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The winners of the 2016 – 17 Fresh Ideas competition were announced last night at the SIE Awards Dinner. The finalists joined an audience of SIE alumni, educators and supporters in the community at the fabulous Corinthian Hotel in Glasgow. After short talks from SIE alumni Assean Sheikh (Flavourly) and Susanne Mitschke (Mind Mate), who spoke about their own start-up experiences and shared tips for the way forward, the winners were revealed.

The winners were:
SPECIAL AWARDS (each receiving £250)

Health & Wellbeing award
Lisa Main, Robert Gordon University
A virtual town video game for schoolchildren to help promote healthy living.

Creative Industries award
Lorn Jean Cowie, University of Edinburgh
A high-end fashion brand focused around innovation.

Food & Drink award
Allistair Taylor & Matt Davidson, Robert Gordon University
A locally sourced and sustainable Scottish mead, utilising flavours and ingredients native to Scotland.

Environment award
Muhamad Adib Rosli, Heriot Watt University
A new wind turbine technology which would allow turbines to capture and generate more energy.


FINAL FRESH IDEAS WINNERS (each receiving £1000)

  • Zachary Baynham-Herd, University of Edinburgh
    The world’s first peer-peer conservation platform connecting those willing to donate to conservation, with those working specifically on individual conservation projects.
  • Sydney Chasin, Edinburgh Napier University graduate
    A healthy snack food company specialising in a healthy, eco-friendly, alternative to popcorn.
  • Roy Hotrabhvanon & Fiona Inglis, University of Edinburgh graduates
    A new wearable monitoring system to help sports coaches monitor the status of their teams in real time.
  • Sam Rogers, University of Strathclyde
    Portable power products for adventurers to help support renewable energy solutions developing counties.
  • Catherine Truel, Glasgow Caledonian University
    Alegrant – Supporting global trade by providing an online interactive platform connecting importers and exporters with vetted global trade and customs compliance experts wordwide.


Also receiving awards on the evening were our fantastic Interns of the Year:

  • David Sedlak, University of Aberdeen
  • Stephanie Warne, University of Strathclyde
  • Fraser Payne, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Kamil Polakowski, City of Glasgow

The evening was sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Marks & Clerk LLP.

Commenting on the winners, Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said:

“We’d like to congratulate all the winners tonight, and everyone who entered the competition. Fresh Ideas gives us the chance to celebrate the creative and enterprising talent of young entrepreneurs in Scotland. Enterprise is necessary when it comes to growing the economy and improving society. It is important to encourage and foster entrepreneurship in our young people to equip them with the skills to go on to become great business people, either working within larger organisations or leading their own teams.”

SIE will continue to support all of the entrants who wish to continue with their idea and help all the competition participants get to the next level. This is just the beginning!


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