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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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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Converge Enterprise Sessions Now Online

The Converge Enterprise Team is hosting weekly information sessions via Zoom - a web-based video conferencing tool and mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. If you have a bright business idea and are thinking about applying for this year's programme, taking part in one of our Zoom information sessions could be just the ticket. Delivered by Lissa and Adam in our Enterprise Team, sessions will take place every Tuesday at 11.00am from 7 April through to 5 May.  This is your chance to find out what our judges look for in a successful proposal. 

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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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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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