Scottish EDGE Round 9: Young EDGE Winners Announced!

In what has been a hugely competitive round of finals and semi-finals, it was the turn this week of twenty-one young entrepreneurs to pitch to a panel of expert judges in the round nine Young EDGE final. In keeping with our Wild Card EDGE finalists and Scottish EDGE semi-finalists, the standard of pitching was exceptionally high and made the task of selecting the winners especially difficult for our panel.

Nonetheless, it is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the twelve round nine Young EDGE winners, each of whom will receive grant funding of up to £10,000 from the £100,000 allocated prize pot for the category. In addition, the winning businesses will receive a comprehensive non-financial business support package, which is provided by our various partner organisations.

The winners of the Young EDGE competition were informed of their success today, however, the exact amount allocated to each business will not be revealed until the Scottish EDGE Round 9 final, to be held at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn campus on Thursday, Dec 15th, 2016 (free tickets available here).

Now, on to our Young EDGE winners:

Dekko Comics Ltd: Create educational comics which are visually engaging while also being informative.
DirectDevitt Comedy Productions & Management CIC: ‘Comedy and confidence’ workshops, using comedy techniques and resources to support disengaged youths.
Estendio: Present Pal – the first ever presentation support app specific to dyslexic users.
LoCa Beverages Ltd: Minus 33 – a 33% juniper distilled spirit. A gin, in all but alcohol level.
Lonely Mountain Skis Ltd: High performance and environmentally friendly skis to suit all aspects of the Alpine skiing market.
MiAlgae: Utilising nutrient rich wastewater to produce microalgal products for the livestock feed industry.
Phone My Mum Ltd: Treasure – a pirate themed kids bead kit with a safety twist.
Pyramid WiFi Ltd: Tiny wifi box providing a simple, inexpensive and lawful way to unlock your internet.
Ramadan Legacy Ltd: A mobile app focusing on providing a new learning experience for the holy month of Ramadan.
Rory Hutton Ltd: Menswear accessories label specialising in hand-made ties, bow ties and pocket squares.
Staels Design Ltd: WheelAir – the first temperature regulating wheelchair pad alleviating pain points faced by wheelchair users.
The Hebridean Food Company: Create luxury foods using only ingredients from the Hebrides.

Designed to support Scotland’s youngest entrepreneurs, the Young EDGE competition is the result of our recognition that growing a business can be particularly challenging for younger entrepreneurs. Many past Young EDGE winners and finalists have returned in subsequent rounds of the competition to compete in the Scottish EDGE final for grant and loan funding of up to £100,000.