Converge Challenge 2023


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Whatever you call yourself, you have come to the right place

Applications for the 2023 Converge Challenge are now open, with a £320,000 prize pot up for grabs for students, graduates and staff! There are four challenges available meaning you can apply for the one which best fits your business idea.

Over a six-month period, through tailored training, investor connections, networking opportunities and 1-2-1 support, the challenge will help you test, validate, and launch your big business idea.

Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the university sector, act as a springboard to success by providing academic innovators with the skills, guidance, funding, and network they need to turn their big ideas into commercial reality.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 29 March 2023.

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The competition is open to students and staff across our partnership. Recent graduates (within 36 months of graduation) are also eligible.

The competition is free to enter. All you are required to do is commit to taking part in the Converge training and events. You will also need to prepare and make sure you stick to the programme deadlines.

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The four challenges

The four challenges

  1. Converge Challenge: for novel business ideas with solid IP foundations, high commercial potential, and evident scalability.
  2. Net Zero Challenge: for climate-conscious entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions for carbon reduction.
  3. Create Change Challenge: for creative, social and cultural projects looking to become sustainable businesses.
  4. KickStart: for early stage, aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas they’d like to test, validate and prepare for launch.
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How to apply

How to apply

You can read more about the various challenges, decide which one’s for you, and apply online via the Converge website.

Converge are also hosting regular workshops on key aspects of business creation, or you can reach out to them for tailored advice.