- MindMate and MicroSense Technologies Ltd are announced as joint winners of Converge Challenge 2016
- Second place is awarded to Chris Hughes of University of Strathclyde with Estendio
- New for 2016, the Design and Creativity prize awarded to Dr Alexander Enoch of University of Edinburgh with Robotical Ltd
- Dr David Harris-Birtill of University of St Andrews announced as winner of the KickStart award category with Beyond Medics Ltd – Automated Remote Pulse Oximetry (blood oxygen saturation)
- Erika Grant of University of Aberdeen announced as winner of the Social Enterprise award category with Project TurnKey
- KickStart Digital Entrepreneur awarded to: Richard McAdam from Edinburgh Napier University with Regenerative Shock Absorber
- Anna Renouf of University of the Highlands & Islands was recognised with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for her company - Orrin Equestrian Ltd
- Winners represent a diverse geographical spread of the universities from across Scotland including: University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of St Andrews, University of Aberdeen and, for the first time, both Edinburgh Napier University and University of the Highlands & Islands
The first place prize of Converge Challenge 2016 has been jointly awarded to MindMate and MicroSense Technologies Ltd. The first place prize, valued at £71,000, includes £43,000 in cash and £28,000 worth of business support will be split between the joint winners (valued at £35,500 each, £21,500 in cash and £14,000 in business support). MindMate led by Susanne Mitschke of University of Glasgow is an assistance platform for people with dementia, their caregivers and family members. MicroSense Technologies is led by Professor Marc Desmulliez of Heriot-Watt University, a service company based on the patented product called FoodSense, a sensor system aimed at reducing waste and improving process monitoring in food processing lines for the Food and Drinks industries.
Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, said:
“My congratulations to all the winners, the finalists and the participants of Converge Challenge 2016 for raising the bar yet again. This is the first time we have had a joint first place and it is testament to the quality of this year’s finalists.”
The second place prize was awarded to Chris Hughes of University of Strathclyde with Estendio, a company aiming to revolutionise the educational development of dyslexics throughout the world by delivering innovative software products and services. They take home a total prize fund of £29,000, including £15,000 in cash and £14,000 in business support.
New for 2016, to celebrate Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, was a prize valued at £24,500 including £10,000 in cash and £14,000 in business support for Design and Creativity that was awarded to Dr Alexander Enoch of University of Edinburgh with Robotical Ltd, a company that creates robots that inspire and engage the next generation of engineers and scientists.
The KickStart prize, for early stage ideas, was awarded to Dr David Harris-Birtill of University of St Andrews with Beyond Medics Ltd: Automated Remote Pulse Oximetry, a camera-based system that remotely measures patients’ vital signs. He receives a cash prize of £3,000. An additional award for the KickStart finalists was the KickStart Digital Entrepreneur Award, recognising internet entrepreneurialism and the online marketing talent of the finalists’ early-stage ideas. The winner was chosen by an online vote that was open to the public in the weeks leading up to the final and was awarded to Richard McAdam from Edinburgh Napier University with Regenerative Shock Absorber, an innovative shock absorber that generates electricity and reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions.