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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Enterprise Week at UOE

15th November 2016

Enterprise Week at UOE

This weekend saw the beginning of Enterprise Week at the University of Edinburgh. On Friday over 100 students engaged in 2 enterprise events ran by Launch.ed and the University of Edinburgh Careers Service.

Social Storm, a 24 hour hackathon looking to solve social issues saw 28 University of Edinburgh students work through the night, collaborating across 8 different countries and 20 different universities. Pierre Andrew Belle and Euan Brigs from the University of  Edinburgh were involved in the winning team Dorsey – African Bonds.

Watch their winning pitch here:

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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.

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Birthday Luck!

24th October 2016

Birthday Luck!

As a first year Medical Sciences student Laila Juul-Dam hadn’t heard of LAUNCH.ed before meeting out lovely team at the Freshers Fair.

As with many students Laila was intrigued with the idea of LAUNCH.ed and what we do: help, advise and support students and staff to start up their own businesses and/or social enterprises.

“It had always been a joke with my friends – there should be a brunching app! When I heard of LAUNCH.ed I thought why not enter my details?”

During the September fair anyone who filled in a ‘contact us’ card was entered automatically into a prize draw.

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Robotical Success at Converge Challenge!

Last night we saw £150,000 awarded to Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs, congratulations to all of the Converge Challenge 2016 finalists and winners!

The evening consisted of inspiring talks from the likes of Professor Susan Deacon Assistant Principal External Relations at the University of Edinburgh and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, Chairman and co-founder of Cobra Beer Partnership.

Dr Alexander Enoch of the University of Edinburgh was announced as the winner of Read More

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Sarah Scace takes on LIFI

16th September 2016

Sarah Scace takes on LIFI

This week we said farewell to our fantastic enterprise cheerleader and all-around marketing extraordinaire Sarah Scace.

Sarah has now started her new post as Marketing Director at PureLIFI. PureLIFI is a spinout company from the University of Edinburgh, who are world leaders in Visible Light Communications technology enabling ubiquitous, high-speed, secure data networks wherever there is illumination.

Sarah amongst lots of other things brought 3 Day Start-up to Scotland, made #ILG (Inspire Launch Grow) what it is today and Read More

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The University of Edinburgh showcases its talent as Converge Challenge shortlist is announced

The University of Edinburgh is leading the way for £150k prize with a total of five finalists in both the main Converge Challenge category and the KickStart award category

Scotland’s leading company creation competition and start-up development programme for students, graduates and staff from the country’s universities announces its shortlist of nominees for 2016.

From 212 applicants this year, the judging process has now shortlisted the top 10 nominees for each of the competition’s three categories:

  • Converge Challenge: for those with an established idea
  • KickStart: for early stage ideas
  • Social Enterprise: for ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues

The 2016 Converge Challenge category has been the most competitive year yet and includes two previous top 10 finalists and runners up from both the KickStart and Social Enterprise award categories. Converge Challenge’s commitment to nurturing new business ideas through its entrepreneurial development programme and expert advice has led to a strong pipeline of new business ideas being developed year on year. Read More

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£250K secured by University supported start-ups and spin-outs at round 8 of Scottish EDGE awards

During a high energy day, twenty-two of Scotland’s most promising entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to an expert panel of judges in order to win up to £100,000 each in grant funding and loans. Winners were also announced for the Higgs EDGE, which seeks to identify technology businesses with global commercialisation potential, Young EDGE, for entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and Wild Card EDGE for businesses who have yet to commence trading.

Start-ups and Spin-outs from the University of Edinburgh did particularly well with over £250k secured to grow University supported enterprises. These enterprises competed against 239 applicants that entered this round of Scottish Edge.  Read More

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MuscleCake and MicroSpray Technology take the win at Inspire Launch Grow

The entrepreneurial successes of University of Edinburgh staff, students and alumni were celebrated on Thursday 9th June at the annual Inspire Launch Grow Awards.

The 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.

Twelve finalists shortlisted for this year’s final worked for 3 months to develop their propositions and pitches for this final showcase event. Read More

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