Power Up your Business

Looking to power up your business? The Royal Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator programme is now open for applications. Read on for more details. Applications are now open for the Royal Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator – a fully-funded programme designed to give established businesses, like yours, access to the right support, insight and people to take you forward, […]

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New Team Member for Converge

We are delighted to welcome Lissa Herron into the Converge team. Lissa takes up the role of Enterprise Outreach Manager, working alongside Adam Kosterka to deliver the outreach and training elements of the programme. Lissa joins us from Roslin Technologies Limited and has invaluable experience of working with spin-outs and commercialisation of research. We are […] Read more Blogs From Academia to Business – Taking the Leap June 18, 2019 As part of our blog series, we will be catching up with Converge alumni – both past and present – to find out what it’s like to transition from academia to business; what motivated them to start and how Converge has helped them along the way. Kicking off the series we have KickStart 2019 winner, […] Read more News & Blogs It’s a Hat Trick! Women Entrepreneurs Win Big at Converge Pitching Events June 13, 2019 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 […] Read more Blogs Ask the Expert – Q&A with Dr Ben Schögler at Skoog June 11, 2019 Many of our alumni tell us that one of the most valuable parts of their Converge experience is our money-can’t-buy business training programme. With our 2019 cohort about to start this three day intensive course, we caught up with Dr Ben Schögler, CEO and Co-Founder of Edinburgh-based music technology business Skoogmusic who will be involved […] Read more Blogs Going Global? Make Your IP Work for You June 3, 2019 Thinking of going global? Wendy Crosby, Patents Director at Murgitroyd, explains how to develop a business strategy for patents, trade marks and registered designs. Global Strategy Launching and protecting innovation in a new territory requires a global strategy that deals with the many, varied and often specific local business and intellectual property (IP) issues which […]

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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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GENDER GAP CLOSING AS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS MAKE UP NEARLY HALF OF ALL SUCCESSFUL ENTRIES TO CONVERGE 2019

Female entrepreneurs strongly represented in this year’s successful entries (49.1%) Tech for the greater good is a growing trend Semi-finalists now chase a place in the Converge final where a total prize fund of cash and in-kind support worth £230,000 awaits the winners this September A human skin culture system that mimics human skin and […]

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Scaling your Social Enterprise

Are you an ambitious social enterprise looking to scale? FirstPort’s LaunchMe accelerator programme could be just the ticket. Read on for more details. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Just like any other business, social enterprises make their money from selling goods and […]

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Pool of Scotland’s Academic Entrepreneurs Continues to Rise

Entrepreneurship is alive and well and accelerating to new heights in Scotland’s Universities as evidenced by the growth and breadth of submissions to Converge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for the Higher Education sector. This year’s pool of candidates come from a diverse range of industries including a med-tech coating device to prevent the spread […]

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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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Innovation Award presented to ClinSpec Dx

The 2019 Scottish Life Sciences Award winners have been announced. The Awards were presented at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in front of 700 leading players in Scotland’s life sciences sector. This year’s winners include ClinSpec Dx, a spin-out from the University of Strathclyde and 2017 Converge Challenge runner-up. The team, including Dr Matt Baker […]

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