Strathclyde supported businesses receive Scottish EDGE funding

Aerial view of Strathclyde campus with mural

Four businesses with high-growth potential linked to Strathclyde have received a combined £45,000 funding at the latest round of the Scottish EDGE pitch competition.

Claymore Surgical, led by Scott Black, which designs novel medical and surgical devices relating to paediatric airway maintenance, won a Wild Card award of £15,000.

Happy Leaf, led by Amy Roberts and Iain Quinn, which plans to combat the problem of dying houseplants by developing smart sensing solutions for plants, and Venturithm, a web-based simulation platform that supports entrepreneurs, both received Wild Card awards of £10,000.

MARKED: Wayfinding System, which reimagines urban cycling, collaborating directly with the city engineers who design the cycle network, won an award of £10,000 in the Young Edge category.

Flagship Programme

All four companies received support from Strathclyde Inspire, the University’s flagship entrepreneurship programme, which offers entrepreneurial training and opportunities to every student, staff member and alumnus. 

Meryl Levington, Strathclyde’s Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, said:

We are delighted that these four Strathclyde supported companies have been successful in the latest round of Scottish EDGE funding.

“We are proud to support our University community at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey through Strathclyde Inspire.”

Strathclyde was named European Entrepreneurial University of the year at the Triple E awards in Barcelona last June for its sector-leading ‘entrepreneurship for all’ approach and is the leading entrepreneurial campus in Scotland.

High growth

Scottish EDGE is the UK’s biggest funding competition for high growth potential businesses. The winners were announced at a ceremony on November 29 in Glasgow.

Evelyn Mcdonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE, said: “As businesses across Scotland find themselves facing challenging circumstances, there’s never been a more urgent need to drive creativity and innovation. The winners of the 22nd round of Scottish EDGE are testament to the incredible potential within Scotland’s start-up landscape.”