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SIE Awards Showcases Scotland’s Brightest Entrepreneurial Sparks

Ross Kelly

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Winners of the competition were awarded a total of £6,000 for their early-stage ideas and will also benefit from ongoing mentoring.

Camera-free sensor technology that captures 3D images, a system that uses seawater to grow vegetables and a process that recycles leather waste into paper were among the winning ideas at this year’s Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Awards.

Entrepreneurs from across Scotland converged in Glasgow last night to recognise and celebrate the winners of SIE’s Fresh Ideas competition – the longest running early-stage idea competition in the country.

SIE is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and aims to encourage and support entrepreneurial students through competitions and tailored support.

Winners of the competition were awarded a total of £6,000 for their early-stage ideas and will also benefit from ongoing mentoring from the organisation’s businesses advisers.

This year’s winners included:

  • Lucy Kerr, Glasgow School of Art
  • Alexander Bowen, Heriot-Watt University
  • Emma James, Robert Gordon University
  • Ishani Malhotra, University of Edinburgh
  • Yanik Nyberg, University of Strathclyde

Alexander Bowen is the founder of IMERAI and developer of camera-free 3D imaging technology which is used for precise mapping in privacy-conscious locations.

Commenting on his award, Bowen said: “It is a privilege to be recognised by SIE’s Fresh Ideas. There is a long line of successful entrepreneurs who have started their journeys having won Fresh Ideas, so it is very encouraging to know we are on the right path.

“The support provided by SIE’s network of experienced advisers has been critical for where we are as a startup in Scotland.”

Two special prizes were presented alongside the main awards, with the first being awarded to Anji Sandhu from the University of Glasgow.

Sandhu has developed an app aimed at supporting women with polycystic ovary syndrome; a condition that affects up to one-in-ten women and often goes undiagnosed.

The second prize was awarded to Robert Gordon University’s Rajesh Kumar, a software developer whose platform fully digitises the supply chain for food and drink businesses.

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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.”

Godsman added: “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.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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