EDGE15 Final & Awards

Welcome to EDGE 15 Final and Awards


Scottish EDGE, the UK's BIGGEST small business funding competition, is delighted to announce that tickets for the Round 15 Final and Awards are now available!

Taking place on Tuesday 3rd December in Edinburgh, the Round 15 Final and Awards will support Scotland’s most innovative, high-growth potential startup businesses with up to £150,000 in cash and an all-encompassing business support package.

Having completed 14 successful rounds, Scottish EDGE – which is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Hunter Foundation, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise - has had an unquestionable impact on the Scottish economy.

To date, EDGE has awarded over £14 million to over 350 Scottish businesses. In the last round of Scottish EDGE, cash prizes of over £1 million were shared amongst just under forty winners across four different competition categories.

The exciting and fun final will consist of pitching, networking, great exhibitors and an exciting keynote speaker (announced next week). The evening Awards Ceremony, as well as featuuring more exciting speakers, will offer the chance to see which of this Round's finalists will take home a share of the over £1 million prize pot on offer.

Grab a FREE ticket now for what is sure to be an unmissable event!

How to get your Tickets

Tickets to the highlight of the Scottish entrepreneurial event calendar are now available! Use the booking system below to secure your place.

Please Note: A separate Higgs EDGE Final will be held on 28th Nov at RBS Business School, and will feature some of the competition's STEM Focused businesses. Tickets and information for the Higgs EDGE Final can be found at higgsedge15.eventbrite.co.uk.

Meet the Finalists

During an intensive four-day long semi-final, 58 shortlisted entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to a collective panel of 20 judges.

The emerging 27 multisector finalists will now pitch for a share in Scottish EDGE’s total Round 15 prize pot of £1 million to a heavyweight panel of judges over two days. Nine finalists will pitch at the Higgs EDGE Final at the RBS Business School on Thursday 28th November and eighteen finalists will pitch at the Scottish EDGE Final on Tuesday 3rd December.

Meet the EDGE 15 Finalists:

  • Acu-Flow - A novel aerosol formation platform technology that enables efficient delivery of advanced medicines to the lungs
     
  • Cedeco Contractors - Marine and offshore engineering consultancy with innovative ideas, concepts and designs for the offshore renewables and oil and gas sectors
     
  • Decipher Analytics - Developing a fully integrated health research information platform, known as a data commons, providing access to clinical, imaging, and genomics data
     
  • Farm-Hand - Precision irrigation company that builds hardware and software solutions for the small-medium sized farm
     
  • Hatch AI - Creator of the Human+ platform that combines speech technology and natural language processing to transform productivity and client engagement across Legal and Financial services
     
  • Hearing Diagnostics - Developing hearing screening technology to enable early and more accurate detection of hearing loss
     
  • Paragon Inspection Solutions - Developing a unique patented inspection system 'Tru-Fit' enabling fast, accurate inspection of small bore tubing systems used in Oil & Gas industry without any plant shutdown
     
  • The East Africa Sisal Company - Use sisal, a sustainable fibre crop grown by small-scale farmers in East Africa, to create sustainable and novel materials. The main product being natural fibre insulation products
     
  • Voicekey - Replacing the need for frustrating pins and passwords by using Voice Biometrics for Identity and Verification
     
  • Akari Solutions - Created unique innovative IT around the Microsoft Product Stack covering Language translation and virtual assistance
     
  • APPA Scotland - Have developed and validated a wellbeing assessment for young people in schools and deliver it via a groundbreaking app
     
  • Bounce Back Drinks - Scientifically-backed drinks for specific health challenges with the first product being the UK's 1st fully compliant and clinically-tested After-Alcohol Revival Drink
     
  • Bug Bakes - Have created the UK's first product to use insects as a sustainable protein source for dogs
     
  • Chastity - Market leader in super-premium Non-Alcoholic beverages and are the only "Zero-alcohol spirit" to meet the "Halal" standards
     
  • HS Vision t/a HindSight - Invented a new rear-view mirror tool allowing cyclists to be significantly more road aware
     
  • Intebloc - Developing innovative, transformative solutions for more efficient, safer lifting for cranes
     
  • My Language Connection - Help companies with international growth by translating their website and document copy
     
  • NAF! Stuff - Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Care made by expert Nail Technicians
     
  • Pillow Property Partners - Online travel agent that match holiday homeowners with quality guests from around the world
     
  • Product Guru - Web-based product discovery platform that makes it easier for retail buyers to find innovative challenger brands
     
  • Rapscallion Soda - Manufacture fresh fruit, low sugar soft drinks, including Ginga Ninja, Burnt Lemon and Dry Lime
     
  • Republic of Munchery t/a Wilsons Pet Food - Manufactures premium dog food using human-grade ingredients to create premium Raw Frozen and Cold Pressed dog food
     
  • Shock Innovations - Developed ThermaFY software which can analyse, in real-time, thermal images on your phone
     
  • Skillfluence - Work with universities, innovation centres and research centres to design innovative programmes to support the development of scientists, researchers, academics and technical specialists
     
  • Teaching Resources - Dynamic education company that has a vision of bringing STEM education online, by offering online revision courses in STEM subjects
     
  • Teprac Fuels - Recycle 100% carpet waste into a renewable energy source – creating an alternative domestic fuel, the Teprac Briquette
     
  • Vistalworks - Consumer protection software - keeping online shoppers safe from the risks of illegal, dangerous and counterfeit goods
 

Good luck to all of the Round 15 Finalists! To watch them pitch live on stage for the chance to win up £150k in business funding, make sure to book your FREE ticket.

Guest Speakers

As well as the exciting pitching, networking, and exhibitors, the Final will also feature keynotes from high-profile guest speakers which, in the past, have included Gareth Williams of Skyscanner, Oli Norman of itison, Duncan Logan of RocketSpace and BrewDog founder James Watt.

For Round 15, we are delighted to welcome renowned philanthropist and long time Scottish EDGE supporter, Sir Tom Hunter, who will conduct a fire-side chat with a fellow high-profile entrepreneur who is not only a business heavyweight, but a regular on our TV screens, Theo Paphitis.


Theo Paphitis | Entrepreneur and TV Dragon
 

Cypriot born Theo Paphitis has a business empire that spans retail, property and finance. He left school at 16 with no qualifications due to his dyslexia, and started working as a filing clerk/tea boy for Lloyds Insurance. Realising that a dyslexic filing clerk was never going to make it big, he then took a job working for Watches of Switzerland where he discovered his love for retail.

After several years in retail, the opportunity arose for Theo to go back to insurance where he gained invaluable experience in finance and property, but eventually he returned to his passion; the world of retail.

Over the years Theo has revived the fortunes of some well-known high street brands such as Ryman, La Senza and Robert Dyas. In addition, in the Spring of 2011 he launched what has now become the multi-award winning, global lingerie brand Boux Avenue. He also acquired arts supplier London Graphic Centre in 2016, to compliment his Ryman business. In 2017 Theo sold Red Letter Days, that he co-owned with fellow Dragon, Peter Jones.

Another of Theo's passions, sport, led to him having 8 marvellous years as Chairman of Millwall Football Club, achieving promotion to the Championship and FA Cup Final against Manchester United as well as qualifying for Europe. He was also elected an FA Councillor and a Director of the Football League.

Theo is also known for his many appearances on television, including 9 series on the BBC's Dragons' Den, Theo's Adventure Capitalists, Britain's Next Big Thing, Back to the Floor and The One Show, and as a regular media commentator on current affairs news programmes such as Question Time. He returned to BBC’s Dragons’ Den as a dragon in 2019, for four episodes of Series 17.

In 2010 small business champion Theo launched #SBS Small Business Sunday, from his kitchen table on Twitter to help small businesses. This now has over 2,600 #SBS winners in the network, a free annual event and expansive business network. He is passionate about creating and supporting entrepreneurs and encouraging start ups across the UK.

Theo is a long-standing ambassador of the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, encouraging young people to get work ready and understand the world of business before starting work. He was also a Skills Show patron from 2012-2015, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, that helps to shape the futures and careers of a new generation.

Theo is an ambassador for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, a patron for Shooting Star Chase and his own charity, The Theo Paphitis Charitable Trust, also supports many smaller charities across the UK. Theo and his businesses have also raised over £4.7m for Comic Relief and Sport Relief over the years, and Theo was a director of Comic Relief from 2012, until he stepped down in 2018 to take up a new role as Chancellor of Solent University in August 2018.


Sir Tom Hunter | The Hunter Foundation

Sir Tom Hunter is a Scottish businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. With his wife, Marion, he established The Hunter Foundation in 1998 after selling his first business, Sports Division for a cool £290m.

After discussions with Vartan Gregorian, head of the Carnegie Foundation of New York, Tom set a cause and a method which has resulted in the foundation donating millions to supporting educational and entrepreneurial projects in Scotland. In 2005 he received a knighthood for “services to Philanthropy and to Entrepreneurship in Scotland”.

In October 2013, Tom was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Described by some as the “Nobel Prize for philanthropy”, the medal recognises those who use their private wealth for public good and is awarded biannually to global figures leading the way in this field. The Hunter Foundation has been one of the main supporters of Scottish EDGE since the competition was spun out from the public to the private sector in 2014.

Supporting Scotland's Entrepreneurs

We realise that access to industry experts, mentors, business education, connectivity and guidance are crucial requirements for entrepreneurs aiming to successfully negotiate their business growth journey.

With an extensive partnership group already established, we feel both proud and privileged to stand alongside our fellow members of Scotland’s World-leading entrepreneurial support network. We’re delighted to be joined by so many representatives of that network, the exhibitors below will be on hand to offer free advice and guidance at the Scottish EDGE Final.

Check back regularly for additions to the list:

Schedule of Events

Please note that the event schedule is subject to change.

Live Final

8.00 am - Exhibitor access
8.45 am - Doors open
9.15 am - Welcome and pitching
11.00 am - Networking
11.30 am - Pitching resumes
12.30 pm - Theo Paphitis in conversation with Sir Tom Hunter
1.00 pm - Lunch and networking
2.00 pm - Pitching resumes
3.30 pm - Networking
3.45 pm - Pitching resumes
5.00 pm - Closing remarks

Awards

5 pm - Buffet Dinner
6.15 pm - Awards Ceremony (Take seats)
6.30 pm - Sir Tom Hunter (Opening remarks)
6.45 pm - Ivan McKee MSP - Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation
6.50 pm - Awards session one
7.10 pm - Gordon Merrylees - Managing Director, Entrepreneurship, RBS
7.20 pm - Awards session two
7.30 pm - Theo Paphitis in conversation with Evelyn McDonald
8.00 pm - Awards session three
8.30 pm - Closing remarks
8.40 pm - Drinks reception
10.00 pm - Carriages

Venue

RBS Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Road, EDINBURGH EH12 9SB
 

GETTING THERE
Gogarburn, situated six miles to the west of Edinburgh and two miles from Edinburgh International Airport, is well served by buses and lies approximately two miles from South Gyle and Edinburgh Park railway stations.

By Bus
There are frequent services from the airport and the city. We recommend the 35 to get you closest. Please visit www.lothianbuses.com to see timetable information, maps and stops.

By Rail
Edinburgh Park or South Gyle stations are approximately two miles from Gogarburn.

Visitors can use the RBS rail shuttle in the peak periods however as this service is used by all employees and can be very busy we recommend pre-booking a taxi from these stations. Please see below for local taxi numbers. Waverley and Haymarket stations are closest to the City Centre and are best serviced by the number 12 / X12 buses to Gogarburn. To find out about onward travel from these stations, visit http://travelinescotland.com

By Tram
The trams provide an 8min service at peak times between Gogarburn and the City Centre. http://edinburghtrams.com. It is a short (5 – 10 minute) walk from the Gogarburn stop to the RBS Conference Centre.

By Car
Gogarburn is just a few minutes drive from each of the Edinburgh City Bypass, the M8 and the M9 (see location map). On-site parking at Gogarburn is very limited and if parking is required, it must be pre-booked when registering your ticket.

By Cycle and Motorcycle
The traffic free canal cycle path runs from the centre of Edinburgh out past the Gyle and Gogarburn. The path is a 10-minute ride from Gogarburn. Facilities for cyclists and motorcyclists include shower rooms and secure parking. To find out more about cycling visit www.cyclingscotland.com.

Useful Taxi Numbers

  • City Cabs 0131 228 1211
  • ComCab 0131 272 8000
  • Central Taxis 0131 229 2468