Three make Converge Challenge cut

08 May 2017

Three GCU projects have been accepted into 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 this year’s competition; the Converge Challenge Award (for those with an established idea), KickStart Award (for early stage ideas) and Social Enterprise Award (for ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues). GCU has entrants in two of the three categories.  

Converge Challenge Award entrant 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.

Undergraduate student Callum MacKinnon has devised Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service, which employs the therapeutic use of a trampoline for disabled children and adults to work on physical, social and sensory outcomes.

For the first time this year, a GCU staff member has also entered the awards − Lorna Paul is a Professor in Allied Health Science and is looking at web-based physiotherapy, which falls into the Social Enterprise Award category.

The 2017 Converge Challenge programme has received 211 entries from universities across Scotland.

Converge Challenge will announce the winners at its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, September 28 at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Commenting on the finalists, Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, said: “Every year the Converge Challenge competition gets stronger and this year looks like being the most competitive yet. Participants have put a lot of effort into describing their markets and customer interactions rather than focus on technology development. There is a strong ethical focus in many applications aiming to improve quality of life through innovations targeting nine sectors of the Scottish Economy.”