The Bright Red Sparks 2020 Award Winners

April 22, 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020, saw our Bright Red Sparks Awards winners revealed online. Normally we celebrate with a big ceremony at The Balmoral Hotel, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to digitalise the awards so we could announce the winners to schedule.

The Bright Red Sparks 2020 Awards winners were revealed in a film that was shown as a Facebook Live event last Tuesday evening.

Want to know who won? You can watch the film here:

Congratulations to all of our finalists, the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all your applications and it was certainly a hard decision to make. As Nick Fannin, Head of Enterprise at Edinburgh Napier University, said:

“These are strange and uncertain times and so it was important for us to celebrate the Bright Red Sparks Awards and all the enterprising students, staff and alumni at the University. These awards and the cash and in-kind support that goes with them is going to be so important to our winners in the current challenging environment.

“It’s also great to be able to recognise the hard work of all the applicants and to remind everyone that life goes on and that businesses can adapt and still grow.

“Of course we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from our generous supporters and sponsors, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Morton Ward, Graphic Designer Pro, Santander Universities and the Moffat Charitable Trust.”

The winners of this year’s Bright Red Sparks competition are:

Bright Ideas (£2,000 prize + in-kind support from Morton Ward)

10T clothing brand (James Marshall). Products are made from recycled or upcycled materials. The first collection is a jacket, bum bag, bucket hat and duffle bag made from recycled tents collected from music festivals. James said: 

“’I am over the moon to win the Bright Ideas, Business for Good and Moonshot Awards, and to be Edinburgh Napier’s entrant into the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. I am still in shock but absolutely buzzing to see where it can take me.”   

Business for Good (£2,000 prize)

10T clothing brand (James Marshall)

James Marshall, 10T

Going for Growth (£2,000 prize + in-kind support from Shepherd and Wedderburn, and Morton Ward)

High Tide film and video production (Alex Porter-Smith, Eathan Currie). Edinburgh Napier alumni who specialise in creating high end online film and video content for a range of clients. Alex said: 

“The cash award will enable us to support our activities over the next few months while continuing to grow our business, but we’re particularly excited about the in-kind support from Shepherd and Wedderburn and Morton Ward – their advice will be invaluable when planning the next stages.”

Eathan Currie and Alex Porter-Smith, High Tide

Active Citizens (£1,000 prize)

pRESPECT reducing child poverty (Viana Maya, Karsten Huttenhain). Current students aiming to empower under-represented and diverse individuals to access meaningful and sustainable employment using drama techniques, technology and research. They said:

“We are grinning from ear to ear. This has added a wee skip to our stride as we strive to give our amazing, talented prospects just that tiny boost into meaningful work.”

Karsten Huttenhain and Viana Maya, pRESPECT

Enterprising Educators (£2,000 prize)

Design for Professional Practice career development (Ruth Cochrane) Fourth year Product and Interior Design module used as a platform to develop the University’s enterprise strategy by embedding undergraduate development opportunities.  Ruth said: “I’m delighted to win this Bright Red Sparks Enterprising Educator award in recognition of the support we offer our amazing students to become entrepreneurs.  We hope to use the prize fund to expand our work in creating inclusive pathways, encouraging and enabling our graduates to start businesses and create employment in an uncertain future.”

“I’m delighted to win this Bright Red Sparks Enterprising Educator award in recognition of the support we offer our amazing students to become entrepreneurs.  We hope to use the prize fund to expand our work in creating inclusive pathways, encouraging and enabling our graduates to start businesses and create employment in an uncertain future.”

Ruth Cochrane, Edinburgh Napier University

Freelancer of the Year (£1,000 prize + in-kind support from Graphic Designer Pro)

Bright Edge Media video storytelling (John Matheson) Current television student using his skills to create content which supports charities in telling their stories. John said:

“This is a huge encouragement. The experience of Graphic Designer Pro in utilising video communication will be really helpful to me as I take Bright Edge Media forward.”

John Matheson, Bright Edge Media

As a final round-up, here are what three of our sponsors and judges had to say:

John Morrison, Senior Associate at Shepherd and Wedderburn, said:

“The quality of entries in the Bridge Red Sparks competition was, again, extremely impressive and all of the finalists deserve to be commended on the fantastic businesses they are each creating.  We wish all of the finalists every success and look forward to supporting the Going for Growth and Moonshot Award winners, High Tide Media and 10T, to scale their respective businesses.”

Ewan Morton, Managing Director, Morton Ward, said:

“Congratulations to James from 10T and to all of this year’s finalists in what is one of the premier entrepreneurship competitions in Scotland’s Higher Education sector. It’s fantastic to see young entrepreneurs rising to the challenges of the modern world with businesses that embrace environmental sustainability and the circular economy. Morton Ward are delighted to be associated with the competition and we are looking forward to working with the winners.”

Dominic Bargeton, Director, Graphic Designer Pro, said:

“We were delighted to be asked to support the Bright Red Triangle, Bright Red Sparks competition. It’s such a good opportunity for driven and creative students to showcase their talents. We are looking forward to working more with Bright Red Triangle and their pool of talented entrepreneurs in the future.”

Congratulations to all of our finalists, and we look forward to continue working with you on your entrepreneurial endeavours. Remember you can book an appointment with our business advisers at any stage by clicking here.

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