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Scottish EDGE Winners Pick up £1.1M

Brian Baglow

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Scottish EDGE 11

The final of the 11th round of Scottish EDGE handed out £1.1 million in grants and loans to Scotland’s most promising new start-ups.

The winners in the latest round of the Scottish EDGE competition were chosen on Friday 15th December at RBS’ HQ in Edinburgh.

The 22 finalists each had three minutes to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges including Rob Jones of FanDuel, Jo Bucci of People’s Postcode Lottery, Andy Lothian of Insights, Petra Wetzel of West Brewery and Majella O’Boyle of Royal Bank of Scotland.

13 businesses were chosen as winners for their potential to innovate, scale and disrupt the market.  As the UK’s largest funding competition, Scottish EDGE is awarded as a 40% grant and a 60% loan, with a maximum award of up to £150,000. The loan is paid back to help fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success. In addition, Scottish EDGE provides mentoring, training and access to professional support.

In addition to the main awards, several additional prizes were also awarded. The Higgs EDGE prize, a special award for high scale potential STEM focused businesses, went to uFraction8, a spin-out from Heriot Watt University, taking home £100,000 after impressing the panel with their ambition to commercialise new liquid particle processing technology.

The winners of Young EDGE, for entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and Wild Card EDGE for businesses who have yet to commence trading were also awarded. The winners from each category received a share of the £100,000 budget, with 17 receiving the maximum amount of £10,000 grant funding.

The first recipient of the new Creative EDGE award, focused on businesses within the creative industries was Anna Devitt of DirectDevitt, which delivers SQA-accredited course which uses comedy to build confidence.

Creating Jobs and Wealth for Scotland

Scottish EDGE CEO, Evelyn McDonald told DIGIT: “The calibre of businesses we’ve seen pitching today has been exceptional and our judges had their work cut out deciding who should be awarded funding. We received a total of 242 applications for Scottish EDGE round eleven from around the country, representing businesses in every sector. The 22 businesses who pitched today demonstrated a commitment and intense desire to grow their business and create jobs and wealth for Scotland and I believe many will achieve this.”

Sir Tom Hunter, renowned Scottish entrepreneur and supporter of Scottish EDGE, said: “I love seeing entrepreneurs pitch an idea which they are incredibly passionate about, and attending the Scottish EDGE final is a real highlight for me for that very reason. Through EDGE we’re seeing a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship developing in Scotland, heeding our nation’s proud tradition as innovators. This is not just about money however, all entrants, win or lose, receive support packages to help them on their way and come back again to EDGE when they are ready to do so.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for Royal Bank of Scotland said: “Congratulations to all of the winners for emerging victorious from such an impressive group of finalists. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Hunter Foundation to continue to support entrepreneurial talent, develop Scottish EDGE and breathe life into entrepreneurship across Scotland.  The 263 winners from rounds one to ten have, thus far, generated an additional £79.78 million in turnover, secured £87.87 million in additional investment, and created 1,204 jobs. We’re delighted with this progress and look forward to continued success as today’s winners join our ever-growing group of high-achieving entrepreneurial alumni.”

A True Blend of Social Purpose and Creativity

Rachael Brown from the Cultural Enterprise Office, which co-sponsored the Creative EDGE award said: “at Cultural Enterprise Office we believe that Scotland can be the best place to create, scale and grow a creative career or business. Scotland is a vibrant and creative nation, we always have been. Together with our Creative EDGE partners, Creative Scotland and Scottish EDGE, we are proud and delighted to present the first ever Creative EDGE award to DirectDevitt, a business with a true blend of social purpose and creativity.”

Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, at co-sponsor Creative Scotland, said: “This has been a really exciting process that has allowed us to see smart creative ideas to be turned into businesses that have the power to transform the lives of many people. I’ve been really pleased to have the opportunity to see first-hand the skills, ambitions and creative purpose embodied in everyone who has taken part. Huge congratulations to Anna and I’m sure that all of these businesses will be winners in their own fields, and we look forward to seeing them all thrive in the future.”

Scottish EDGE 11 Wild Card WinnersThe winners of Scottish EDGE Round 11 are:

  • Bella and Duke: A monthly subscription offering species specific, raw pet food direct to customers. Amount: £50,000 | Location: Perthshire
  • BUBLBag: Producer of inflatable packaging products which provide maximum product protection cost effectively. Amount £25,000 | Location: Falkirk
  • EBar Initiatives: Creator of the EBar device, an innovative, self-service beverage dispenser which pours the perfect pint in three seconds. Amount: £75,000 | Location: Aberdeen
  • Gin Bothy: Producer of Great Taste award winning gin in flavours such as Mulled Gin, Chilli and Amaretto. Amount: £70,000 | Location: Kirriemuir
  • Industrial Nature: Manufacturers of a range of innovative, low cost, insulating construction products made from left-over crop materials. Amount: £97,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • StoriiCare: A software platform for elderly care, linking families with the care home workers. Amount: £100,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • Sansible Wearables: Creator of LiveSkin, a wearable sensor to aid decision making following force impact in contact sports. Amount: £50,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • T30 Fitness Training: Deliverer of Fatburn Extreme and GameFit – scientifically devised fitness workouts based around hormone balance and sports science. Amount £50,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • The Vegan Kind: Designer of subscription boxes and online supermarket specifically for vegans. Amount: £75,000 | Location: Glasgow

Higgs EDGE Special Award Winner:

  • uFraction8: Creating design solutions for the biomanufacturing/processing industry using new microfluidics based technology. Amount: £100,000 | Location: Falkirk

Creative EDGE Special Award Winner:

  • DirectDevitt: Deliverer of the SQA Accredited course, Comedy and Confidence, throughout Scotland and the UK. Amount: £50,000 | Location: Glasgow

The Wild Card EDGE Winners are:

  • Adelie Health – Adelie Health Limited is a digital health startup which uses insights from behavioural economics to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic diseases with a focus on diabetes. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Aberdeen
  • AS-DZine – Go~Charge™ is a multi-award-winning, patent-pending hydration product, which can be attached to any hydration pack. It allows you to instantly switch between plain water and a scientifically formulated sports drink as often as you wish. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Stirling
  •  lil’POP – The Healthy Crop specialises in all things sorghum! Sorghum is a nutrient-rich, gluten-free, and drought resilient crop! Introducing this wonderful ancient grain to the UK with their first product, lil’POP: popped sorghum. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  •  Attis Fitness – Attis Fitness is developing an innovative smart wearable for runners. The product is a compression legging which has smart sensors embedded into the fabric. Amount: £6,000 | Location: Stirling
  • Casta Spes Technologies – CST is currently developing the Heliwheel, a recreational product that comprises of a self-stabilising wheel and camera attachment. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • Design Surge – A startup that is dedicated to the design and manufacture of cycling accessories that target the commuter market. The business will aim to provide a range of premium products that provide the consumer with a consistent user experience. Amount: £6,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • Kingdom Scotland – Scotland’s First Luxury and Creative Fragrance House, working with a Scottish master perfumer to bottle the essence of Scotland in high-end perfumes. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • Kinetic Utilities t/a Kinetic Water – A supplier of Water filtration products which aims to become a well-known lifestyle brand. The filter increases the quality of drinking water through a five stage filtering process. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Larkhall
  • Liberise – A pre-trading company who aim to empower people who have a surgical stoma, requiring the wearing of a bag on their abdomen to collect waste. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Ayrshire
  • Seltza  – A disruptive trendsetter that produces unsweetened soft drinks. Seltza also produces carbonated soft drinks that provide an alternative to traditional soft drinks and mixers. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Fife
  • Talbase – Talbase are launching a sophisticated online recruitment software service with avatar interviewing that will provide a suite of cloud facilities suitable for both temporary and permanent staffing solutions. Amount: £8,000 | Location: Dundee

The Young EDGE Winners are:

  • The Herbivore Kitchen – The Herbivore Kitchen is a vegetarian and vegan friendly café which offers a mail-order brownie service and also hosts a five course vegan dinner every month called “The Herbivore Supper Club”. Amount: £7,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • Alterwaste Ltd – A specialist in sustainable foodservice disposables and packaging made from industrial waste products, currently focusing on its product “Colleggtion” – turning eggshell waste into compostable disposable packaging. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • BGR Training – Following the introduction of the company’s flagship product, ‘The BGR Suspension Trainer’, BGR Training will extend its brand to offer group fitness training classes and other branded products. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • Creatify Digital – Helps businesses reach their customers by creating business and metric driven websites. Creatify Digital is able to deliver a traditional agency service while creating smarter websites faster and cheaper than ever before. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • GETGUIDED – A b2b online marketplace connecting travel suppliers (Hotels and DMCs) with local experienced tour guides and tour guide companies. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • Good Nude Food – A Scottish food company dedicated to creating healthy and modern food products. The company’s first product range, ‘SUPERKRAUT’, is comprised of three nutritious, natural and delicious sauerkrauts. Amount: £7,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • Hemp Eyewear – Designs and manufactures the world’s first plant fibre eyewear. Using a leading edge sustainable technology, used by BMW and Mercedes cars, Hemp Eyewear has pioneered what it claims to be the most innovative frame in the industry. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • MicroSpray Technologies – MicroSpray Technologies’ mission is to revolutionise ultra-fine particle manufacturing for pharmaceutical and research industries using an innovative, simple and cost-effective spray technology. Amount: £4,000 | Location: Edinburgh
  • Ngage – Ngage’s headline product, Smart Concierge, allows accommodations to offer guests a simple and seamless way to make the most of their stay via their own personal, digital, on-demand concierge service. Amount: £7,000 | Location: Dumbartonshire
  • Oddity Innovations – A product design company with the aim of bringing innovative and unique products to market. The first innovation from Oddity is “pkt”, the reliable and efficient packaging solution for the parcel networks. Amount: £5,000 | Location: Denny
  • Teqnox Limited – An innovative startup company that designs body protection for equestrian sport. It was founded by director Carmen Cummiskey after it was identified that current body protection was bulky, restrictive and often difficult to put on. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Glasgow
  • Triyit – A product discovery club operating within the UK’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG). The platform empowers consumers to try more new products and discover new favourites, whilst providing FMCG brands with an affordable and highly engaging marketing solution. Amount: £10,000 | Location: Paisley

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