Converge Challenge Announce 2018 Finalists

Scotland’s leading Higher Education company creation programme, Converge Challenge, have announced their 2018 finalists who will compete at the awards ceremony in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Thursday, 20th of September.

Murgitroyd is delighted to be involved in the programme once again through sponsorship and in-kind support to the participants.

The competition is not only encouraging entrepreneurship amongst university students and academics, it is also breaking down gender barriers with over 60% of the companies involved in this year’s Converge Challenge being led or founded by women.

Multiple industries are also covered by this year’s finalists including renewable energy, health care and agriculture.

Dr. Olga Kozlova commented on the finalists’ announcement, “Scottish Universities are strongly committed to contributing to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. For the university-based entrepreneurs their entrepreneurial journey starts with Converge Challenge – crystallising the business idea and making them part of the highly supportive ecosystem.”

“We are delighted with such a strong cohort of projects and look forward to working with them in the months to come.”

The winners of Converge Challenge 2018 will be announced during a dinner at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Thursday, 20th of September.

The full list of finalists is;

Converge Challenge

  • Carbogenics – University of Edinburgh
  • Cytochroma – University of Edinburgh
  • Kenoteq – Heriot Watt University
  • mycoBiologics – University of Aberdeen
  • MycoNourish – James Hutton Institute – Dundee
  • Teqnox – University of Strathclyde
  • Platinum Informatics – University of Dundee


  • Silver Lion Innovations Ltd – University of Strathclyde
  • HiRes Solutions – Heriot-Watt University
  • Vector Photonics – University of Glasgow
  • ThermoDrone – Heriot-Watt University
  • AquaOmics – University of Highlands & Islands
  • Immernova – University of Dundee
  • Crover Ltd – University of Edinburgh
  • SiMologics – University of Strathclyde
  • Infinect – Heriot-Watt University
  • Seawater Solutions – University of Strathclyde

Social Enterprise

  • One Cherry – University of Edinburgh
  • Lilypads – University of Edinburgh
  • com – Edinburgh Napier University
  • Youcan Recycling – Abertay University
  • CogniHealth – University of Edinburgh
  • Health Design Collective – Queen Margaret University

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