SIE Student Enterprise Summit 2015

The SIE Student Enterprise Summit is one of the key events in the Scottish start-up scene. Over 300 delegates came together at the Assembly Rooms to celebrate future entrepreneurs at universities across Scotland.

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The 2015 SIE Student Enterprise Summit was a day packed with interesting talks and first-hand insights into some of Scotland’s most promising start-ups. More than £21,000 were awarded to up and coming businesses as part of the SIE Fresh Ideas and New Ventures competitions. A seat in the front row? Reserved for the very best student entrepreneurs from all Scottish universities, who earned their place after pitching their business ideas before a jury of experts.

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Substance

by Jan Gobrecht

Substance is an awkward word. We might think about subsistence in the first place, or maybe permanence – the idea of leaving something behind us that will outlive our own existence. But before I get ahead of myself or way too metaphysical: for me, the desire to create something with substance seems to be the driving force behind a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Thinking about Entrepreneurship

Christopher Sladdin’s The Startup Interviews series was hugely successful in Edinburgh and inspired me to write this post. Most of Christopher’s interview partners come from the university startup and spin-out scene. In his recent summary of his first chunk of interviews, one headline really caught my attention: “Learning from the New Generation“. This is captivating.

Having spent more than a year at LAUNCH.ed, I can only say that things aren’t pacing down – in a very positive way. Year after year, more students decide to start a business. Everyday, you approach us with exciting ideas, and we do everything to support you in the best way possible. At the same time, we are constantly surrounded by innovation and creativity. We learn from you in the same way you learn from us.

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Inspire Launch Grow 2015 is ready for Takeoff – Applications now open

Have you started your own company or turned your research into a business opportunity? LAUNCH.ed & The University of Edinburgh’s Spin-out Support are looking for staff and students with exceptional entrepreneurial talent.

The Inspire Launch Grow Awards are now open for your application. With a total prize money of £14,000, the Innovation Cup and Enterprise Award are fantastic opportunities to take your business idea to the next level. Plus, there’s additional in-kind support waiting for you. All you need to do is enter with your business idea until Friday, the 24th April 2015 at midnight.

Apply now for Inspire Launch Grow 2015

Why should I apply for the 2015 Inspire Launch Grow Awards?

Inspire Launch Grow is for you who crosses the boundaries between academia and business. Inspire Launch Grow is for you who gets up every morning and tries to make a difference in the world.

Innovation Cup 2015

The Innovation Cup celebrates promising business ideas that are based on university research or innovative technologies. The winner can look forward to receiving £5,000 towards their business idea, whereas two runners-up could each take home £1,000.

The Enterprise Award rewards entrepreneurial spirit and innovative business ideas. We want to recognise those who achieved entrepreneurial success while pursuing their studies or academic career. You can win up to £5,000 or secure £1,000 as a runner-up.Enterprise Award

In addition to the prize money, students and staff who enter the competitions can win in-kind support such as a day out with a successful entrepreneur, all sponsored by Enterprise Campus.

Moreover, the Entrepreneurial Achiever Award will recognise Edinburgh alumni who are exceptionally successful in the world of business and are strong ambassadors of academic entrepreneurship at the University of Edinburgh.

Last year’s ILG winners included Atif Syed of Nanject (Innovation Cup 2014) and James Prendergast of Dipodo (Enterprise Award 2014). Enterprise Award runner-up Lysimachos Zografos, CEO of Parkure, recently collected over £70,000 for his drug discovery company on the crowdfunding platform ShareIn.

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Are you up for the 2015 Converge Challenge?

Converge Challenge, Scotland’s premier company creation competition, has expanded its award categories for 2015, giving research staff and students from the University of Edinburgh an even greater opportunity to challenge for the £100,000 prize fund including a comprehensive support and training package.

As well as expanding its categories, Converge Challenge is, for the first time, broadening its reach to embrace all university staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, as well as recent graduates (qualified in the past 12 months). Even if a fledgling business has been started and it has been trading for less than six months with sales of less than £50,000, then Converge Challenge is open to applications.

Like last year, the University’s aspirational entrepreneurs can participate in three main categories – Converge Challenge Award, KickStart Award and Social Enterprise Award. The Organisers have this year added a fourth category – the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – a special award given to an entrant who possesses all the attributes of traditional entrepreneurs, creates value and has the willingness to take risk.

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What’s Up in Entrepreneurial Edinburgh?

Business Ideas Competition 2014There’s no doubt: Edinburgh’s entrepreneurial landscape is booming. New projects pop up every week and exciting events are scattered throughout the city.

So what’s better than telling you what’s coming up next? Here are some opportunities and events in February that student entrepreneurs shouldn’t miss.

Get Innovating with Enterprise Campus

Don’t have an idea yet? This is for you. This popular event will be facilitated by one of SIE’s top advisers Tom McGuire who brings his breath of innovation support to the table.

Get innovating looks at design thinking and how business ideas can solve real life problems. By the end of the course you will be well on the way to being an energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinker. Spurred into action to come up with ideas for your own venture or armed with the experience and skills to demonstrate your potential for innovation to a future employer.

When? 25th February – 4.30pm to 8.00pm
Where? Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, Room 2.13 

Register here for GET INNOVATING

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