Ever want to work in a real start-up?

Working in a start-up is a great way to learn how companies work. You get experience and responsibility in start-ups that you would never get at a large corporate.*

There are currently two opportunities to join the Shotscope team! Shotscope is one of Edinburgh’s up and coming new start-ups and they are looking for enthusiastic and creative new team members.  They are hiring a Developer Intern and Marketing/Graphic Design intern.

If you think you have what it takes to add value to a young dynamic startup please read further.

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BIG celebrations and BIG TIME winners at Inspire Launch Grow!


Back Left to Right: Mike Mangan, Pavel Mihaylov, Chris Nater, Richard Walker, Andrew Harkins Middle Left to Right: Juan Pablo Echenique, Helen Williams, Hannah Dimsdale, Andrew Herbert, Front Left to Right: Adam Bennett (Enterprise Award Winner), Alexander Enoch (Innovation Cup Winner)

The entrepreneurial success of University of Edinburgh staff, students and alumni was last night (Thursday 11th June) celebrated at the annual Inspire, Launch, Grow Awards.
The Inspire, Launch, Grow Awards recognise the exceptional entrepreneurial talent within the University, and those who have started to develop their own business or have identified commercial applications for their research.
Fifty-nine hopeful entrepreneurs entered the competition, with twelve eventually shortlisted for the finals.
Overall winners on the night were Alexander Enoch from Red Robotics (Innovation Cup) and Adam Bennet from Post Roast (Enterprise Awards). The Innovation Cup category is open to entrants with research or technology-based, high-growth business ideas, while the Enterprise Awards is geared towards those who have an idea or existing venture with outstanding commercial potential.
Alexander Enoch from the School of Informatics is the founder of Red Robotics which produce low cost, accessible and functional walking, 3D printed robots for education and hobbyists
Innovation Cup runners-up positions were taken by Dr Richard Walker from Photon Force who make sensors that detect single photons and Dr Mike Mangan from Skyline Sensors who has developed a patent-pending sensor technology which allows segmentation of the sky in an image.
School of Chemistry student Adam Bennet stole first place in the Enterprise Award with his company Post Roast an innovative online coffee distribution platform that delivers fresh roasted coffee to its members each week.
Enterprise Award runners-up prizes were awarded to Hannah Dimsdale of Teadough; the original donut kit and Andrew Harkins from Turtle Pack and innovative swimming aid for teaching new swimmers.
Winners of both awards received £5,000 prize money to further their business venture, while the runners up each received £1,000 towards developing their business.
Two further awards were given to recognise achievement in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial Achievement Award – is one that is recognises an alumni’s impact, through entrepreneurship, on the business world. Gavin Dutch is the founder and CEO of Kotikan, the fastest growing app development company in Scotland. Kotikan was founded in 2007 and they are based in Edinburgh, currently residing in the UK’s largest technology incubator, Codebase. Kotikan count Skyscanner and the Edinburgh Fringe amongst their clients

The Enterprise Spirit Award – recognises a student or staff member that demonstrates distinctive entrepreneurial spirit seeks to inspire their enable their peers to be more enterprising. This award went Christopher Sladdin a student from the Business School and the founder of the Start-up Interviews.

Grant Wheeler, head of company formation & incubation at Edinburgh Research & Innovation commented on the awards:

“The entries we received for this year’s awards have been of an extremely high calibre and every finalist should be proud of getting this far. Not only that, but the numbers of entries submitted was a record high for our awards, and we had to select the twelve finalists from a shortlist of 59 nominees from 16 schools across the University – which only goes to highlight how fierce the competition has been this year.”

Inspire Launch Grow Finalists Announced

We received a record level of applications this year from a diverse and impressive group of aspiring entrepreneurs. We are pleased to announce that we have now susses fully shortlisted the finalists for the Innovation Cup and the Enterprise Award.

This group of teams and individuals will pitch against each other at an exciting event on the 11th of June, which will be followed up by an awards ceremony announcing the winners of this years Innovation Cup and Enterprise Award.

We would be delighted if you would join us for the event. You can register using the links below.

The finalists competing for this year’s top prizes are:

Innovation Cup:

Enterprise Award:

Alexander Enoch

School of Informatics


Pavel Mihaylov,

School of Engineering

Paul Ardin,
Dr Michael Mangan

School of Informatics


Hannah Dimsdale,
Arthur Dimsdale,
Christopher Sladdin

Edinburgh College of Art,
Business School

Prof Asif Usmani, 
Liming Jiang
Payam Khazaienejad

School of Engineering


Phillip Bruner,
Chris Nater,
Daniel O’Dor,
Koen Wessels,
Darius Tolkien-Spurr,

School of GeoSciences,
School of Computer Science

Juan Pablo Echenique,
Dr. Markus Mueller,

School of Engineering


Oonagh Mannix,
Helen Williams,

School of Chemistry,
School of Informatics

Richard Walker

School of Engineering


Adam Bennett

School of Chemistry

Andrew Herbert

School of Chemistry

Andrew Harkins

School of Engineering

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EIE 2015 Features big potential for University of Edinburgh Start-ups

EIE15Ten University of Edinburgh life science companies and tech start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses at Engage Invest Exploit 15 (EIE15) – Scotland’s leading investor showcase on 14th May 2015.

With over 160 investors from Scotland, the UK, Europe, Asia and America coming to EIE15, the event is a unique opportunity to reach high-calibre venture capitalists and renowned industry experts. Among the 60 finalists are some of Edinburgh University’s most promising university start-ups and spin-out companies. These academic entrepreneurs are eager to take their businesses to the next stage, but at EIE15 they need to pitch and prove that they are investor-ready.

The Companies

Medicen Devise has developed a catheter attachment called Steriderm that maintains a sterile wound site, which helps prevent infections and could potentially save thousands of lives per year and decrease healthcare costs. Since winning the E-Club Santander Pitching competition back in 2011, founder and former Biomedical Engineering student, Kajika Bansal, won the LAUNCH.ed Innovation Cup and became Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.

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