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SIE Entrepreneurs reach Converge final


Converge Challenge have announced their 2016 full shortlist!

From 212 applicants this year, the judging process has now shortlisted the top 10 nominees for each of the competition’s three categories:

  • Converge Challenge: for those with an established idea
  • KickStart: for early stage ideas
  • Social Enterprise: for ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues

The 2016 Converge Challenge category includes two previous top 10 finalists and runners up from both the KickStart and Social Enterprise award categories. Converge Challenge’s commitment to nurturing new business ideas through its entrepreneurial development programme and expert advice has led to a strong pipeline of new business ideas being developed year on year.

Representing universities from across Scotland the shortlist of nominees represents a diverse mix of sectors including: renewables, food & drink, educational,construction, apps, beauty, healthcare software, security, digital retail and medical device digital healthcare.

The winner of each of the three categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on 22 September.


Special congratulations to the finalists who started with SIE;

Alexander Enoch – Robotical (Converge Challenge) New Ventures.

Susanne Mitschke, Patrick Renner, Gabriela Matic, Rogelio Arellano – MindMate (Converge Challenge.) Young Innovators Challenge 2015 winners.

Tomasz Sadowski – Opinew (Converge Challenge.) Former SIE informatics intern.

Erika Grant – Project Turnkey (KickStart.) Young Innovators Challenge 2014 finalist.

Heather Guyan – Classmate (KickStart.) I’m an Innovator finalist 2016.


Congratulations to all of the winners, finalists and entrants to this year’s competition. We’re really proud to be part of the Entrepreneurial Community in Scotland so it was great to cheer everyone on.

If you would like to enter the competition next year, visit the Converge Challenge website.

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