The Corinthian Club in Glasgow last night played host to the annual SIE Awards Dinner, where the finalists of the 2018-19 Fresh Ideas Competition were joined by past winners, educators and supporters to celebrate entrepreneurship in Scotland.
SIE alumni Roy Hotrabhvanon (Playerdata) and Lorn Jean were the star speakers of the night, sharing the passions and pitfalls of their personal journeys to success. Then, after a delicious three course dinner, the plates were cleared away and it was finally time to reveal this year’s Fresh Ideas champions…
The winners were:
SPECIAL AWARDS (each receiving £400)
University of Glasgow
Winning idea: PCOS Buddy provides revolutionary app-based support for women with PCOS, allowing them to manage symptoms and recover their autonomy
Food and Drink
Robert Gordon University
Winning idea: Innovative software for the Food & Drink Industry allowing them to fully digitise their supply chain and offer clear information for consumers.
FRESH IDEAS AWARDS WINNERS – £1200 each
Glasgow School of Art
Winning idea: Wet Blue recycles waste from the leather industry to provide a sustainable alternative to paper.
Winning idea: IMERAI is a new sensor technology capable of capturing 3D images from environments without optical technology, offering camera-free solutions for developers.
Robert Gordon University
Winning idea: Beltfree is an innovative new range of all-in-one high-quality maternity garments.
University of Edinburgh
Winning idea: An innovative research tool for cancer research that provides a cost-effective alternative to animal testing.
University of Strathclyde
Winning idea: Seawater Solutions Ltd promotes climate resilience in agriculture by redeveloping Scotland’s coastal farmland in order to grow saline vegetables using seawater.
Fiona Godsman, Chief Executive of SIE, commented:
“Last night we celebrated some of Scotland’s most promising entrepreneurs. From ideas that champion sustainability to mitigate human impact on our environment, to a cancer research tool that supports the targeted development of new drugs, this year’s winners are creating businesses that can have a positive impact on society.
“SIE is proud to support these young entrepreneurs at the start of their enterprise journey and we are excited to see what their futures hold. In this rapidly changing world, we are committed to helping even more students to develop the skills and confidence they will need to embrace the opportunities of the future, not just as innovative entrepreneurs but also as talented and future-ready employees.”