Heriot-Watt University win at Converge Challenge 2017



Garry Boyle from Heriot-Watt University has won the Entrepreneurial Spirit award for Headspace Design, at this year's Converge Challenge.

The young entrepreneur picked up the prestigious Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for his  drive, focus and determination.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners and finalists, the projects have been by far the strongest to date, demonstrating a real step change in ambition and participation.

Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge

The cash prize of £1,000, along with membership of Entrepreneurial Scotland, was awarded for his project HeadSpace Design, that plans to make life better for adults with dementia who are living in residential care, through the provision of unique sensory gardens.

The judges commented on his great enthusiasm, passion and how collaborative and supportive he was. The project is underpinned by research into the psychology of dementia and has a distinctive approach to garden design which will promote wellbeing amongst patients.

Dr Olga Kozlova, added: “The mix of innovations, sectors and routes to success highlights the thriving entrepreneurial spirit within our universities. Listening to the pitches earlier today proved that there was a strong aspiration from our finalists to build truly global companies and it is exciting to be part of their journeys.

"Each and every one of them has the opportunity to succeed through hard work, entrepreneurial support and a can do attitude."

Converge Challenge is Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish universities and Research institutes.