Bright Red Sparks

Lightbulb moments, inspiring people.

Bright Red Sparks is our celebration of innovation and enterprise across Edinburgh Napier University.


In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled our awards ceremony that was planned for 9 April, at The Balmoral Hotel. The winners will instead be announced online and to the original planned schedule. We will update everyone on this as more information is released. Please read our webpage here regarding changes to Bright Red Triangle’s activities during this uncertain time.


The Bright Red Sparks competition provides an opportunity for Edinburgh Napier students, staff, and alumni to showcase their entrepreneurial success with a chance to win cash prizes and in-kind support to further develop themselves, their ideas, and their business. With six categories to enter, there is something for everyone – individuals and businesses alike. Entries for our 2020 competition have now closed.


The Bright Red Sparks awards ceremony is open to all, and offers an exciting evening to celebrate innovation and enterprise across the Edinburgh Napier community. The winners of our Bright Red Sparks competition are revealed on the night, we have a three course meal, drinks, and a fantastic opportunity to meet individuals from across the entrepreneurial community in Edinburgh and beyond.

Bright Red Sparks Awards Highlights


What people said they enjoyed most about the Bright Red Sparks Awards 2018

“The positive atmosphere, the way the event was put together and the purpose of the awards – helping startups and businesses grow.”


“There was a buzz in the room and everyone seemed excited with anticipation and pride at being part of the community.”


“The atmosphere was great, lots of interesting people and projects, was lovely to have a photographer there as well. Definitely a success!”


What people said they enjoyed most about Bright Red Sparks Awards 2019

“There was a real buzz around the venue the whole night… it went along with a sense of anticipation and camaraderie. What an amazing experience!”


“The event was very well placed and the seating arrangement was productive and friendly, especially for newbies. The host, speakers and award winners spoke well and it was inspiring to see the future for social or community focused startups.”


“Everything was great, I really enjoyed my evening!”

2019 Winners

In 2019, we celebrated our second Bright Red Sparks at The Balmoral. Six winners were announced on the evening. Find out what some of our winners had to say here.

Business for Good

Shannon Fontius, Echo Shoppe

Going for Growth

Tom Inglis, Wildcat Applications

Active Citizens

Isabel Dosser, Dignity Boxes

Enterprising Educators

Geraint Florida-James, MTBCOS

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