Edinburgh Napier University Celebrates Entrepreneurial Success at Converge Challenge Finals

September 6, 2018

The finalists have been revealed for the 2018 Converge Challenge, Scotland’s premier company creation programme. Edinburgh Napier University has an exciting project shortlisted within the Social Enterprise category.

Representing the University is Dr Pam Ramsay, a qualitative researcher in the School of Health and Social Care with Critical Care Recovery, an innovative Scottish web based business providing bespoke information, advice and support for people recovering after Intensive Care.

Emerging technologies and much needed industry innovations are showcased by the twenty-three entrepreneurs that have been shortlisted. Ranging from early stage projects to established start-up and spin-out businesses, the finalists will head to Edinburgh later this month to take part in the awards ceremony of the 2018 Converge Challenge programme.

Renowned venture capitalist and serial investor, Paul Atkinson, founder of Par Equity and a member of the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board, believes that high calibre of entries this year is a direct result of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions’ continued support of innovative projects and ideas.

He had this to say;

“Converge Challenge is a transformative programme which combines business support, training and mentoring as a complete package to support the business creation process. This sets Converge Challenge apart as Scotland’s most prestigious company creation programme for our academic community. It continuous to nurture disruptive innovative companies generating a much needed pipeline of high quality investable propositions.”

There are 23 finalists across the three categories which sit under the Converge Challenge. Seven finalists in the Converge category aimed at businesses ready to incorporate, ten in the KickStart Programme for early stage ideas and six in the Social Enterprise category aimed towards businesses creating positive impact on social and environmental issues.

Dr. Olga Kozlova, director of Converge Challenge, expressed her gratitude to every Higher Education Institution in Scotland for continuing to encourage participation in Converge Challenge.

She comments;

“Scottish Universities are strongly committed to contributing to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. For the university-based entrepreneurs their entrepreneurial journey starts with Converge Challenge – crystallising the business idea and making them part of the highly supportive ecosystem. We are delighted with such a strong cohort of projects and look forward to working with them in the months to come.”

The Converge Challenge 2018 winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony on Thursday 20th September at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh where a total prize pot of £160,000 and in-kind business support await the winners and runners up.

The full list of finalists are;

Converge Challenge

  • • Carbogenics – Jan Mumme – University of Edinburgh
  • • Cytochroma – Kate Cameron – University of Edinburgh
  • • Kenoteq – Samuel Chapman – Heriot Watt University
  • • mycoBiologics – Fiona Rudkin – University of Aberdeen
  • • MycoNourish – Peter Orrell – James Hutton Institute – Dundee
  • • Teqnox – Carmen Cummiskey – University of Strathclyde
  • • Platinum Informatics – Angus Lamond – University of Dundee

KickStart

  • • Silver Lion Innovations Ltd – Ruth McLaren – University of Strathclyde
  • • HiRes Solutions – Vassiliki Voulgaridou/Vassilis Sboros – Heriot-Watt University
  • • Vector Photonics – Richard Taylor – University of Glasgow
  • • ThermoDrone – Simone Mattsson – Heriot-Watt University
  • • AquaOmics – Dr Mary Doherty University of Highlands & Islands
  • • Immernova – Atanas Chilingirov – University of Dundee
  • • Crover Ltd – Lorenzo Conti – University of Edinburgh
  • • SiMologics – Mohammed Al Qaraghuli – University of Strathclyde
  • • Infinect – Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura – Heriot-Watt University
  • • Seawater Solutions – Yanik Nyberg – University of Strathclyde.

Social Enterprise

  • • One Cherry – Anton Puzorjov – University of Edinburgh
  • • Lilypads – Alison Wood – University of Edinburgh
  • • criticalcarerecovery.com – Dr Pam Ramsay – Edinburgh Napier University
  • • Youcan Recycling – Thomas Bayne – Abertay University
  • • CogniHealth – Pranav Shakti – University of Edinburgh
  • • Health Design Collective – Dr Kavi C Jagadamma – Queen Margaret University

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