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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Lucy Robertson leaves us for pastures new

This week we say farewell to the brilliant Enterprise champion and 3DS extraordinaire; Lucy Robertson.

Lucy is leaving us to pursue a PhD in Sonic Textiles at the College of Art and Design at Dundee University in January 2017. Before then she will travel around Europe, exploring many a Christmas market and sustain her entrepreneurial spirit with her business ideas.

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New Talent on the Team!

31st October 2016

New Talent on the Team!

We are pleased to have welcomed three new team members in the last month, so it’s about time for some introductions!

  • Our one-month-old: Sarah Turnbull (Marketing Officer – Design and Communication)

Sarah brings a wealth of talent in marketing, and experience of recruitment, events and marketing from her previous job in the UK & EU Student Recruitment Team at Edinburgh Napier University. She has a Masters in Journalism, and will be supporting our team for six months.

Sarah describes herself as a ‘Christmas Elf’, Read More

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Student Sponsored Success!

We are delighted to announce that of the five sponsored tickets we gave to students for Product Forge’s latest hackathon, ‘Future Libraries’, (#futurelibPF) three of these made up the winning team, JBS Ink. We’d like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ to Jack Stewart Horsburgh, Basile Henry and Stephan Hogrefe. Very well done, and very well deserved!

This event took place from the 13th-16th October 2016 in CodeBase, Edinburgh. For three days and three nights (yes, you heard us right!) designers, developers and entrepreneurs put their minds together in small teams to future-proof libraries, by coming up with and prototyping innovative digital technologies. It was sponsored by the Scottish Libraries Information Council (SLIC) and the Carnegie Trust UK.

Participants had the chance to develop Read More

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