18th January 2018
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
15th December 2017
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
13th December 2017
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
6th December 2017
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
30th November 2017
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
30th November 2017
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.
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
7th November 2017
Liita Lyaloo Cairney has made the shortlist for the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur awards which recognises the UK’s 35 up-and-coming entrepreneurial stars.
Liita founded her product Koree. A reusable hygiene device that provides both functional psychological protection to effectively and affordably manage menstrual cycles. This has since developed to include a site; First Period, dedicated to providing free education on the menstrual cycle in a safe, non-judgemental space.
According to UNICEF, 77% of girls Read More
1st November 2017