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uFraction8 awarded SMART grant

Fantastic news for our clients at uFraction8! The sustainable cell separation technology has been awarded a £100,000 grant from SMART Scotland!

They will use this funding to work on Read More

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Carbogenics takes top prize in Converge Challenge

Carbogenics, a spinout company that turns disposable coffee cups into fertiliser, has taken the coveted top prize in Converge Challenge 2018, and fellow Edinburgh Innovations clients won the awards’ Social Enterprise and Kickstart prizes.

The annual awards for entrepreneurs from Scottish universities and research institutes were presented at a ceremony in Edinburgh attended by more than 200 Scottish business and entrepreneurial leaders. More than £160,000 was awarded to 10 winners. Read More

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May and Sturgeon visit University to sign City Region Deal

Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have visited the University to formally agree the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Mrs May and Ms Sturgeon signed the deal at the University’s Bayes Centre, at an event that highlighted data science expertise at the University.

Supporting development

The £1.3 billion investment is designed to Read More

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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Two LAUNCH.ed clients made it through to the North Semi-Finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

This annual pitching competition is aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from UK partner universities. Participants can win a range of prizes including seed funding, mentoring and startup support. Since the competition’s Read More

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Startups triumph at Scottish EDGE

Edinburgh Innovations clients have scooped the biggest awards at round 12 of Scottish EDGE, the UK’s largest entrepreneurship funding competition.

Dr Kate Cameron, founder and CEO of Cytochroma, won the Higgs EDGE prize for businesses focused on science, technology and engineering, and was awarded £150,000, the maximum possible for the Higgs prize.

Toxicology test

Cytochroma offers a low-cost, high-speed drug toxicology testing service using stem-cell-derived liver cells.

Dr Cameron is currently a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow, hosted by Edinburgh Innovations and funded by Read More

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Success for student and staff innovators

A process that turns disposable coffee cups into fertiliser, an app for buying and selling from charity shops and an online hub for ‘clean beauty’ brands were among winners in Edinburgh Innovations’ annual enterprise awards.

Products and services pioneered by staff, students and recent graduates were celebrated at the 2018 Inspire Launch Grow awards, hosted by Edinburgh Innovations at the Playfair Library in Old College.

Five categories

Twenty-two finalists presented their businesses to a panel of judges earlier in the month. Winners in five categories were announced at the awards event on Wednesday, 13 June, with prizes of up to Read More

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MiAlgae set to shake up feed sector after £500,000 investment

MiAlgae, a student-launched startup that aims to revolutionise the animal and fish feed industries with microalgae made from the co-products of whisky, has received £500,000 from investors.

The company, founded by Douglas Martin while a masters student at the University of Edinburgh in 2015-16, grows algae rich in omega-3 and other nutrients using co-products from the whisky distillation process.

The microalgae produced can be used as a raw material for agricultural food products, with the company initially targeting the aquaculture industry, whose future growth is predicted to Read More

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Launch of Startup Summer

The first group of inspirational entrepreneurs are ready to begin the Santander sponsored Startup Summer Entrepreneurship Programme.

This 12 week programme will help early stage potential startups increase their chance of launching. Upon successful completion, each applicant will be awarded Read More

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Student team enjoys social enterprise success

A team of Edinburgh students is to represent the UK at the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition.

They will take part in the Enactus World Cup for student-run social enterprises to be held in San Jose, California, in October.

The event brings together an international network of students, academics and business leaders seeking to transform lives and create a better future through entrepreneurial action.

UK final

Some 83 Edinburgh students – involved in eight social enterprises – were crowned Enactus UK 2018 National Champion at an event with 31 other finalists in London.

Their success saw them qualify for the World final in California. There they will showcase their work alongside Read More

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Students triumph with their Fresh Ideas

Two teams of LAUNCH.ed clients have triumphed in the Scottish Institute of Enterprise’s 2017-18 Fresh Ideas competition.

Lorenzo Conti, a PhD student in the School of Engineering’s Institute for Infrastructure and the Environment, was one of the five main competition winners, receiving £1,000 for Crover, a sensor that will move through grain silos to detect early signs of spoilage.

Exciting potential

“Lorenzo has done brilliantly by taking Read More

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