GCU businesses through to Converge Challenge award shortlists

26 August 2016

Two applicants from GCU have been shortlisted for this year’s Converge Challenge, the company creation competition and start up development programme aimed at creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

There are three categories for the Converge Challenge 2016; the Converge Challenge Award, KickStart Award and Social Enterprise Award, with GCU receiving a shortlisted applicant in the Kickstart and Social Enterprise categories for early stage ideas and ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues respectively.  

In the top ten entries to the KickStart category, Catherine Truel’s business proposition is to develop an online interactive platform placing vetted global trade and customs compliance experts within reach of every exporter and importer.

Pedro Santos’ Re-Make, medical beauty treatments, has been shortlisted in the top five for the Social Enterprise Category.

The applications to this year’s Converge Challenge have been supported by UHatch, GCU’s business incubation service.

The 2016 Converge Challenge programme has been the most successful to date with 17 of Scotland’s universities represented among 212 applications. – This is a record number of applicants and represents 14% growth year on year. Applications were received from Undergraduates (30%), Postgraduates (40%) and staff (30%), with a 34% increase in KickStart applicants and 14% for the Social Enterprise award category.

The winner of each of the three categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on September 22.