The three start-up businesses taking part in the Wild Card EDGE Public Vote were shortlisted from a pool of twelve Round Ten Wild Card EDGE winners by an expert judging panel, and provide a snapshot of the broad spectrum of businesses who apply for and win the support of Scottish EDGE bi-annually.
Commenting on the public vote’s return, Evelyn McDonald, CEO of the Scottish EDGE, said; “the Wild Card Vote is a real highlight of the judging period for all of the team at Scottish EDGE. We are always delighted and humbled by the overwhelming response from those keen to participate and cast their vote. Likewise, the overwhelming support given to each business from the organisations and institutions which have helped them in the past is testament to the close-knit nature of Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“BUBL Bags, Drink Baotic by Hippo and Hedgehog and Sonik Pocketprovide a snapshot of the broad spectrum of the innovative, high-growth potential businesses who apply for and win the support of Scottish EDGE bi-annually. We’re delighted to offer one of them the chance to pitch for additional funding of up to £100,000, on top of the funding of up to £10,000 which they have already won.”
Finally, to celebrate our welcoming of Virgin Media Business as our key Round 10 exhibitor, we’ll be giving away a £100 Virgin Experience Gift Card to one lucky voter (chosen at random), to be put toward anything from a spa day to a hot air balloon ride!
So, without further ado, here are the three Wild Card EDGE Public Vote pitches!
- BUBL Bag is a protective packaging company. Focusing on inflatable packaging products which provide maximum product protection cost-effectively. As well as selling proprietary products we sell our own unique products, BUBLBags, which provide excellent product protection, and are reusable, recyclable, lighter than standard packaging and have a much lighter environmental footprint.Our business was created to primarily address transit damage. Due to the huge rise in e-commerce more and more products are being shipped through the postal and courier networks. Existing products like padded envelopes, bubble wrap, polystyrene, cardboard boxes all have a number of drawbacks which mean that the products that they are supposed to protect all incur unnecessarily high levels of transit damage.As well as providing the protection required BUBL Bags were designed to improve the environmental impact of packaging in e-commerce networks due to over packaging and poorly specified solutions which are difficult or inconvenient to re-use.
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- Drink Baotic by Hippo & Hedgehog tailors African ingredients to the UK taste bud, promoting the vibrancy of Africa, through healthy, happy and helpful lives. Baotic is a dairy free, high fibre breakfast drink, made from Baobab super-fruits. It is a functional health drink, rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium, with calcium, magnesium and iron.Uniquely it’s high in Soluble AND Insoluble fibre – good for the gut as a PRE-biotic which increasing research shows is more effective than PRO-biotics, because they multiply healthy bacteria already in your system.With pure baobab, orange, banana and strawberry flavours, our drinks are deliciously fruity in taste, with a unique sherbety kick. They remain very low in sugar and are green on the WHOLE traffic light system. With 55% of the UK actively buying FREE-FROM products, and 15% of the UK lactose intolerant, they are vegan-friendly, gluten free, high in fibre, dairy free, soy free, low sugar, low calorie and zero fat.
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- Sonik Pocket is an innovative, multiple revenue generating, online education and shopping platform for children that supports financial learning, in a fun, safe and secure environment.Adults deposit funds and children complete household/educational tasks to ‘unlock’ pocket money with gamification and educational theory teaching money management along the way.We teach our children the real value of money. In a fun and engaging way Sonik Pocket will act like a game where children complete Mini Missions (household/educational tasks) and Mega Missions (larger goals) to ‘unlock’ pocket money to spend or decide to save for periods of time before purchasing more expensive ‘target’ toys that help celebrate saving discipline, hard work and achievement. Children are empowered to learn the valuable financial skills and independence of money management needed in later life.
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The public vote will close at 5pm on Wed, 24th May, 2017. The winner will be announced on Thurs, 25th May, 2017.
You can also get involved in the Wild Card EDGE Public Vote on social media using the hashtag #WCEDGEVote.
Terms and Conditions: In order to verify your vote, we will ask for your name and email address. We will also use your details to add you to the Scottish EDGE newsletter (don’t worry, you can unsubscribe at any time). You are only eligible to vote once, and incentives other than the one offered by Scottish EDGE are NOT permitted to assist in promotional activity – any votes deemed suspicious will be discounted at the Scottish EDGE’s discretion (no double voting please). There is no guarantee that the winner of the public vote will win £100,000 or any additional funding or support following their pitch at the Scottish EDGE Round 10 final. Any disputes regarding the outcome of the public vote or the winner’s final pitch will be decided by the Scottish EDGE Team, Board of Directors or Judging Panels. Scottish EDGE can choose to amend or cancel the Wild Card EDGE public vote at any time without warning. Neither Scottish EDGE nor any of our staff, partner organisations, or other stakeholders will be held responsible for the Wild Card EDGE public vote or any associated processes.
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