The Scottish EDGE Round 12 finals saw almost £1 million won by some of the country's brightest entrepreneurial businesses, and once again Harper Macleod was delighted to take part in what is one of the events of the year.
As a long term supporter and partner of Scottish EDGE, our team was once again on hand to celebrate the incredible businesses who made it to the final, as well as the winners of the various special categories which EDGE provides for.
In particular, the firm was on hand to congratulate the winner of the Harper Macleod Young EDGE award, Scott Dickson of Phox Water, who took the £15,000 award for the business which produces a filtration suite designed to offer an alternative to bottled water and thus reduce the potential harm it does to the environment.
Harper Macleod Partner Paula Skinner said: "We have worked with Scottish Edge since day one and have been part of its journey that has seen it award over £10m, support 293 businesses and help to generate 1381 jobs. The latest EDGE finals treated us to a fantastic day of pitching at the MacRoberts Arts Centre in Stirling. The diversity and first-class standard of Scottish businesses was truly showcased with the audience hearing about the innovations happening in areas ranging from drug discovery to sharks!
"We've advised Scottish EDGE as it has grown, in much the same way as we have worked with many EDGE winners on vital aspects of their business. It great to see the public and private sector come together to support entrepreneurialism with holistic backing – not just money - which can make the difference to their prospects.
"It's also great to get behind the Young EDGE award, which plays a vital part in encouraging younger entrepreneurs. It was a great experience to host the judging at our offices and have the HM team involved in the judging process – we always love hearing the different ideas and we look forward to seeing all six award winners, including overall winner Phox Water, go from strength to strength."
Each of the 11 main Scottish EDGE Round 12 winners were awarded a six-figure share of the prize pot and a package of support from EDGE's partner organisations, which of course include Harper Macleod, to grow their businesses. The main EDGE awards are made up of 40% grant and 60% loan, with the loan repayments then helping future entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.
Stem cell research business, Cytochroma, won the Higgs EDGE Science and Technology Special Award, of £150,000. Seven awards were made in the Wild Card EDGE category for businesses yet to commence trading, with Martina Zupan of Alterwaste, a business that turns waste by-products into sustainable materials, taking the top £15,000 prize. And Curious Chip took the Creative EDGE award with its handheld computer device that teaches code to anyone aged 8 and upwards.
Applications for Scottish EDGE Round 13 open in July 2018. You can find out more about this, and a full report on the Round 12 finals and winners here.
Harper Macleod Young EDGE winner Phox Water with Kris Reid of Tens, left – a keynote speaker who focused on the potential of crowdfunding - and Paula Harper of Harper Macleod.