University of Edinburgh student in top 5 Social Enterprise Award at Converge Challenge

Lily Asch, founder of Real Talk has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise category of the Converge Challenge.

Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish universities and Research Institutes will reveal the winners of each category tonight at their black tie event.

The University of Edinburgh has the highest number of Read More

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Tickets for Good announce an exciting new partnership after a successful start

This not-for-profit start-up brings philanthropy to the forefront of the ticketing experience. By donating 10% of revenue made from booking fees, which are normally taken as profit, and giving it to charity and social projects it enables people to donate by buying their tickets for a wide-range of events.

Inspire Launch Grow finalist Tom Laidler is part of this social enterprise and announces a new Read More

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The opportunities of LAUNCH.ed

This journey began in March when LAUNCH.ed made a call for applications to 3 Day Startup (3DS). It was an exciting three days learning how to come up with ideas, pitch, and work in teams. Even more exciting was the discovery that LAUNCH.ed is available to guide students through the business process (starting out, business plans as well as funding) up to two years after graduation. LAUNCH.ed also recommends opportunities and events to students and this is how I learned about the Georgetown-Santander fellowship. I applied because Read More

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Converge Challenge shortlisted

Great Converge Challenge news!

The University of Edinburgh has the highest number of shortlisted candidates and finalists in all Converge Challenge award categories. Read More

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Winners of Inspire Launch Grow 2017

The Inspire Launch Grow event showcases the exceptional entrepreneurial talent from students and academic staff at the University of Edinburgh.

This prestigious event took place on Monday 5th June in the Informatics Forum at The University of Edinburgh and marked an important milestone at the University and a special thank you presentation was given to the Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, who is due to step down from his role as Principal of the University, and who has been a great supporter of enterprise during his 15-year tenure. The Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea spoke at the event and said  “I’m really proud that LAUNCH.ed happened on my watch”. To reflect his interest in robotics and as a thank you for his support the Principal was presented with his very own Marty the Robot from Robotical a previous ILG Innovation Cup winner. (Winners named below). Read More

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University of Edinburgh Converge Challengers revealed

The University of Edinburgh had an impressive 35 entrants across all three categories for Converge Challenge 2017. With a 6% increase in applicants since 2016 the University shows itself to be a stronghold of entrepreneurial talent.

Finalists have now been confirmed for all three categories and the University has challengers in all three!

These finalists are: Read More

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The Edinburgh Award – Enterprise

The Edinburgh Award is a well-established University of Edinburgh programme available for various activities including volunteering, work experience, student ambassador and peer mentoring.

This year LAUNCH.ed, along with the Careers Service, piloted the Edinburgh Award – Enterprise. This Award is designed to recognise those students who take part in activities which have an enterprise or entrepreneurial strand at their centre. Through their involvement in their activities they have gained exposure to the enterprise community both within the University and beyond.

After attending three Award Sessions over five months 14 students successfully completed the Award this year. The Award Ceremony took place at the Playfair Library on the evening of 25th April where over 300 people attended.

Students undertake the programme to help them stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive global job market. Anyone successful in completing the Edinburgh Award receives Read More

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Enactus Edinburgh success at Enactus UK National Competition!

LAUNCH.ed sponsored Enactus Edinburgh, made it through qualifying rounds and semi-finals to make it the final round at the Enactus UK National Competition this week. The University of Edinburgh student community made it to the top five against 39 teams associated with other UK universities.

Students, academics and business leaders from across the UK gathered at the Enactus National Expo at the Excel in London to showcase how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives and creating a better future.

The Edinburgh team gave an outstanding pitch, showcasing Read More

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Converge Challenge applications close for 2017

The University of Edinburgh has an impressive total of 35 entrants across all three categories for Converge Challenge 2017. With a 6% increase in applicants since 2016 the University of Edinburgh truly is a source of entrepreneurial talent!

This year saw a 31% increase in applications featuring the creative industries. This highlights the success of the Creative Challenge Design & Creativity Award which was introduced last year. University of Edinburgh’s Dr Alexander Enoch, Robotical Ltd won this award in 2016 with his Read More

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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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