National Apprentice Challenge

Qin You, Alexander Kostyler, Hussam Ali and Jaeger Baird

We sponsored a team to enter the biggest residential competition for creative and ambitious students in the UK: The National Apprentice Challenge.

The challenge took place 18th & 19th March in Birmingham where team Synergy took on a range of challenges to test their creativity and entrepreneurial mindset. Qin You, Akexander Kostyler, Hussam Ali and Jaeger Baird traveled down south for this high energy weekend.

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LAUNCH.ed champions at the Startup Festival

The Business School hosted the Startup Festival this week and we at LAUNCH.ed absolutely loved it. There were several events, talks and competitions throughout the day and a fantastic energy with many from the enterprise community in attendance.

The pitching competitions, ran by the eClub were the big highlight for us. The two categories of competitions were highly attended. The Venture Development saw those with more developed ideas pitch while Novel Ideas was a more early stage level.

We were ecstatic that many of the pitchers came through ERI and/or LAUNCH.ed and so winners or not we like think Read More

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Smarter, Safer Materials Hackathon

The Smarter, Safer Materials  Hackathon was a collaborative masterpiece with energy giant ENGIE and the University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership with members of the LAUNCH.ed team orchestrating the successful event.

The event saw students brainstorm exciting and innovative possibilities for new materials. The Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership provided academic experts to provide help and further knowledge on the day. Many representatives from ENGIE were present on the day and were Read More

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February Bootcamp success

8th February 2017

February Bootcamp success

The latest Launch.ed Business Bootcamp was a huge success. Both new and familiar faces attended the free event to help take a rough business idea to a fully-fledged elevator pitch. An impromptu yoga session even broke out to get the inspiration flowing!

The business ideas were wide ranging with Jeff Ward winning the pitching competition with his business idea of using drones. Jeff won Read More

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Inspire Launch Grow Awards 2017

The prestigious Inspire Launch Grow Awards are back and open for applications!

The first class support provided by the University of Edinburgh and the wider enterprise support network plays an important role, not only in the student experience but in delivering impact for the world-class research coming out of our University. Our intellectual and economic relationship with Scotland is part of the University’s core values, and the vibrant commercialisation activity here is at the heart of this relationship. The annual Inspire Launch Grow Awards showcase the first class entrepreneurial talent across the University of Edinburgh.

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New: Space for Start-ups

17th January 2017

New: Space for Start-ups

Ever paid for coffee you didn’t particularly want, so you could claim space in a coffee shop to work with your group? Or worse, have you ever gone to the library before the crack of dawn in the hope of finding a pod? Well, fret no longer!

We’re pleased to announce that in partnership with EUSA we are now offering Space for Start-ups: free, shared meeting space for entrepreneurs in both Central Area (Pleasance) and King’s Buildings. You may want to…

  • Meet with co-founders
  • Practise pitching with peers
  • Work on funding applications or competition entries with your team
  • Get your 3 Day Startup group together to take your business idea forward

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Launch into the adventurous universe of the unknown…by Lukas Cerny

“I think everyone has experienced an event that has unexpectedly turned the world that one thinks he knows into an adventurous universe of unknown. For me, one of these events was the very first meeting with Launch.ed’s business advisor Alison Gee. Thrilled and eyes glaring with a new idea, Read More

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Holly Jolly Fun and WINNERS of Business Ideas Competition!

Last week was the much-anticipated, annual Holly Jolly Speed Networking event… Mulled wine, mince pies, new business connections and the exciting announcement of the winners of this year’s Business Ideas Competition – what more could you ask for!

The Business Ideas Competition 2016 had about 50 entries, each consisting of a 2-minute video pitch, and it’s safe to say the judges were very impressed with the overall quality. However not everyone can be a winner, so here are the judge’s selections: Read More

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ILG 2016 Finalist’s Good News!

We’re delighted to congratulate Cameron McNatt and Chris Retzler on the acceptance of their business ‘Mocean Energy’ into the highly selective Low Carbon Ideas Lab, at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

Cameron was a finalist in Launch.ed’s annual showcase ‘Inspire Launch Grow’ in 2016, which celebrates the exceptional entrepreneurial talent within the University of Edinburgh. ‘Mocean Energy’ Read More

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Welcome Dora!

5th December 2016

Welcome Dora!

We are delighted to welcome another new staff member, Dora Handrea, who is our new Enterprise Executive. Dora joined Launch.ed two weeks ago – just in time to be thrown headfirst into the excitement of this year’s 3 Day Startup! Dora will be in charge of bootcamps, future 3 Day Startup programmes and other events. She will also deliver educational content at events, and manage a lot of our communications.

After completing a BSc in Business Economics with Marketing at the University of Dundee, Dora worked in the University’s ‘Enterprise Gym’. Therefore she has plenty of experience of supporting student startups, as well as of being a student entrepreneur herself. One of the startups she co-founded was a social enterprise called ‘Drive’, which Read More

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