Converge Challenge University Finalist



A Heriot-Watt entry has reached the final stage of the main Converge Challenge award category for 2016.

This year's competition has been the highest standard to date.
Mervyn Jones

Professor Marc Desmulliez, Deputy Head of Sensors, Signals and Systems in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, has reached the final with Microsense Technologies Ltd, a service company based on the patented product called FoodSense, a sensor system for the Food and Drinks Industries.

The finalists are competing for a total prize of £150,000 that includes access to a broad range of expert support and training through partners and sponsors.

The 2016 Converge Challenge programme has been the most successful to date with 17 of Scotland's universities represented among 212 applications.

Finalists must now prepare for 22 September where, at the Converge Challenge finals, they will present their business plans in 45 minute pitches to the panel of expert judges made up of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community.

Mervyn Jones, Chairman of Converge Challenge and a member of the judging panel, said, “All finalists should be commended as this year's competition has been the highest standard to date. Many of this year's finalists are previous alumni and range from university spin-outs to student start-ups representing the versatility of the competition and the appetite for entrepreneurship within education. The strength of the business plans at this stage revealed that many of the projects are close to market and we look forward to meeting the finalists on the 22nd.”