The Edinburgh Award – Enterprise

The Edinburgh Award is a well-established University of Edinburgh programme available for various activities including volunteering, work experience, student ambassador and peer mentoring.

This year LAUNCH.ed, along with the Careers Service, piloted the Edinburgh Award – Enterprise. This Award is designed to recognise those students who take part in activities which have an enterprise or entrepreneurial strand at their centre. Through their involvement in their activities they have gained exposure to the enterprise community both within the University and beyond.

After attending three Award Sessions over five months 14 students successfully completed the Award this year. The Award Ceremony took place at the Playfair Library on the evening of 25th April where over 300 people attended.

Students undertake the programme to help them stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive global job market. Anyone successful in completing the Edinburgh Award receives Read More

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Enactus Edinburgh success at Enactus UK National Competition!

LAUNCH.ed sponsored Enactus Edinburgh, made it through qualifying rounds and semi-finals to make it the final round at the Enactus UK National Competition this week. The University of Edinburgh student community made it to the top five against 39 teams associated with other UK universities.

Students, academics and business leaders from across the UK gathered at the Enactus National Expo at the Excel in London to showcase how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives and creating a better future.

The Edinburgh team gave an outstanding pitch, showcasing Read More

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Converge Challenge applications close for 2017

The University of Edinburgh has an impressive total of 35 entrants across all three categories for Converge Challenge 2017. With a 6% increase in applicants since 2016 the University of Edinburgh truly is a source of entrepreneurial talent!

This year saw a 31% increase in applications featuring the creative industries. This highlights the success of the Creative Challenge Design & Creativity Award which was introduced last year. University of Edinburgh’s Dr Alexander Enoch, Robotical Ltd won this award in 2016 with his Read More

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Inspire Launch Grow Finalists 2017

2016 finalists

After a lengthy judging process the finalists for Inspire Launch Grow 2017 have been chosen. Inspire Launch Grow is Edinburgh Research and Innovation’s showcase of entrepreneurial talent of staff and students at the University of Edinburgh. The judges had to sift through 204 pages worth of applications to find their 18 finalists!

With a record number of social enterprise businesses and with too many to choose from innovation ideas two new categories have been created: Social and Environmental Award and the Emerging Innovation Award.

Our finalists for 2017 are: Read More

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3 Day Startup March 2017

3 Day Startup took place over the weekend 24th – 26th March with 50 students attending the high energy start-up weekend.

We were the very first to run a 3DS in the UK back in 2013 and the only ones in the UK with a licence to deliver the programme. The students from the University of Edinburgh and beyond formed eight teams and learned how to create Read More

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SIE Fresh Ideas winners

The winners of the 2016/17 Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Fresh Ideas competition were announced on Wednesday 22nd March night at the Corinthian Club in Glasgow.

We are delighted with how well the University of Edinburgh was represented with several students and recent graduates making it through to the finals. Two of the four winners are from the University taking home a £1,000 each.

Current student Zachary Bayham-Herd won with his idea Read More

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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.

“I learnt Read More

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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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