Meet our new Enterprise Executive – Lucy Robertson


Lucy IntroOur new enterprise executive –Lucy Robertson  joined us at the end of March.  Lucy graduated last year from DJCAD, Dundee in textile design. Having had a summer of exciting jobs, experiences and entrepreneurship she found LAUNCH.ED first as an entrepreneur.

Lucy will be with us for the next year organising events, posting on Facebook,Twitter and the Blog and getting stuck into whatever the marketing team is up to at CFI.

Make sure you say hello if you see her out and about…

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7 ideas, 3 judges, one £1000 prize!

Seven passionate entrepreneurs delivered seven exciting pitches last Wednesday at the Santander Pitching Competition ran by the E-club. The entrepreneurs offered a range of ideas from 3Dprinting Ski Boot insoles to accessible poetry  to medical products. Six of the entrepreneurs were from familiar faces who have attended Launch.ed events over the past year and have met with our advisor’s to discuss their brilliant ideas. Three of the pitchers Maria, Fern and Sonny were straight back into pitching after winning at SIE Fresh Ideas Competition.

They all delivered excellent pitches and gave the judges Alison Gee (LAUNCH.ed), Alan Donald (Linc Scotland) and Sinead Murphy (Santander) a hard job in choosing a winner. After much deliberation Maria Mullane was chosen to receive the £1000 prize to develop her product – Cap Extension.

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Want to know more about our entrepreneurs? Keep reading for the scoop on their ideas… 

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Meet LAUNCH.ED Enterprise Interns Jan and David!


Jan Gobrecht

Jan joined LAUNCH.ED as an Enterprise Intern in March 2014. In the next six months, he will help the team at events and wants to promote entrepreneurship among his fellow students. He sees the internship as a chance to learn a lot about start-up and founder support. Moreover, for him it is an exciting opportunity to be part of a project, which helps students realise the full potential of their ideas.

Once upon a time, he successfully fought with an ancient mammoth called ‘paper bureaucracy’. After an intense but rewarding odyssey, he was finally allowed to start his own internet business while still underage. Turning his ideas into a business has taught him a lot about taking opportunities: they come with great responsibility and demand a lot of commitment, but it pays out from the very first moment. Read more >

Sweeping Wins for University of Edinburgh Students and Alumni!


from left to right: Ellen Tappenden – The Travelling Vet Nurse, Harsh Vaidya – Aquarion Technologies, Sonny Charles – Spoilty, Fern Sinclair – Biodegradable Tents, Alison Gee – Launch.ed and Fiona Godsman – SIE. Image courtesy of Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Over 300 students made their way to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh to attend the SIE Student Enterprise Summit. At the summit they heard from some of Scotland’s best-known entrepreneurs, including co-founder of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Kevin MacDonald, and Petra Wetzel, founder of WEST Brewery. After great anticipation SIE also revealed the winners of the SIE Fresh Ideas and New Ventures competition.

Students from the University of Edinburgh swept the SIE Fresh Ideas awards this year grabbing 4 of the 5 £500 prizes. University of Edinburgh Alumni Stuart Dinning of Growler Beers also received special recognition and a £500 cheque in the New Ventures Category.

We’re very proud of the University of Edinburgh representation this year. These students and alumni have held up a strong tradition of exemplary performance at this competition. This is certainly a sign of our student’s commitment and enthusiasm for enterprise. Well Done!

The official 2013-14 winners were:  Read more >

Falling Walls: Share your idea. Win a scholorship. Travel to Berlin!


What is the Lab?

The Falling Walls Lab is a new challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format for young bright minds. It offers the opportunity to excellent young academics and professionals to present their outstanding ideas, research projects and initiatives.

Each participant is asked to present his/her work in 3 minutes.

All disciplines are welcome: from agriculture, medicine, economics, engineering to the humanities.

A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.

Who can Apply

• They are looking for outstanding young talents and innovative thinkers from all disciplines.

• Master students, PhD candidates, post-docs, young professionals, scientists or entrepreneurs are invited to apply.

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