Covid-19: Free Business Advice Sessions

There is no denying, these are challenging times for business. To help you through, we have worked with our network of professional partners to create an online event series covering some of your most pressing concerns. Open to any young Scottish business, we will be covering cash flow, staffing, legal obligations and, crucially, funding options for start-ups with experts on hand to offer much-needed advice.

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Record Numbers of Academic Entrepreneurs  Apply to Converge 2020

Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the Higher Education sector, has received record numbers of applications to its 2020 programme, despite concerns about the impact of Covid-19. Applications, which have been growing incrementally year-on-year, are up by 17% compared to the same round in 2019, with all 18 of Scotland’s universities represented.

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Converge Enterprise Drop-In Sessions

Have any last minute questions before submitting your Converge application? The Converge Enterprise team will be available on Zoom for drop-in sessions on Tuesday 12 May at 11am and 2pm to offer advice and support ahead of our deadline on Thursday 14 May.

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Converge 2020: New Deadline and Timeline

Important Information for Converge 2020 Applicants Converge is open for business and our 2020 programme remains on track. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have revised our timeline and key elements of the programme will now be delivered online.

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Converge Announces Paul Atkinson as Strategic Advisory Board Chairman

Converge, the pioneering entrepreneurship development and enterprise programme for staff, students and recent graduates from Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions, has appointed one of the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs and serial angel investors to chair its Strategic Advisory Board. Paul Atkinson, one of the founding partners of venture capital firm Par Equity and chairman of the fast-expanding recruitment services organisation Taranata Group, has been a renowned figure across the Scottish business and entrepreneurial landscape for many years, building value for companies in the technology and services sector, then taking them to a successful exit.

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COVID-19: Information for Applicants

With cases of coronavirus increasing across Scotland, we recognise that prospective applicants to the Converge 2020 programme will be concerned. While we remain open for business, your health and safety is our first priority. As a precautionary measure, all face-to-face meetings including application workshops, 1-2-1s and drop-in sessions will now be replaced with Zoom video conferencing and telephone calls. While we might have to work in slightly different ways, Converge will continue to support university entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.

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Introducing the Converge Club

Converge launched in 2011 and since that time we have supported over 300 aspiring entrepreneurs. Our team actively follows their progress and we enjoy many close working relationships with our alumni – both past and present. However, we know how easy it is to lose touch particularly if you are a busy entrepreneur juggling work and life and trying to stay sane in between! Wouldn’t it be great if you could re-connect with your fellow alumni and the Converge team to share ideas, knowledge, advice, opportunities and more?  Well, now you can through the Converge Club – a thriving community platform where Converge alumni can re-connect and engage with fellow-minded individuals in a safe space.

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Could you be our next entrepreNEWer?

Ten nascent ideas from universities across Scotland are through to the finals of the 2020 KickStart Challenge, an early-stage entrepreneurial development programme sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland. Finalists will now make their case by pitching live at a special event hosted at The Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn this Wednesday. Many […]

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University of St Andrews Project Crowned KickStart 2020 Winner!

Ten nascent ideas from universities across Scotland are through to the finals of the 2020 KickStart Challenge, an early-stage entrepreneurial development programme sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland. Finalists will now make their case by pitching live at a special event hosted at The Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn this Wednesday. Many […]

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KickStart 2020 Finalists Unveiled

Ten nascent ideas from universities across Scotland are through to the finals of the 2020 KickStart Challenge, an early-stage entrepreneurial development programme sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland. Finalists will now make their case by pitching live at a special event hosted at The Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Gogarburn this Wednesday. Many […]

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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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Calling All Female-Led Businesses!

The Royal Bank of Scotland is hosting a full day conference on 27 November in partnership with Women’s Enterprise Scotland to help women-led businesses address and break down some of the barriers facing female entrepreneurs. This includes securing various types of funding; leveraging role models and maximising networking. The event will build on the findings […]

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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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Supporting Rural Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely business – even more so if you live in a remote, rural area. In our latest blog, Chris Moule, Head of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Robert Gordon University, talks about a new initiative in Aberdeenshire helping rural entrepreneurial communities to flourish and thrive. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. The […]

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Q&A with Saskia Goeres: KickStart 2019 Runner-up

In our latest blog, we catch up with Saskia Goeres of Sofa for Life, to find out what inspired her to go into business and how the company is progressing since winning the KickStart 2019 Runner-up prize. What inspired you to start Sofa for Life? This business idea grew while I was in my fifth […]

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