Spotlight on Innovation

Scotland’s world-class universities are the birthplace for some of our most successful businesses with recent examples including Exscientia, Fixed Phage and Current Health.

To see this innovation pipeline in action, we are bringing some of the very best emerging ideas from our academic sector to Spotlight on Innovation – a special, investors-only event at Scotland House on Thursday 13 October. Featuring finalists in our Converge Challenge category, all six will pitch their ground-breaking ideas live on the night.

To access their profiles – name, business summary and 1-minute video pitch – click on the big blue button below.

 

 

Converge

  • commercial potential
  • solid IP
  • scalable
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Our Partners

Cisco

Cisco helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers' needs and provide solutions that fuel their success.

Nearly every Internet connection in the UK touches Cisco technology and we're investing in projects across Scotland to support innovation, from smart cities to transport, healthcare and manufacturing, to cyber-security and digital skills.

 

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.

 

SIS Ventures

SIS Ventures, Scotland's leading impact investor, works with entrepreneurs committed to bringing positive change for the people and planet.

SIS Ventures is part of the Social Investment Scotland group, who have been providing Mission-aligned investment and support for over two decades and deployed over £100m in 400+ social enterprises and Mission-led businesses across the UK. 

SIS Ventures is Converge's strategic partner for Impact, helping us and the companies coming through our programme to embed environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in their operating standards. By focussing on diversity and profit with purpose, together we will shape a more vibrant and cohesive economy and support greater social change.

 

SSE

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.

 

BeyondHR

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.

 

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.

 

CPI

Enterprises is the private investor engagement and ventures arm of CPI, a leading independent technology innovation centre and a founding member of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Enterprises stimulates impactful investment into early-stage deep tech companies, leveraging our world-class technical expertise, facilities and innovation network to benefit both investors and companies alike.

 

Haseltine Lake Kempner

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP is one of the largest independent IP firms in Europe providing global services which span the whole spectrum of the IPR life span, from strategy through to filing and all the way through to litigation. 

All of the firm’s resources and expertise are exclusively dedicated to IP protection: safeguarding the inventions, creative designs, brand identities and other innovations of their clients, using patents, trademarks, registered and unregistered designs and copyright. Haseltine Lake Kempner is privileged to work with some of the most exciting and forward-looking businesses in the world which are at the forefront of innovation and product development in their various spheres. The firm currently has clients in over 50 countries, including the UK, US, China, Japan and all major European countries.

The firm’s clients include large corporate entities, universities, research institutes, SMEs and early stage businesses across all sectors, all serviced from our offices in Glasgow, London, Munich, Bristol, Leeds, the Netherlands and Guangzhou (China).

 

i4 Product Design

i4 Product Design is an employee-owned company with a +15 year track record of working with start-ups and multinationals to deliver commercially successful products. 


Clients utilise the i4pd team to accelerate challenging roadmaps and/or innovate a way past technical challenges. The i4pd team achieve this by augmenting the size and capabilities of a client’s internal team.


Our experienced engineers and creative design team work in partnership with clients throughout the product design and development process to ensure their products aren’t just beautiful, they’re brilliant too.

 

MBM Commercial

MBM Commercial is an award-winning commercial law firm that helps entrepreneurial businesses.

Many of our clients are going through significant growth, either by investment, acquisition or by international expansion. We are committed to helping our clients succeed and always aim to help make connections and add value wherever possible. The work that we do spans all sectors, and we are proud to represent many exciting businesses, ranging from small start-ups to large companies. 

The firm provides a full range of commercial legal services, including corporate finance, commercial contracts, insolvency/restructuring, commercial property, dispute resolution, employment/HR and company administration.