Looking To Get Your Business IDea Off To A Flying Start?

Applications are now open for Converge 2019, the leading company creation competition for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

From spin outs to start-ups, Converge helps the most innovative and creative thinkers from academia to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions by offering no-strings-attached cash prizes, mentoring and a programme of business support that turns fledgling businesses into investor-ready companies.

This year you can choose from three competition categories:

·Converge Challenge – for projects demonstrating protectable know how, high commercial potential and scalability Creative Challenge – for innovative, new businesses operating within Scotland’s creative industries sector  Impact Challenge – for innovative, new businesses with a social or environmental mission at their core Applications are welcomed from any industry sector and for products or service-based ideas at any stage of development. To find out more including how to apply visit: www.convergechallenge.com

Entries open: Thursday 14 March

Deadline for entries: Thursday 25 April at 12 noon

Competition categories: Converge Challenge; Creative Challenge and Impact Challenge

Benefits: £230k prize pot including cash and in-kind support

Who can apply? Staff, students & recent graduates (within 24 months of graduation)

Website: www.convergechallenge.com

The University of the West of Scotland has enjoyed great success in the past with previous alumni including:

Dave Hughes, Novosound (Converge Challenge 2017 Winner) Des Gibson, SpectralSense (Converge Challenge 2017 Finalist)Mark Munro, The UK Change Charity (Impact Challenge 2015 Runner up)