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Converge Challenge Awards 2016

The Converge Challenge and Converge Kickstart competitions came to an end on the 22nd of September with a final pitch and awards ceremony. We would like to congratulate all those who took part! We are delighted to have supported 4 of the 8 finalists including:


Converge Challenge
JOINT Winner

Susanne Mitschke, MindMate – University of Glasgow

£35,500 (£21,500 in cash and £14,000 in business support)
MindMate won the 2015 Young Innovators Challenge and came 3rd in our New Ventures competition in 2016.


Converge Challenge Design & Creativity Award

Dr Alexander Enoch, Robotical Ltd – University of Edinburgh

£24,500 (£10,000 in cash and £14,000 in business support)
Robotical won our Innovation Forum ‘What If’ Accelerator Award in 2016.


Social Enterprise Winner

Erika Grant – Project Turn Key, University of Aberdeen – £5,000


Entrepreneurial Spirit Winner

Anna Renouf – Orrin Equestrian Ltd, University of the Highlands & Islands – £1,000
Anna won our Fresh Ideas competition in 2016.

The Converge Challenge and Converge Kickstart competitions are run by Heriot Watt University. They provide entrepreneurial training, hands-on mentoring, business support and give out cash prizes to help students further their ideas.


Applications for Converge Challenge 2017 will launch online in February 2017 at: and can be a product or service, in any industry sector and at any stage.

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