Entrepreneuring Awards

Chiclets get their rewards at showcase event

ESpark winnersEntrepreneurial Spark – together with partners Royal Bank of Scotland and KPMG – has handed out £90,000 to some of the most promising start-ups across its UK hatcheries, following two showcase events last night that saw firms pitching to a panel of distinguished judges.

The Entrepreneuring Awards saw a crop of fledgling businesses pick up the prizes following the six-month accelerator programme and after pitching their business ideas.

The winning businesses in Scotland were:

Hatchery #GoDo – £4,000 each

Ayrshire -White Rabbit Skincare

Edinburgh – Coach Logic

Glasgow – Get Me Active

Nest #GoDo – £4,000 each

Ayrshire – Romper Royale

Edinburgh – UK Gift Box

Glasgow – Connect in

Chiclet Choice Award – £2,000 each

Ayrshire – I Do Licious

Edinburgh – UK Gift Box

Glasgow – Cosneta

Acceler-8 Award – £6,000 each

Ayrshire – Bitzbags

Edinburgh – Findra

Glasgow – Blind spot gear

Pitching Competition – £2,000 each

Nutrifiz, Bitzbags and Fairsquared

Entrepreneur of the Moment – £10,000

Bonny Vita

The awards evening also featured guest speakers including Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite and The Scottish Business Awards, and Gary Maitles, Entrepreneurial Spark alumni and founder of The Service Directory in Scotland.

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “It’s incredibly important that we support entrepreneurs, as they are the wealth creators and the lifeblood of the UK economy. The standard of today’s pitches demonstrated Scotland’s enormous entrepreneurial talent.

“The Entrepreneuring Awards are a tremendous and fitting celebration of the work of Entrepreneurial Spark, the superb collaboration across the local ecosystems and the hard-working entrepreneurs within its accelerators as they achieve their growth potential and ambitions as the programme expands across the UK.”

Gary Deans, partner, KPMG Enterprise, which also supports Entrepreneurial Spark and its Chiclets, said: “It’s essential to provide ambitious start-ups with the finance they need to grow, but also to make sure that they have a clear vision for their business and a plan in place to use those funds to grow sustainably.

“The pitching element of the Entrepreneuring Awards ensures that the winners are invariably well prepared for the challenges ahead.”

Jim Duffy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “This has been a wonderful celebration of the spirit of entrepreneuring, which is a phrase we coined to denote the Go-Do attitude and desire to bring about positive change for themselves and others that characterises the brilliant businesspeople that we support.

“My congratulations to all the winners across our Hatcheries across the UK – I’m sure this will spur them on to even greater things.”

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