Converge Success for the BIZ

By Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit.

QMU are delighted to announce that four candidates have been successful in being shortlisted for the next round of Converge Challenge.

QMU are delighted to announce that four candidates, all members of The BIZ, have been shortlisted for the next round of Converge Challenge.

Jake Elliot-Hook, co-founder of Yaia, an ethical brand which produces S’wheat, a sustainable, multi-use bottle and Eadaoin McCormack, founder of Mums Empowered, an innovative pre- and post-natal, physiotherapy-led app empowering mothers to take an active role in looking after their health through exercise,  are through to the Impact Challenge category.

In the Creative Challenge category are recent post-graduate, Ann Landmann, with Cymera Festival, the UK’s first ever book festival dedicated to Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror writing and Martin Craig, with Sculpture Placement Group, a project that matches artworks in storage with a variety of new, adoptive organisations in order to widen public access to sculpture.

They are part of a group of 60 aspiring entrepreneurs from Scotland's universities who are now through to the next stage of Converge, Scotland's leading academic enterprise programme.  Semi-finalists will now be invited to attend three days of intensive, hands-on, business training which has been designed specifically to best prepare academic entrepreneurs with both start-up and spin-out companies. The cohort will also receive one-to-one coaching to help them master their '60-second pitch' before submitting a business plan to make it through to the final.




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