Four Strathclyde finalists in Converge Challenge

Converge Challenge 2018 finalists, including Strathclyde Engineering alumna Carmen Cummiskey (second right). Photo Converge Challenge.

Four University of Strathclyde projects have reached the finals of the Scotland-wide Converge Challenge company creation programme.

Strathclyde has one nomination in the overall Converge category and three in the KickStart category, which is aimed at supporting early-stage business ideas     

The Converge shortlisting is for Sports Engineering alumna Carmen Cummiskey, for her business, Teqnox which produces body protection for horse-riding.

The KickStart nominations are:

  •            Ruth McLaren, for her mattress accessory company Silver Lion Innovations Ltd
  •            Mohammed Al Qaraghuli, for his biotherapeutics and photothermal company SiMologics
  •            Yanik Nyberg, for his agri-tech venture Seawater Solutions.

Converge Challenge Director Dr. Olga Kozlova said: “Scottish Universities are strongly committed to contributing to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy.

Strong cohort

“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.”  

Teqnox has been designed to be easily adjustable, flexible, and provide an ‘armadillo-like’ shell to protect the rider. It also aids protection of the neck, a feature missing from some past body protector designs for horse riding. 

Silver Lion Innovations Ltd produces a ‘smart’ mattress topper called “EasyOver,’ which has an integrated technology that rotates people with mobility issues over in bed. This facilitates independence and uninterrupted sleep for people using EasyOver and those who care for them.

SiMologics enhances biotherapeutics and photothermal therapies, which can burn cancer cells and treat cancer in a non-invasive way.

Seawater Solutions is a company seeking to revolutionise agriculture by developing environmentally friendly seawater-fed farming practices.

The Converge Challenge 2018 winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday 20 September. A total prize pot of £160,000 and in-kind business support will be awarded to the winners and runners up.