The SIE New Ventures Competition is now open for entries. This is a Scotland-wide competition for university students or recent alumni who are already running businesses. In four out of the last five years, a business from the University of Edinburgh has won the national title.
This is a great competition to enter for national recognition and for the prize itself: £1000 cash for the six category winners, plus an additional £5000 in business support for the overall winner. This year, the categories are:
- Sustainability in the Environment
- Digital Innovation
- Product Design and Engineering
- Science and Technology
- Arts & Cultural Enterprises
The deadline for entries is the 25th January 2013. As ever, we’re happy to help you with your entry—just request a meeting here and we’ll help you polish up your application.
And now it’s time to climb in the way-back machine, with some photos of previous years’ SIE competitions and their Edinburgh winners!
Psychology PhD student Alexa Ipsas receiving her prize from one of the judges in the 2008 SIE New Ventures Competition. Alexa’s company, ResearchIsCool.com, helps connect researchers with interesting research opportunities.
SIE CEO James Barlow presenting Engineering Masters student Ed Bolam first place in the 2009 New Ventures Competition. Ed’s company RevDrive produces a novel gearbox system for downhill mountain bikes.
Politics undergrad Richard Burton winning the New Ventures Competition’s sister competition, the New Ideas Competition, in 2009. Burton won the competition for his idea for a new website that would help groups of people, like school leavers, place joint orders for customised clothing. After winning the competition, he turned the idea into a business, and eventually sold it to a competitor.
LAUNCH.ed business advisers Brian Baillie and Becci Barr with Edinburgh student Chanita Seedaket, picking up the 2010 prize on behalf of Informatics PhD Flaminia Cavallo. Flaminia won the competition for her business TheoryMine, which lets customers name and give novel new theorems as gifts.
University of Edinburgh team Paul Brennan and Roland Partridge winning first place in last year’s SIE New Ventures Competition for their surgical simulation start-up eoSurgical. Also pictured: SIE CEO Fiona Godsman, and LAUNCH.ed business adviser Brian Baillie.