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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

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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.

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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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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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Holly Jolly

11th December 2017

Holly Jolly

We team up every year with the Entrepreneurship Club to bring you this festive networking event.

Speed networking will also take place for 30 – 40 minutes, and there will then be an opportunity for more informal networking over a glass of wine and mince pie!

The winners of the Business Ideas Competition will also be announced! The six finalists entered an application and gave a pitch to a panel of judges. Now it’s time to find out the winners!

Book your place via the eClub

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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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Win tickets for Vloggers 101 workshop

We are giving four lucky University of Edinburgh students and recent graduates free tickets for an Introduction to Vlogging 101 event by the Edinburgh Bloggers Conference held on 7th December.

This workshop would usually cost £31 and is an evening focused on all areas of what it takes to be a top vlogger. You’ll get the chance to practise vlogging with support from experienced vloggers and special guests. Listen to and meet four experienced speakers from the industry and do a bit of networking. Entrance to the after party at Lulu’s is also included in your ticket!

To enter you need to tell us why getting a ticket would help you with your business or social venture via twitter. Make sure you tag us @LAUNCH_ed to enter the competition!

Deadline 26th November at midnight.

Tweet and enter now!

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