The 28 finalists who will compete for over £300,000 of equity-free funding and startup support as part of the Converge 2022 competition have been unveiled.
In addition to individual equity-free cash awards of up to £50,000, the finalists are competing for in-kind business support from Converge’s network of professional partners which includes some of the country’s leading investors, lawyers, and business experts.
The company creation programme for the university sector whittled down the current list from over 200 initial entries.
Finalists come from universities across the length and breadth of Scotland including the Highlands and Islands, the Northeast, Tayside and the Central Belt with projects spanning a diverse range of sectors from tech, robotics and sensors, through to the chemical industry, health care and engineering.
The full list of Converge 2022 finalists is:
Create Change Challenge
Net Zero Challenge
The six finalists in the Converge Challenge category will also be invited to pitch their ideas live at an exclusive investors-only event at Scotland House in London next month.
Organised in collaboration with Scottish Development International and featuring an address from Ivan McKee, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, the event will enable UK wide investors to see the very best innovation and entrepreneurship emerging from Scotland’s universities.
Claudia Cavalluzzo, executive director at Converge, said: “Scotland’s world-class universities continue to be brilliant hotbeds of innovation and creativity, as exemplified by this year’s Converge finalist cohort.
“The judges who reviewed this year’s cohort’s business plans believe that these emerging entrepreneurs are leading projects with real market potential and the power to strengthen our economy while creating a fairer future for all.
“The promise for all these 28 fledgling companies is huge, and the Converge team will be right behind them in championing their ground-breaking ideas.”
Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh in early November.
Three special awards will also be made on the night, including the Future Tech award, sponsored by Cisco, the Rose Award which recognises ambitious female entrepreneurs, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland and the IBioIC Award.
This new award for 2022 is sponsored by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), and offers a package of support to one successful biotech project, including a free membership to IBioIC, a dedicated IBioIC account manager and £20,000 in project funding for the university where the project originated.
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