The University of Strathclyde has secured 10 nominations in a leading company creation competition for students, graduates and staff from Scotland’s universities.
Strathclyde has one sixth of the 60 finalists in Converge Challenge, with innovative entries in fields including health, fitness and sport, industry and agriculture.
Two of the shortlistings are for the overall Converge Challenge award, which is made to projects with a developed idea. Another is in the Social Enterprise category, while the remaining seven are for the KickStart award, which is presented for early-stage ideas.
The successes reflect Strathclyde’s status as an entrepreneurial university, where innovation is an overarching goal.
The KickStart nominations are:
• BGR Training: A fitness progression tracking technology and bodyweight fitness training programme linked to the user's phone
• Clyde Built Putters: An innovative and limited production of bespoke milled golf putters, entirely designed and made in Scotland
• Colour Academy: A publishing business producing adult colouring books as study aids for the UK car theory test
• Scottish Samphire: A sustainable agricultural practice to grow salt-tolerant crops in coastal regions in greenhouse and open field conditions that has proven to produce higher yields and profitability
• Silver Lion Innovations: An innovative digital health solution that allows people with immobility issues self-manage their condition and promote their independence
• SiMologics: A novel technology that enables linkage of gold nanoparticles to antibodies, thus allowing targeted and non-invasive cancer treatment protocols
• Sports Performance Insight (SPI): A data analysis company that allows sporting clubs to access and interpret in-depth data performance insights in a cost-effective manner
The overall Converge Challenge shortlistings are:
• Teqnox Limited: An innovative equestrian body protector that is easily adjustable, flexible and has improved breathability in comparison to competitor products
• SafeSite VR: A virtual reality (VR) service that offers support for customized training into the chemical industry
The Social Enterprise nomination is for Automation for Africa, A stand-alone, versatile, sustainable, low-power cooker, powered-up from a renewable energy power source, a central national grid or a personal energy generator system.
Finalists will take part in entrepreneurial training and elevator pitch sessions, followed by business surgeries. They will submit business plans before top 15s for KickStart and Social Enterprise, and a top 10 for the overall award, are selected. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 September.