The SIE Student Enterprise Summit returned to the Assembly Rooms on 23 March. Students from all over Scotland travelled to Edinburgh to hear more about enterprise, make connections in the CAN DO support network, and hear from inspiring speakers. This year, speakers included Andrew Dobbie (MadeBrave), and former television presenter turned entrepreneur, Carol Smillie (DiaryDoll).
There were over 300 tweets from attendees on the day, which saw the summit trending in Edinburgh, and have been captured on our storify board. Media coverage included the Scotland on Sunday, Herald, BQ, Daily Business Group and more.
For a full breakdown of the day, check out our guest blog from Christopher Sladdin from Scottish EDGE and The Start-up Interviews.
Thank you to all of our attendees, supporters and speakers for making it a very successful day!
During the summit, SIE’s Interns of the Year and the winners of SIE’s 2015-16 enterprise competitions were formally announced and received their prizes on stage:
Interns of the Year
Callum Swan, North East College Scotland
Sean Frame, UHI Thurso
Edinburgh and East Region
Laura McDonald, Heriot Watt University
Glasgow and West Region
Angela Castelano and Julie McElroy, University of the West of Scotland
SIE Fresh Ideas Competition winners
Runner up 1: £500
Ada Konkolska, Glasgow Caledonian University
Runner up 2: £500
Andras Pal Danyi, University of Strathclyde
Anna Renouf, UHI Inverness
SIE New Ventures Competition winners
PG Ventures Award, sponsored by Enterprise Campus: £1,500.
Corien Staels, University of Glasgow.
Winning entry: Staels Life Design, with WheelAIR, a cooling body temperture regular for wheelchair users.
Innovation Forum ‘What If’ Accelerator Award, sponsored by Innovation Forum: £1,000, and automatic entry into Innovation Forum’s national WHAT IF competition.
Alexander Enoch, University of Edinburgh
Winning entry: Robotical, with an affordable walking robot for learning robotics.
Third prize: £1,000
Suzanne Mitschke, Patrick Renner, Rogelio Arellano, Gabriela Matic (University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University graduates).
Winning entry: Mindmate. An app based platform designed to assist people with dementia, their carers and family members.
Second prize: £5,000
James McIlroy, University of Aberdeen
Winning entry: Eurobiotix CIC.
1st Prize, sponsored by Bank of Scotland: £10,000
Paul McGinley, University of Strathclyde
Winning idea: Pyramid Wifi, the world’s first plug-and-play unblocker.