EDGE15 Final & 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!
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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