Earlier this month the deadline for entries to the Converge Challenge passed marking another year of significant growth with entries rising from 111 to 186, 40% up on 2014.
We are now delighted to announce that 2015 is also a record year for Heriot-Watt with seven entries progressing to the final 30.
Veronica Ferguson, Enterprise Outreach Manager, Converge Challenge said: “This is the sixth year for the Converge Challenge programme and I am delighted to see a growing mix of projects coming forward from across Scotland as the competition acts as a beacon for entrepreneurship.
"This year Converge Challenge is bigger than ever with dedicated training provided to over 60 budding entrepreneurs and record total funding pot of £100,000+ in cash and business support.
"Sifting the 186 entries into the top 30 in each category was quite a challenge for the judging panel with such strong competition this year. We’d like to congratulate all those who have progressed through to the next phase and commend all those who entered. We were inspired by the breadth of the ideas submitted this year!”
Heriot-Watt’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ are:
- Michael Harkins – Undergraduate student
- Steven Hammer - Research Associate/Research Fellow
- Alistair McConnell - Postgraduate student
- Gabriela Medero - Senior Lecturer
- Sumanth Kumar Pavuluri - Research Associate/Research Fellow
- Aparajithan Sivanathan - Research Associate/Research Fellow
- George Stylios - Professor
It won’t get any easier for all 30 candidates with the next step, the Elevator Pitch event, which will be held at Surgeon’s Hall on Tuesday 2 June. This event will see each candidate deliver a 60 second pitch in front of a panel of judges, a hundred-strong audience and a ticking clock. Keynote speakers at this event are Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and Kerry Sharp, Head of Scottish Investment Bank, Scottish Enterprise.
For more information visit www.convergechallenge.com.