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Startups triumph at Scottish EDGE

Edinburgh Innovations clients have scooped the biggest awards at round 12 of Scottish EDGE, the UK’s largest entrepreneurship funding competition.

Dr Kate Cameron, founder and CEO of Cytochroma, won the Higgs EDGE prize for businesses focused on science, technology and engineering, and was awarded £150,000, the maximum possible for the Higgs prize.

Toxicology test

Cytochroma offers a low-cost, high-speed drug toxicology testing service using stem-cell-derived liver cells.

Dr Cameron is currently a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow, hosted by Edinburgh Innovations and funded by Read More

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Success for student and staff innovators

A process that turns disposable coffee cups into fertiliser, an app for buying and selling from charity shops and an online hub for ‘clean beauty’ brands were among winners in Edinburgh Innovations’ annual enterprise awards.

Products and services pioneered by staff, students and recent graduates were celebrated at the 2018 Inspire Launch Grow awards, hosted by Edinburgh Innovations at the Playfair Library in Old College.

Five categories

Twenty-two finalists presented their businesses to a panel of judges earlier in the month. Winners in five categories were announced at the awards event on Wednesday, 13 June, with prizes of up to Read More

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MiAlgae set to shake up feed sector after £500,000 investment

MiAlgae, a student-launched startup that aims to revolutionise the animal and fish feed industries with microalgae made from the co-products of whisky, has received £500,000 from investors.

The company, founded by Douglas Martin while a masters student at the University of Edinburgh in 2015-16, grows algae rich in omega-3 and other nutrients using co-products from the whisky distillation process.

The microalgae produced can be used as a raw material for agricultural food products, with the company initially targeting the aquaculture industry, whose future growth is predicted to Read More

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Launch of Startup Summer

The first group of inspirational entrepreneurs are ready to begin the Santander sponsored Startup Summer Entrepreneurship Programme.

This 12 week programme will help early stage potential startups increase their chance of launching. Upon successful completion, each applicant will be awarded Read More

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Student team enjoys social enterprise success

A team of Edinburgh students is to represent the UK at the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition.

They will take part in the Enactus World Cup for student-run social enterprises to be held in San Jose, California, in October.

The event brings together an international network of students, academics and business leaders seeking to transform lives and create a better future through entrepreneurial action.

UK final

Some 83 Edinburgh students – involved in eight social enterprises – were crowned Enactus UK 2018 National Champion at an event with 31 other finalists in London.

Their success saw them qualify for the World final in California. There they will showcase their work alongside Read More

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Students triumph with their Fresh Ideas

Two teams of LAUNCH.ed clients have triumphed in the Scottish Institute of Enterprise’s 2017-18 Fresh Ideas competition.

Lorenzo Conti, a PhD student in the School of Engineering’s Institute for Infrastructure and the Environment, was one of the five main competition winners, receiving £1,000 for Crover, a sensor that will move through grain silos to detect early signs of spoilage.

Exciting potential

“Lorenzo has done brilliantly by taking Read More

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MiAlgae set to grow further after large investment

MiAlgae have been awarded a £70K Innovate UK grant to scale-up their algal omega-3 oil production from whisky co-products. MiAlgae showed significant innovation with their project and this will allow MiAlgae to start work on the containerised portion of the pilot plant which will go on to one of the distillery sites.

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects that address challenges in health and life sciences and lead to increased agri-food productivity, quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes

Started by LAUNCH.ed client Douglas Martin, MiAlgae uses Read More

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3 Day Startup March 2018

A group of students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh took part in 3 Day Startup by the LAUNCH.ed Team. The creative, entrepreneurial and productive weekend saw our 3DSers learn how to start-up over a weekend.

Participants arrived at the venue, the Outreach Centre, with or without start-up ideas and were lead through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches with feedback on Friday. By the end of the day we had seven teams with their start-up ideas ranging from social enterprises offering a social conscious alternative to shopping and gift buying to a possible solution to the NHS and GP waiting times.

Saturday saw the teams back for Read More

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Startup Festival success!

Current students and LAUNCH.ed clients Lorenzo Conti and Alison Wood won at this year’s eClub pitching competition.

Each student entrepreneur pitched to a panel of judges and a live audience during the Start-up Festival that took place on 7th March.

Lorenzo Conti took first place in the Novel Ideas round for Crover, a moving sensor that can monitor the quality of grain stored in silos. And Alison Wood took first place in the Venture Development category for Read More

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Trio of startups selected for leading sustainability programme

Three Edinburgh Innovations clients have won backing from Europe’s largest sustainability entrepreneurship programme, Climate-KIC.

Sustainable bioprocessing specialist uFraction8, online charity shopping startup One Cherry, and flatpack toaster designer Kasey Hou have been selected for the prestigious Climate-KIC Accelerator programme.

Alongside five other winners they will each receive up to Read More

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