Scottish EDGE returned this week with another incredible final, spread across two days in two cities – Glasgow and Edinburgh - and, as always, with a fantastic array of businesses looking to secure that eagerly sought-after prize funding.
Not only is Scottish EDGE the epitome of Scottish entrepreneurialism, but it's now recognised as one of the biggest funding competitions in the UK. EDGE winners have, to date, created an additional 1858 Scottish jobs, generated an additional £151million in turnover and received additional investment to the sum of £124m.
Harper Macleod is delighted to be a Gold Partner of Scottish EDGE, having supported the competition since it launched in 2012 and, while it may sound like a cliché, every year the standard of entries and pitching at the finals gets better and better.
The EDGE 14 final was another demonstration of Scottish excellence with 289 applicants in total, 130 people involved in judging the competition through each of its stages (including our own Jo Nisbet, Louise Torr and Donald Munro) and over £1 million in prize funds to be allocated to the winning businesses.
And of course, we're delighted to offer an exclusive package of legal support to every business that participates in the competition, and to all of its alumni, as well as having signed our own EDGE Pledge to pay something back to the entrepreneurial community.
Finalists can view details of our package here or by clicking on the image on the right.
More than 30 businesses made the cut for the finals and the diversity across finalists has never been more impressive. We saw a real desire by each business to bring about an impactful change in our society today through innovation.
Finalists ranged from the first UK-based convenience food catering to a wide number of dietary requirements (including vegan, gluten-free and IBS friendly diets) to 100% sustainable wood handbags sold in upmarket department stores across the globe (and worn by the likes of Rihanna).
There was a lingerie brand providing feel-good post-operative underwear for breast cancer sufferers and survivors, and a business using an innovative concept to turn egg-shell waste into an on-trend plastic alternative, helping to reduce the amount of plastic dumped into our oceans each year.
EDGE 14 had it all and served as a real reminder of why a competition like Scottish Edge is so important for not only Scotland's entrepreneurial ecosystem, but as a driving force for change across the world.
The winners … and Round 15
With the winners being announced at the Scottish EDGE final dinner on 13 June, we are looking forward to hearing who wins and having a great night with 3000 people in attendance to celebrate.
After that, it's only a matter of time before we start getting excited for the next round of pioneering businesses we'll be hearing from at Edge 15!