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Converge Challenge

Women to the fore in company creation contest

Olga Kozlova

Olga Kozlova: strong cohort


More than 60% of the 23 finalists in this year’s Converge Challenge, the company creation competition, are women, indicating an encouraging development of female tech entrepreneurs.

Dr. Olga Kozlova, director, expressed her gratitude to every Higher Education Institution in Scotland for continuing to encourage participation in the annual event.

She said: “For the university-based entrepreneurs their entrepreneurial journey starts with Converge Challenge – crystallising the business idea and making them part of the highly supportive ecosystem.

“We are delighted with such a strong cohort of projects and look forward to working with them in the months to come.” 

The winners will be announced on 20 September at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh where a total prize pot of £160,000 and in-kind business support await the winners and runners up.

 The full list of finalists is;

Converge Challenge

  • Carbogenics – University of Edinburgh
  • Cytochroma – University of Edinburgh
  • Kenoteq –Heriot Watt University
  • mycoBiologics –University of Aberdeen
  • MycoNourish –James Hutton Institute – Dundee
  • Teqnox –University of Strathclyde
  • Plantinum Informatics –University of Dundee


  • Silver Lion Innovations – University of Strathclyde
  • HiRes Solutions – Heriot-Watt University
  • Vector Photonics – University of Glasgow 
  • ThermoDrone – Heriot-Watt University
  • AquaOmics – University of Highlands & Islands
  • Immernova  – University of Dundee 
  • Crover Ltd –  University of Edinburgh
  • SiMologics – University of Strathclyde   
  • Infinect – Heriot-Watt University
  • Seawater Solutions – University of Strathclyde.

Social Enterprise

  • One Cherry – University of Edinburgh 
  • Lilypads – University of Edinburgh
  • criticalcarerecovery – Edinburgh Napier University
  • Youcan Recycling – Abertay University
  • CogniHealth – University of Edinburgh
  • Health Design Collective – Queen Margaret University



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