Converge Challenge 2011
The Heriot-Watt Business Plan Competition: supporting the next generation of research entrepreneurs.
Prof. Steve Chapman
and Adam Brown
Following a hugely successful 2011 competition, we announced that the winner of the Converge Challenge 2011 was Bellrock Technology from the University of Strathclyde.
Bellrock is headed up by Adam Brown, from the Institute for Energy & Environment in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.
Adam won after continually impressing the panel of judges with his idea and succinct business plan for ‘Lumen’, an intelligent condition monitoring decision support software that enables technology companies to monitor the health and anticipated lifespan of their equipment.
The company has been awarded £45,000 in cash and business support and is now preparing to spin-out.
The calibre of projects submitted for the 2011 competition was staggeringly high, making whittling the entrants down from forty-two to a final shortlist of six a very difficult task.
After much deliberating, the six finalists were named as:
- Adam Brown, Bellrock (University of Strathclyde) – 1st place
- Ahmed El-Rayis, Sofant Technologies (University of Edinburgh) – 2nd place
- Farid Amalou, AccuFluidics (Heriot-Watt University) – 3rd place
- Mike Lincoln, Quorate (University of Edinburgh)
- Donald MacPhee, Enocell (University of Aberdeen)
- Jonathan Millin, Infatics (University of Edinburgh)
Each finalist had a poster made providing an outline of their business plan that was displayed at the finalists’ dinner. Find out more about each project from the finalists' posters on Flickr.