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 eleven 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 the panel.
Nonetheless, it is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the twelve round eleven 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 Scottish EDGE’s various partner organisations.
The winners of the Young EDGE competition have been informed of their success, however, the exact amount allocated to each business will not be revealed until the Scottish EDGE Round 11 final, to be held at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn campus on Thursday, Dec 14th, 2017 (free tickets available here).
A full list of Scottish EDGE finalists can be found here, with Intelligent Gels, who impressed the judges with their environmentally sound sealant technologies, and Wild Card EDGE vote winner, Adelie Health, completing the line-up.
Now, on to our Young EDGE winners:
The Herbivore Kitchen – We currently have the following key revenue streams: The Herbivore Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan friendly café; a mail-order brownie service which serves the UK; catering for events and functions; food festivals and markets; “The Herbivore Supper Club”, a five course vegan dinner every month.
Alterwaste Ltd – A specialist in sustainable foodservice disposables and packaging made from industrial waste products. Alterwaste currently focuses on turning waste from industrial egg processors into compostable disposable tableware and packaging called “Colleggtion”, covering material and product development, sales and marketing (exporting and licensing).
BGR Training – A bodyweight and functional fitness training company. Following the introduction of the company’s flagship product, ‘The BGR Suspension Trainer’, BGR Training will extend its brand to offer group fitness training classes and other branded products to deliver a comprehensive solution for the bodyweight fitness training market.
Creatify Digital – Helps businesses reach their customers by creating business and metric driven websites. Using human assisted artificial intelligence, Creatify Digital is able to deliver a traditional agency service while creating smarter websites faster and cheaper than ever before.
GETGUIDED – is b2b online marketplace connecting travel suppliers (Hotels and DMCs) with local experienced tour guides and tour guide companies. GETGUIDED’s aim is to help Hotel Concierge and Travel Agents find the right experience with the right guide for the guests, and help guides to reach the market flexibly and effectively.
Good Nude Food – A Scottish food company dedicated to creating healthy and modern food products. The company’s first product range, ‘SUPERKRAUT’, is comprised of three nutritious, natural and delicious sauerkrauts. In addition to being packed full of naturally occurring probiotics, additional superfoods are added for even greater nutritional benefits.
Hemp Eyewear – designs and manufactures the world’s first plant fibre eyewear. Using a leading edge sustainable technology, used by BMW and Mercedes cars, Hemp Eyewear has pioneered what it claims to be the most innovative frame in the industry. Organic hemp fibre is compressed into a solid material which is stronger and lighter than carbon fibre.
MicroSpray Technologies – Currently pharmaceutical firms use chemical methods to manufacture particles/spheres (for drug delivery), which pose substantial challenges, owing to formulation complexities, costly manufacturing methods and their associated costs. MicroSpray Technologies’ mission is to revolutionise ultra-fine particle manufacturing for pharmaceutical and research industries using an innovative, simple and cost-effective spray technology.
Ngage – Is about creating winning guest experiences by thinking smart, keeping simple and delivering seamlessly. The headline product, Smart Concierge, allows accommodations to offer guests a simple and seamless way to make the most of their stay via their own personal, digital, on-demand concierge service.
Oddity Innovations – A product design company with the aim of bringing innovative and unique products to market. The first innovation from Oddity is “pkt”, the reliable and efficient packaging solution for the parcel networks. It brings peel to reveal technology to the consumer allowing easy packaging of any item.
Teqnox Limited – An innovative startup company that designs body protection for equestrian sport. It was founded by director Carmen Cummiskey after it was identified that current body protection was bulky, restrictive and often difficult to get on.
Triyit – A product discovery club operating within the UK’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG). The platform empowers consumers to try more new products and discover new favourites, whilst providing FMCG brands with an affordable and highly engaging marketing solution.