Introducing our new social enterprise advisor

The LAUNCH.ed team is growing! We are delighted to have a new Business Advisor on board; Lorna Baird. Lorna has recently joined us as an advisor specialising in social enterprise, and is already supporting many of our clients who aspire to using their business and entrepreneurial skills to bring about social improvements.

Lorna shares her experience to date with us: Read More

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Edinburgh start-up culture steadily growing

The High Growth Small Business urban hub league table says that three of every five high-growth small businesses are located outside of London and the south-east of England.

On average 52 new businesses a day register in Edinburgh and was named the best city in the UK to launch a start-up in 2016. The universities within the Scottish capital has also proven to develop talented graduates and help the city remain one of the best places to start-up. Read More

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SIE highly commended announced

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) have announced the winners and highly commended for their monthly Fresh Ideas competition.

Eleven students from the University of Edinburgh have made it through to the highly commended short list and have won £100 each. They also make it onto stage two of the competition where they will compete for their chance to win Read More

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3 Day Startup March 2018

31st January 2018

3 Day Startup March 2018

Our first 3 Day Startup of the year is now open for applications!

This unique, high energy, fun event has proved so popular the LAUNCH.ed team had to run two a year!

What happens at 3 Day Startup?

50 plus students come along to this three day event taking place over the weekend. All students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh are encouraged to apply.

Come with, or without a business or social enterprise idea. Read More

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Turtle Pack wins the Innovator Launchpad Award

Michael Harkins, the founder of Turtle Pack, a swimming aid to remove anxiety and build confidence for those learning to swim, has won £6,500 at the Innovator Launchpad Award.

After submitting a 30 second application video, Turtle Pack was 1 of 13 finalists to make it to the public vote on Facebook where the page was viewed over 24,000 times.

They made it to the finals, along with Read More

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Scottish EDGE success!

15th December 2017

Scottish EDGE success!

A number of Edinburgh Innovations clients triumphed at the prestigious Scottish EDGE awards on 14th December. Cell separation specialist uFraction8 won the Higgs EDGE prize and was awarded £100,000; in the main Scottish EDGE awards Industrial Nature (ECCI client with Edinburgh Innovations Involvement) took home £37,000, and contact sports tech pioneer Sansible Wearables took home £50,000; GetGuided and MicroSpray Technologies were Young EDGE winners, awarded £10,000 and £4,000 respectively and Wild Card EDGE winners Casta Spes Technologies and Birthing Solutions both received £10,000.

Scottish EDGE Round 11 awards £1.1 million to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses.  22 finalists, chosen from over 242 applicants from throughout the country had just three minutes to pitch their business plans to an expert panel of judges made up of Rob Jones of FanDuel, Jo Bucci of People’s Postcode Lottery, Andy Lothian of Insights, Petra Wetzel of West Brewery and Majella O’Boyle of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Each of the thirteen winners Read More

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Business Ideas Competition 2017 winners

The winners of the annual Business Ideas Competition where announced earlier this week.

The early stage ideas competition saw many applications come in from students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh. We joined the eClub at their Holly Jolly networking event to announce winners at the festive gathering.

The competition was Read More

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SIE Fresh Ideas Competition winners

LAUNCH.ed is working with some of the winners from the recent round of Fresh Ideas Competition by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

SIE works nationally to promote and support enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. Fresh Ideas Competition offers students a chance to win a cash prize and further development of Read More

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Elpis win Principal Award

30th November 2017

Elpis win Principal Award

Current undergraduate students Alexandros Angelopoulos and Samuel Kellerhals received the Principal’s Medal for Service to the Community for their Social Enterprise Elpis.

Elpis build and install solar-powered charging stations in refugee camps, powering up to 120 phones per day and enabling access to a digital platform that contains educational materials and entertainment. So far Read More

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Business Success: it’s a scream

If the monsters of Stranger Things have sent a chill down your spine, or you have cowered from the ice dragon in Game of Thrones, you can partly thank Orfeas Boteas, who invented a revolutionary way of making sound effects while a student at the University of Edinburgh.

Boteas is founder of Krotos, whose products are used to create sound effects for Hollywood films, blockbuster computer games and cult TV shows.

Real-time sound effects

Krotos’s Dehumaniser allows unearthly sound effects to be created from the human voice in real time, where previously a laborious process of layering and synchronising multiple sounds would take hours.

Emmy-winning sound designer Craig Henighan describes using Dehumaniser to create the voice of “Dart” in the Netflix hit Stranger Things 2, Read More

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