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Converge and Cisco in tie-up to hasten start-up flow

Claudia Cavalluzzo: ‘we need a healthy pipeline of start-ups’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Converge, the academic company creation programme, has forged a collaboration with and technology giant Cisco to accelerate the pipeline of technology start-ups emerging from Scotland’s universities.

The partnership aims to build on Scotland’s track record in technology start-ups by encouraging a greater number and diversity of academic entrepreneurs to commercialise their research and ideas.

Claudia Cavalluzzo director of Converge, said: “As highlighted in the recent Mark Logan review, Scotland is on the brink of becoming a major tech-ecosystem with global reach, providing much needed jobs and putting the country firmly back on the road to economic growth.

“For this ambition to be realised, we need a healthy pipeline of technology start-ups coming out of our universities and our new collaboration with Cisco, one of the world’s leading technology companies, will help us to provide an enhanced level of support, unavailable anywhere else in Scotland.”

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Shane Heraty, regional director, Cisco Ireland and Scotland, added: “We are incredibly excited to partner with Converge, to help the next generation of innovators turn their ideas into commercially viable businesses that help Scotland thrive.   

“After over 30 years of connecting the UK, Cisco is in a great place to help accelerate its digital future.

“Nearly every Internet connection in the UK touches Cisco technology and we’re investing in projects across Scotland to support innovation, from transport and healthcare, to cyber-security and digital skills.”



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