The Converge Challenge is is now well underway in seeking out and developing the best entreprenerial talent in Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. The application window to enter in 2012 has now closed.
Run by Heriot Watt University, Converge Challenge give... More
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Free monthly Business Start-up seminar, 13 June 2012, attend in person or watch online
Seminar 1 - Finance for Beginners
Seminar 2 - Funding Your Business - Beg, Borrow and Sell?
What makes a winning business pitch?
Elevator Pitch winner, Jack Hoy-Gig Ng, displays what a great pitch should be. Jack and the other 29 applicants will now go forward to compete for the chance to win £25,000 cash and £20,000 in business support.
The overall winner will be announced on the 27th September 2012.
Scotland’s biggest start-up prize attracts record applicants We had an excellent response to Converge Challenge this year thank you to all our applicants who entered from all over Scotland please see an inforgraphic on the competition.
The number of budding entrepreneurs set to go head-to-head for Scotland’s biggest start-up prize has risen to the highest ever. …
The application deadline for the annual Converge Challenge competition passed last week (Friday 18 May) with a total of 50 entrants - up from 41 in 2011 - which will now be short-listed to 30 before the next stage, a 60-second Dragon’s Den style pitch to judges.
Entrepreneurial talent is alive and well with applications from teams and individuals from 14 academic institutions across Scotland, from the Borders to Scotland's newest university in the Highland & Islands.
Join us in person or online for June's seminars.
Building a Strong Team - led by Prof. David Lane, Heriot-Watt academic and founder of successful university spin out company SeeByte Ltd (http://www.seebyte.com). You may start out with an idea by yourself, but to grow as an enterprise, it takes teamwork. This seminar will guide you in the best way to plan and implement a perfect team. …
Spinning Out a Company - led by Dr Olga Kozlova, Heriot-Watt University's Enterprise Creation Manager. Taking a University research project and creating a business out of it has become more streamlined in recent years, but is still a complex business undertaking. This seminar will advise on options and the best routes to get your idea into market.
This seminar will be available live online and you can view on IPADMore
Scottish Universities show enterprising growth as spin-offs
Read the article in the Scotsman
Can you teach someone to be an entrepreneur?
In May 2012, some of the leading entrepreneurial experts in Scotland came together to discuss the theme "Investing in Scotland: Building technology companies Vs developing future entrepreneurs" and its relevance to modern day Scotland.
Can you teach someone to be an entrepreneur?
To read the discussion in full in the Times Business Insight, please visit:
Disinfecting plastic idea attracts praise from top entrepreneurs
A new form of plastic with metal nanoparticles that can purify water was the winning pitch when applicants competing for Scotland’s biggest start-up prize went head-to-head to give 60-second Dragons’ Den style pitches.
Great to see applications for Converge Challenge coming in from all over Scotland we have some great ideas from Scottish Universities. If you are thinking of applying you better be quick applications close tomorrow 18 May 2012 Who else can rise to the challenge?
If yout hink you're an entrepreneur? Converge Challenge offers ambitious Scottish University Students & Staff £45k+ in cash & support# …
Learn from the country’s most successful entrepreneurs
Step out of your comfort zone See your business idea grow
Compete against the country’s most creative and ambitious thinkersMore
Time is running out to apply for Converge Challenge applications must be received by this Friday, good luck to those entering
With the deadline for Converge Challenge applications this Friday 18th May 2012 this video explains more about what you can get out of the competition
Deadline for Converge Challenge Applications this Friday 18th May 2012
I would like everyone that the Converge Challenge deadline for applications is this Friday the 18th May 2012
Applicants can benefit from Scottish Universities can benefit from free courses, seminars … and pitches that will hone their business skills and prove invaluable throughout their career.
They will have the chance to compete for £45,000 of funding that will develop their idea into a fully-fledged business. So if you think you or someone you know have a great idea then please enter this week.
Apply now at http://rki.lt/Kssqbe
Or please pass onto students or academic staff who you feel might be interested.
Final Call for Scotland’s Biggest Start-up Prize - £45k up for Grabs
Aspiring entrepreneurs from universities across Scotland who want £45k to support their business idea have less than two weeks left to submit their applications to the Converge Challenge competition.
3 Ways you can benefit from Converge Challenge
Can you rise to the Challenge
What helps entrepreneurs with big ideas realise their dream and become the next big thing in business?
17 Days to get your application in for Converge Challenge Can you rise to the Challenge?
Scotland’s premier programme for finding and developing entrepreneurs
is back. Enter before the 18th May 2012 and benefit from free courses,
seminars and pitches that will hone your business skills and prove
invaluable throughout your career. …
You’ll also compete for £45,000 of funding that will develop your idea into
a fully fledged business. So if you think you have a great idea then rise to
the challenge and prove it.More
Is J._K._Rowling your favourite contemporary 'British Visionary Innovator'?
vote for yours on World Intellectual Property Day 2012
Could a Scot win the favourite contemporary 'British Visionary Innovator' for World IP day?
James Goodfellow OBE
Achievements / Famous for: Inventor of personal identification technology (PIN) and the Cash Machine (ATM).
Fact: James Goodfellow was awarded an OBE in 2006 for the invention of PIN technology.
James Goodfellow OBE (born 1937 in Paisley, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish inventor. He patented Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology, and is widely acknowledged as the inventor of Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) technology, although John Shepherd-Barron also had a large part to play in their development.
He was a development engineer given the project of developing an automatic cash dispenser in 1965. His system accepted a machine readable encrypted card, with a numerical PIN keypad. - UK Patent No.1,197,183 - May 2, 1966. His machine was tested a month later than one developed by John Shepherd Barron.
In 2006 Goodfellow was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his invention of the Personal Identification Number.More
Dear all a reminder that we have Live entrepreneur seminars throughout 2012. The next seminar will take place on the 11th May, with "Developing Your Product" led by Grant King of Wide Blue, and "Essential Elevator Pitch Skills" with business advisor Tom McGuire. Registration is now open – please register, tell your friends or others on KILTR, and tweet about it!