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 stiff with judges saying the entries were a high standard this year.
Recent alumni Pooja Jain and Pranav Shakti Chauhan with CogniHealth won runner-up with £50. Pooja was representing the health app designed to transform the experience of living with dementia on the night and said: “LAUNCH.ed is the reason I can work on CogniHealth in the UK. The programme has supported me with my entrepreneurial visa, legal advice, setting up the company and helped navigate me through the start-up ecosystem in Scotland. It is a great to have a mentor you can meet up every month.“
Alison Wood was another runner-up and won a £50 Amazon voucher with her social enterprise Sanitree. A service to provide those in Kenya with access to sanitary pads.
The judges were especially impressed with the winner; Lorenzo Conti with Crover, a new way to monitor stored grains and cereal. The PhD student from the School of Engineering won a £200 Amazon voucher who said “I can’t stress enough how invaluable the help from the LAUNCH.ed advisors! They told me what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. With no previous business experience and in a very short time this allowed me to put together a business model that seems to get the message across.”