Got a Bold Business Idea? Converge 2019 is Now Open for Applications!

The quest to find the next generation of entrepreneurs from Scotland’s thriving academic entrepreneur community is fully underway. Converge, the pioneering entrepreneurship programme for staff, students and recent graduates from across Scotland’s universities and research institutes has just launched its 2019 programme, challenging every Scottish university to uncover the next big idea.

Now in its 9thyear, Converge now has the financial backing of all 18 Scottish universities – up 11 from last year. They join the Scottish Funding Council which has earmarked over £1m funding to cover the next three years, and Creative Scotland.

This year’s total prize fund is the biggest yet at £230,000 and is shared across the four main platforms – Converge, Impact, KickStart and, new for 2019, the Creative Challenge. Successful applicants also benefit from in-depth business training, pitch coaching, support and access to an extensive network of business and investor contacts.

Open to spin-outs and start-ups from any industry sector, Converge alumni are represented across a wide range of sectors including the life sciences, technology, engineering, renewables, the creative industries and medtech.  Some of their ground-breaking innovations include next generation ultrasound sensors, educational robots, wearable medical devices, trailblazing cancer treatments and robotic probes.

Applicants now have until Thursday 25 April to submit their proposals.  Full details including how to apply are available on the Converge website.  Additionally, the Converge Outreach Team is currently travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to offer help and advice to students and staff thinking of applying to this year’s Programme.  Events are scheduled throughout April with new sessions added daily, so please take a look at our schedule for more details.