Converge searches for the next generation of innovators

Tuesday 26th January 2021, 5:30pm

Converge 2021 is now open for applications and the race is on to find Scotlandís next generation of academic trailblazers.

Open to university staff, students and recent graduates across Scotland, Converge help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their innovative ideas into commercial reality.

Whether youíre an academic looking to commercialise your research or a student or recent graduate taking the start-up leap, Converge can guide you through the twists and turns of starting a new business with intensive business training and 1-2-1 support. You could even win game-changing, equity-free cash prizes to springboard your venture.

Open until 30 March 2021, applicants can choose between four challenge categories:

  • Converge: for high-calibre, innovative projects with serious growth potential
  • Creative: for business ideas rooted in creativity, skill and craft, with the potential to develop into sustainable businesses in Scotlandís creative industries
  • Impact: for mission-led enterprises with a social or environmental cause at their heart
  • KickStart: for early-stage ideas on the first step towards commercialisation

This yearís prize pot is the largest ever with £290,000 up for grabs. In addition to the main prizes, finalists across all four challenges will receive a smaller cash prize, providing a much-needed boost to progress their business ventures.

Other reasons to apply include the chance to win two additional standalone awards: the Cisco Future Tech Award and the Royal Bank of Scotland Rose Award. Presented to individuals drawn from this yearsí Converge, Creative and Impact Challenge cohorts, the prize packages include equity-free cash and invaluable in-kind business support. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Converge believe the appetite for entrepreneurship remains strong in Scotland.

ďVisionary entrepreneurs see setbacks as opportunities so Iím confident we will see a new wave of incredible projects coming through this year. If you think yours could be one of them, then donít miss this opportunity to apply.  It could be the best decision youíve ever made.Ē

Claudia Cavalluzzo, Converge Director

Make your bright business idea a reality with the help of Converge. 

Find out how to apply and what judges look for and much more in a  1-hour Workshop Session, multiple dates commencing Thursday 25 February 2021.