Inspire Launch Grow Finalists 2017

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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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.

Finalists will compete for Read More

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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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