth ambitions.

From our market leading Entrepreneurial Tax team that offer advice on Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS), Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) share schemes and Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief, through to our digital solutions focused accounts team, we are here every step of the way to provide clients with honest advice and tech-savvy solutions.



We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland is a UK-based banking and financial services company, headquartered in Edinburgh. Royal Bank of Scotland has paved the way in banking since it was established nearly 300 years ago. From the world’s first overdraft, and the first house purchase loan by a UK bank, to the first fully-fledged internet banking service, the bank has a history of using innovation to make banking easier for our customers.

Royal Bank launched its first mobile bank in 1946 and now has 20 mobile banks serving nearly 400 communities across Scotland. Royal Bank of Scotland has over two million customers in Scotland today, with over 120,000 business customers. These relationships are now enhanced by our Enterprise team who offer face to face support to customers the length and breadth of the country.



BeyondHR is an HR consultancy with a proven track record of providing high quality and affordable HR support solutions across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

With more than 25 years’ experience our team of qualified HR Consultants is proud to be the chosen HR partner for over 250 start-ups and SMEs across Scotland and Northern Ireland providing a full range of HR and Employee Relations support services.

We work across all industries and are respected for our pragmatic stance to problem solving and ensuring that we make the lives of our clients pain free by taking the stress out of HR issues while ensuring the best outcomes for their businesses.