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SIE Summit brings student entrepreneurship to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms

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

North Region
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

Overall: £1000
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.

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