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

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MiAlgae set to grow further after large investment

MiAlgae have been awarded a £70K Innovate UK grant to scale-up their algal omega-3 oil production from whisky co-products. MiAlgae showed significant innovation with their project and this will allow MiAlgae to start work on the containerised portion of the pilot plant which will go on to one of the distillery sites.

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects that address challenges in health and life sciences and lead to increased agri-food productivity, quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes

Started by LAUNCH.ed client Douglas Martin, MiAlgae uses Read More

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3 Day Startup March 2018

A group of students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh took part in 3 Day Startup by the LAUNCH.ed Team. The creative, entrepreneurial and productive weekend saw our 3DSers learn how to start-up over a weekend.

Participants arrived at the venue, the Outreach Centre, with or without start-up ideas and were lead through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches with feedback on Friday. By the end of the day we had seven teams with their start-up ideas ranging from social enterprises offering a social conscious alternative to shopping and gift buying to a possible solution to the NHS and GP waiting times.

Saturday saw the teams back for Read More

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Startup Festival success!

Current students and LAUNCH.ed clients Lorenzo Conti and Alison Wood won at this year’s eClub pitching competition.

Each student entrepreneur pitched to a panel of judges and a live audience during the Start-up Festival that took place on 7th March.

Lorenzo Conti took first place in the Novel Ideas round for Crover, a moving sensor that can monitor the quality of grain stored in silos. And Alison Wood took first place in the Venture Development category for Read More

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Trio of startups selected for leading sustainability programme

Three Edinburgh Innovations clients have won backing from Europe’s largest sustainability entrepreneurship programme, Climate-KIC.

Sustainable bioprocessing specialist uFraction8, online charity shopping startup One Cherry, and flatpack toaster designer Kasey Hou have been selected for the prestigious Climate-KIC Accelerator programme.

Alongside five other winners they will each receive up to Read More

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Introducing our new social enterprise advisor

The LAUNCH.ed team is growing! We are delighted to have a new Business Advisor on board; Lorna Baird. Lorna has recently joined us as an advisor specialising in social enterprise, and is already supporting many of our clients who aspire to using their business and entrepreneurial skills to bring about social improvements.

Lorna shares her experience to date with us: Read More

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Edinburgh startup culture steadily growing

The High Growth Small Business urban hub league table says that three of every five high-growth small businesses are located outside of London and the south-east of England.

On average 52 new businesses a day register in Edinburgh and was named the best city in the UK to launch a start-up in 2016. The universities within the Scottish capital has also proven to develop talented graduates and help the city remain one of the best places to startup. Read More

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SIE highly commended announced

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) have announced the winners and highly commended for their monthly Fresh Ideas competition.

Eleven students from the University of Edinburgh have made it through to the highly commended short list and have won £100 each. They also make it onto stage two of the competition where they will compete for their chance to win Read More

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3 Day Startup March 2018

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3 Day Startup March 2018

Our first 3 Day Startup of the year is now open for applications!

This unique, high energy, fun event has proved so popular the LAUNCH.ed team had to run two a year!

What happens at 3 Day Startup?

50 plus students come along to this three day event taking place over the weekend. All students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh are encouraged to apply.

Come with, or without a business or social enterprise idea. Read More

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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.

They made it to the finals, along with Read More

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