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Finlayson takes chair at Converge Challenge

Sandy FinlaysonCompany creation competition, Converge Challenge, has appointed Sandy Finlayson as chairman.

He has more than 25 years’ experience advising young high growth companies and will take over the role next month from Mervyn Jones, who has been in post since 2013.

Mr Finlayson is a co-founder of law firm MBM Commercial, which is dedicated to serving the needs of young technology companies and their investors. He was involved in the formation of Business Forum Scotland and served as its chairman for two years. 

He has also been a director and company secretary of several companies and was involved in numerous initiatives to support the funding of high growth companies. He introduced the founders of Archangels and was instrumental in the formation of Seraphim Capital, the UK’s first Enterprise Capital Fund.

Olga Kozlova, Director at Converge Challenge, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Sandy as chairman. He brings on board a wealth of experience about start-ups and has a real passion for enterprise and entrepreneurship. The team relishes seeing his input into our ambitious plans to continue to grow Converge Challenge.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Finlayson said: “This is a unique programme that makes a significant contribution to Scotland, both as a society and as an economy. 

“I can’t wait to get involved in helping Converge Challenge to provide a platform from which our students, graduates and university staff can build a great future, both for themselves and for Scotland.”                                                               

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