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Scotland’s Future Entrepreneurs Recognised at SIE Annual Student Enterprise Summit

SIE’s Student Enterprise Summit took place on Wednesday 25th of March and welcomed over 300 students to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Since 2004, SIE’s annual summit has brought students and entrepreneurs from across the country under one roof to learn from established entrepreneurs, celebrate the success of new business ideas and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Attendees heard from inspirational Scottish businesses including Brewdog and MBN Solutions as well as Scottish based start-up Mallzee and past New Ventures competition winners, Swipii – a company that has since gone on to bring its loyalty scheme for local businesses to market and now employs 11 people.

There was also an employability panel, allowing guests to ask questions to a group of experts on what businesses really look for in their staff and how enterprise skills are valued by employers

Fiona Godsman, CEO of SIE, said:

“It’s of huge importance that we recognise and value young entrepreneurial talents in Scotland. We have to give the next generation of business people as much as possible in order to succeed in this increasingly competitive global economy. Equally we want to demonstrate the importance of having an enterprising skillset, not just for those wishing to go it on their own, but to the organisations who employ people every day.”

The winners of SIE’s Fresh Ideas and New Ventures competitions were announced and received their prizes on stage. The full winners were:

Fresh Ideas Competition

Overall winner (£1000)
Andrew Robertson, Glasgow University / Glasgow School of Art
(New Mountain Rescue Stretcher)

Runner up (£500)
Jordan Smith, Glasgow School of Art
(New packing product)

Runner up (£500)
Michael Harkins, Heriot Watt University
(Turtle Pack)

New Ventures Competition (Sponsored by Bank of Scotland)
1st Prize (£10000)
Christopher McCann, University of Dundee

2nd Prize (£5000)
Victoria Hamilton, Strathclyde University graduate
(VH Innovation Ltd – Recoil Kneepads)

3rd Prize (Joint winners, each receiving £1000)
David Hunter, Edinburgh University graduate
(Shot Scope Technologies – Shotscope wearable wristband)

Amanda Day, Strathclyde University graduate
(All Day Designs – The Caterpillar)

Enterprise Campus Award for Best Idea from Postgraduate Research (sponsored by Enterprise Campus). £2,500 and a package of support from Enterprise Campus.

Dr Mallika Punukollu, Glasgow University
Dr Fiona Mitchell, Aberdeen University

Steve Broadfoot Award (£500)
Paul Morton, University of the West of Scotland
Band Together

(Pictured, New Ventures Competition Winners with Sammy Jo Gardner from Bank of Scotland. Left to Right: Sammy Jo Gardner, Victoria Hamilton, Christopher McCann, Amanda Day, David Hunter, Dr Mallika Punukollu).

At the summit, SIE announced that all the finalists of the New Ventures competition were also being awarded one year membership of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Future Leaders group.

Commenting on the announcement, Sandy Kennedy, CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland said:

“Entrepreneurial Scotland is delighted to welcome the New Ventures Finalists to network for Future Leaders network, which connects and develops talented individuals – like the finalists – who aspire to lead enterprises of scale and make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world.”

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