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Edge finalists pitch for share of £1 million prize pot

Tom Hunter at Scottish Edge

Supporter: Sir Tom Hunter (pic: Terry Murden)

Nineteen emerging enterprises will pitch for a share of £1 million in the latest Scottish Edge competition for small businesses.

They are on a shortlist chosen from a record 305 applications, up 24% on the round average.

Female-led businesses including female co-founders represented 57% of applications. 

The shortlisted companies will make their case to a panel of judges who include Willie Watt of Scottish National Investment Bank; Judith Cruickshank of Natwest Bank; Debbie Wake of MyWay Digital Health; Ross Tuffee of Iceberg.tech; and Andy Lothian of Insights Group.

Long term supporter and funder of Scottish EDGE, Sir Tom Hunter will be joined in conversation by a yet to be announced special guest.

The successful companies in the various categories will be announced on 25 May, with prizes ranging from £10,000 up to £150,000 in either a grant only or 50/50 grant/loan split format. 

Full list of Finalists: 

  • Bare Bones Chocolate Ltd – A small-batch chocolate factory from Glasgow, handcrafting single-origin chocolate and hot chocolate
  • Bug Bakes – Bug Bakes dog food is made with insect protein reducing your dog’s carbon pawprint by up to 99%.
  • Cascade Water Products – Developing the first commercial short retention micro-greywater recycling system which is carbon negative and simple to use.  
  • DARe-3D – Aiming to become the UK’s premier drone kit hire provider for other CAA qualified businesses and UAV pilots, with a unique website/hire platform.
  • Dyneval – Technology offering reliable measurements of semen quality using portable equipment, currently focused on supporting reproduction in the livestock industry.  
  • East Coast Cured – Produces a range of continental style dry-cured meats using premium Scottish produce sourced from local farms.
  • Gecko Glazing – A unique secondary glazing system, which cuts window heat loss by half but costs 90% less than double glazing. 
  • Home Help Me Care – Providing a unique care service for elderly people in the comfort of their own homes across Edinburgh.
  • Ice and Fire Distillery – Creates, distills and bottles craft small-batch premium gin and rum, and also venturing into tourism through a visitor centre.
  • Insure Apps Technology Ltd – An Insurtech business providing claims app solutions to insurance brokers, insurers and end-users.
  • LiberEat Ltd – Technology that identifies allergens in groceries, menu options and recipes, and an app that shows users exactly what they can have from an allergen perspective.
  • Ocean Plastic Pots – Sustainable Plant Pots using recycled polypropylene from discarded rope, fishing net and beach plastic. Created by a deep-sea diver and manufactured in Scotland.
  • QuickBlock Ltd – A flat-packed, interlocking building system made from 100% recycled plastic. Its easy to use stacking design means you can build almost anything without specialist skills, materials or tools. 
  • Revive Eco Ltd – A circular startup protecting the environment by making coffee the world’s most sustainable commodity by collecting used coffee grounds and converting them into a range of high-value chemicals.  
  • Saulderson Media – A premium talent management and influencer marketing agency exclusively managing a roster of high profile social influencers (specifically in gaming and esports) who are responsible for millions of monthly impressions.
  • Talent on Leave – Customises and implements parent employee engagement solutions, providing corporate clients with parent network, coaching, policy, training and process support.  
  • Treen – A vegan fashion retailer bringing positive impact brands to the conscious shopper. Focused on making sure that customers don’t have to choose between style and sustainability.
  • Waterwhelm – Has developed a game-changing technology that produces drinking water from almost any source.  
  • Whereverly Ltd – A travel tech company providing a tourism and cultural data management system to destination marketing organisations (DMOs).


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