SIE took over Edinburgh’s John McIntyre Conference Centre on Saturday for Exploration Day, our day-long intensive workshop for the best entrants from this years’ Fresh Ideas competition.
70 students from all over Scotland converged in Edinburgh to develop their ideas with the help of speakers such as Mel Sherwood (Mel Sherwood Ltd), Sydney Chasin (The Healthy Crop Ltd) and the Senior Business and Innovation Advisors from SIE.
The day culminated in a 20-second pitching competition, where the judging panel of SIE’s Business and Innovation Advisors was challenged to pick only 5 winners out of over 50 incredibly well-pitched ideas. The winners and their ideas were:
Laura Ablasser – Alternative methods of producing artificial hair
Jenny Watt – Using spent grain to make baked goods
Michael Youmans – Handcrafted Scottish heritage products made from unique materials from Scotland
Amee Ritchie – Alternative eco-friendly, water bottle for life
Daniel Robertson – Replacing plastic agricultural films, known as “mulch”, with films manufactured from food waste
The participants will now make any changes they need to their entries before the final submissions are shortlisted for judging.
It was a particularly busy weekend for SIE as while most of the team was in Edinburgh, our Enterprise Director Ann Davidson was speaking at TEDx University of Strathclyde. Outside of her role in SIE, Ann is a qualified yoga instructor and in her session, she talked about the value of yoga in connecting with the outside world and modern technology. Also speaking at the conference were SIE alumni, Rossi Stone (Dekko Comics) and Ross Brisco. We’ll be sharing the videos from the conference as soon as they are available!