Scottish EDGE announces its finalists and new Live Final venue

Scottish EDGE has announced a new venue for its latest round’s finalists, taking the UK’s largest business funding competition out of its Edinburgh home for the first time since its inception in 2013.

  • Twenty businesses reach the finale of Scottish EDGE Round 12 – the UK’s biggest business funding competition
  • They will pitch to an expert panel of judges, chaired by Jim McColl OBE of Clyde Blowers on 29th May at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling for a slice of the round prize pot of £1 million

Located at the heart of the University of Stirling, the Macrobert Arts Centre, in partnership with Stirling CouncilUniversity of Stirling and Forth Valley College, will play host to over 600 expected delegates for a day of live business pitching, keynote speakers and business support exhibitors.

The latest round of Scottish EDGE kicked-off in early February, attracting 250 business applications from across the country. During an intensive three-day long semi-final, 57 shortlisted entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a collective panel of 15 expert judges.

The final 20 emerged as the most innovative with potential to scale and will now pitch to a panel of business heavyweights at the Scottish EDGE Live Final on Tuesday 29th May 2018, including Jim McColl OBE of Clyde Blowers, Steve Dunlop of Scottish Canals, Simon Hannah of Fishill, Maeve McMahon of Royal Bank of Scotland and Carol Beattie of Stirling Council.

The winning businesses will receive a share in the round’s £1 million prize fund, with awards of up to £150,000 in cash available and a business support package from the Scottish EDGE partners.

Now in its 12th funding round, Scottish EDGE – which is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Hunter Foundation, and the Scottish Government – has been a springboard to almost 300 businesses. TV SquaredUuniAppointeddBeauty KitchenTrtl and Robotical are just some of the companies to come through Scottish EDGE in recent years.

Past winners have, to date, created an additional 2,660 Scottish jobs, generated an additional £79.78 million in turnover, and received additional investment to the sum of £67.44 million. In the last round of Scottish EDGE, cash prizes of £1.07 million were shared amongst 38 winners across three different categories.

Scottish EDGE CEO, Evelyn McDonald, said

For us, Stirling is the perfect location for EDGE’s first venture away from its native Edinburgh venue. The city’s pro-business attitude and fast progression towards being a centre of excellence in startup innovation, aligns perfectly with our agenda to attract and support the best entrepreneurial talent Scotland has to offer.

With businesses from CodeBase Stirling and University of Stirling’s Sporting Chance Initiative occupying finalist and winner places in the past three Scottish EDGE Finals, it has been impossible for us to ignore the quality of startup business that Stirling is producing. We’re looking forward to experiencing firsthand that highly driven entrepreneurial culture.

Stewart Carruth, Chief Executive of Stirling Council, said:

I am delighted to welcome the final of Scottish Edge Round 12 to Stirling alongside our partners at University of Stirling and Forth Valley College. This is an exciting opportunity for Stirling to welcome so many innovative start-ups and growing businesses.

Stirling is home to so many brilliant entrepreneurs and we are passionate about creating an environment for business and innovation to thrive. University of Stirling’s Innovation Park and world-class research facilities, along with over 750 courses offered at Forth Valley College, produces some of the highest quality graduates in the country. This talented young workforce, complemented by our new technology incubator, Codebase, which opened last year makes Stirling an ideal location for new businesses to grow and succeed.

I look forward to supporting the talented finalists of Scottish Edge Round 12, and wish them the best of luck for the competition and every success in the future.

Liam Spillane, Director of Commercial Services at the University of Stirling, said:

Stirling Venues is delighted to attract such a vibrant and high profile event to the University of Stirling campus, which is itself a thriving hub of research and innovation.

We’re always keen to encourage collaboration between industry and the academic community and this is a great opportunity to showcase to incubator companies our breath-taking location and unique event facilities.

Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College, said:

Scottish Edge is such a dynamic competition and we are delighted to be providing the catering for the event. Our hospitality students are very excited to be showcasing their own skills to some of Scotland’s best up and coming businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

They will be drawing inspiration from our college ethos – ‘Making Learning Work’ – at this high-profile event where our country’s next generation of top companies will be determined to make their business work, it has all the ingredients to be a great success.

Julie Ellen, Artistic Director at Macrobert Arts Centre, said:

Macrobert Arts Centre are delighted to welcome the business community to Stirling. We believe that by holding the Scottish EDGE in an arts environment, participants will see the value of cross-sectoral working and how it can encourage creative flair in a commercial context.

The cultural and business sectors thrive when they come together, transferring their knowledge, skills and experience face to face, and the fantastic facilities at Macrobert Arts Centre are perfectly placed geographically, to support the Scottish business conference sector in their entrepreneurial adventures.

Tickets for the Live Final, which is free to attend, can be booked at:

Full list of finalists:

ARX Maritime (ARX Defence Ltd) – Designs and develops cutting-edge solutions and hardware to the forefront of maritime operations – its core product is an anti-piracy barrier called ABaC.

Aurora Sustainability Ltd – Sets up demonstrative Circular Economy Biorefinery in clusters for social, private and public organisations, offering mentoring and trainings on the CE business model.

Broker Insights Ltd – A platform that provides insurers with powerful search capabilities to direct their sales resources to the right brokers, at the right time, for the right business.

Carbogenics Ltd – Produces the carbon-based additive CreChar(R) for anaerobic digestion (AD), helping enhance the microbial activity in their AD plants.

Cearban Ltd – An adventure wildlife tourism business, offering transformational experiences, such as swimming with basking sharks around the Inner Hebrides.

Citizen Ticket – An ethically driven event ticketing platform that links tickets to Blockchain to give event organisers a new layer of transparency and protection from ticket touts.

Curious Chip Ltd – Creator of Pip – a handheld computer that combines programmability, expandability and high-performance graphics into a portable, attractive and easy-to-use package.

Cytochroma – Combines state of the art, automated technology and pioneering science to generate stem cell derived liver cells that model human physiology.

Guy & Beard Ltd – High quality barber shops made out of converted shipping containers in convenient locations, with free parking and affordable prices.

Just Venue Holding Ltd – An online platform that aims to socialise event space booking, by connecting event hosts and organizers with space owners and managers.

McCormack Innovation – Creator of FlushAway™ Stool Collector, which seeks to dramatically increase the diagnosis of Bowel or Colorectal cancers due to its sanitary benefits using soluble materials.

MiAlgae Ltd – Developed a novel algae production to harvest Omega 3 oils from micro-algae grown on waste water.

Novosound – Sells novel, printed, ultrasound sensors to the industrial inspection, medical imaging and dental imaging markets.

RAB Microfluidics – Developed cutting-edge microfluidic ‘Lab-on-a-chip’ technology that delivers OCM analysis a 1000x faster and 10x cheaper than the current approaches.

Spark and Rocket Ltd t/a SoundBops – Developed Soundbops –  a music educational platform of hardware and software that enables children to create, learn, play and love music.

SpeyCardio Ltd – Medical life-sciences company undertaking the design, development and commercialisation of the SpeyCardio Lifestyle Defibrillator™.

Sustain (Scotland) Ltd – Sale of innovativeUK patented kitchen handle fitting tool for use by kitchen fitters and DIY enthusiasts.

The Little Herb Farm – A fine food manufacturing business creating a range of sweet fruit vinegars using mainly its own herbs and a range of chilled dips.

The Start-up Drinks Lab Ltd – Provide manufacturing, packaging and storage solutions for small-medium sized soft drink companies for everything from “concept to shelf”.

Veloeye Ltd – Offering a bike registration system which comprises of a tamper resistant QR label and a free smartphone app