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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.

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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.

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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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3 Day Startup November 2017

Edinburgh University’s student start-up service; LAUNCH.ed held its annual 3 Day Startup programme this weekend.

Debuted at the University of Texas in 2008 the LAUNCH.ed team hold a license to host their own 3DS. The mission is to activate entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The programme is run across 30 countries around the world, 134 companies have been launched by 3DS alumni and $131.3 million raised by alumni.

The Edinburgh Innovations student service was the first to Read More

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BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur awards

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

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Edinburgh University alumni makes 30 under 30 list!

Edinburgh University alumni and founder of the Edinburgh Student Art Festival Briana Pegado has been named on the 30 under 30 list!

YWCA is a feminist organisation and part of a worldwide movement of women leading Read More

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Congratulations to the winner of the Fresher’s Fair and Postgraduate Welcome prize draw!

At the beginning of the academic year we attended both the Fresher’s Fair and the Postgraduate Welcome. It was a couple of very busy days for us but great to welcome new University of Edinburgh students.

Over the two days, we collected over 360 leads and spoke to countless students on the great opportunities offered at LAUNCH.ed. These leads were placed in a prize draw and had the chance of winning a Read More

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