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I’m an Innovator 2016 Bootcamp

The winners of SIE’s ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition gathered at Loch Lomond last weekend for the Winners Bootcamp to take their innovation ideas from concept to reality.

Over 100 entries were received back in April, with entrants completing an application, attending an innovation workshop and submitting a challenging video pitch before reaching the final. 14 ideas were represented in this final stage of the competition, ranging from new products and services to improve social inclusion, education and innovative products to improve general health & fitness or manage medical conditions.

Kicking things off on Saturday morning was Mel Sherwood, Director of Grow Your Potential, who delivered a talk covering a wide range of relevant topics, from taking ownership of your idea to presentation skills, and vocal warm up exercises.

The afternoon session was led by Xpand founder, Juergen Kast, and focussed on developing entrepreneurial skills and strengths to drive your idea forward, which roused some further questions from the captive audience of winners.

The finalists worked on their ideas over the weekend, before making their final pitches to a panel of young social entrepreneurs (and SIE alumni!); Fergus Moore & Scott Kennedy co-founders of Revive Eco and Stephen Spiers co-founder of Studio2080 and Power a Life.

 CEO Fiona Godsman with Scott Kennedy (left), Stephen Spiers (center) and Fergus Moore (right.)

 The final winners of the ‘I’m an Innovator’ Competition are:

1st prize: £1000, Alex Rollings & Alison Cunningham, University of Strathclyde

Winning entry: Innobox, which uses storytelling and problem solving to encourage a child’s interest in STEM subjects.

 2nd Prize: £750, Glen McMurchy, University of Strathclyde

Winning entry: A new modular design for wind towers.

3rd Prize: £500, Liam McMorrow, University of Aberdeen,

Winning entry: A new device to help diabetics manage insulin dosages.

Highly Commended: £250, Simon Griffiths, Edinburgh College

Idea: A support package to help young people cope with renal dialysis.

Highly Commended: £250, Heather Guyan, University of Strathclyde

Idea: An innovative ‘ear defender’ to support learning in special needs environments.

Highly Commended: £250, David White, University of Strathclyde

Idea: A new bodyweight fitness training product.


The competition finalists who pitched to judges were:

  •  Alice Kettle, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Susan Drummond & Kirsty Johnson, University of Strathclyde
  • Robin Irvine and Ciorstaidh MacGillivray, University of St Andrews
  • Thomas Reid, University of the West of Scotland
  • Karthik Ramesh, Glasgow School of Art
  • Jonny Ingledew & Kate MacDonald, Heriot-Watt University
  • Hui Chi Yan, University of Edinburgh
  • Alina Mikhailova, University of Edinburgh.

Well done everyone – we can’t wait to see how your winning ideas progress!

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