In addition to financial awards, all Scottish EDGE winners and finalists will be enrolled into the EDGE Alumni programme, where they get access to events, peer to peer learning and training to enhance their skills and grow their network.

Packages of support vary in each round. What remains consistent, however, is that every winner and finalist has access to free, or generously discounted, support from our leading partner organisations.

Each package is exclusively tailored to suit the needs of start-up businesses in Scotland, and combined offer all-encompassing support across key industries, such as; accounting, insurance, legal and creative. The organisations we currently partner with are; Harper Macleod, Johnston Carmichael, Marks & Clerk, ESS Recruit, James Hallam, Fearsome, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Adopt an Intern and Doctor LinkedIn.

We are enormously grateful to the following businesses for supporting Scotland’s future entrepreneurs through their EDGE partnership:

A different kind of law firm

Harper Macleod is one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso. We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses, organisations and individuals throughout Scotland and beyond.

We believe it’s all about you, not us. We put your needs at the heart of everything we do. Your success determines our success and because no two clients are the same to us, we’ll work harder than anyone else to understand your needs and objectives.

You need problem solvers and advisers, not just lawyers. Our inquisitive nature means you can be sure we’ll get under the skin of your business or personal related matter and provide you with an effective solution.

It’s this drive that sets us apart and delivers a better outcome for you.

As Legal Advisers to Scottish EDGE, we are delighted to play a key role in the competition.

Advising entrepreneurs and businesses

At Harper Macleod, we have vast experience of working with many of the country’s most exciting entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups, and bring a wealth of knowledge to be able to support and advise those businesses taking part in Scottish EDGE and others like them.

We have a specialist team of lawyers dedicated to advising entrepreneurs and businesses at every stage of their life-cycle – from inception right through to realising your ambition, be that exit or global domination. It’s what we do.

Investments – we advised clients on investments totalling almost £300 million over the past two years alone.

Exits – we have advised clients on more than 160 exits over the past two years.

lntroductions – our contacts allow us to open doors and facilitate invaluable introductions.

We also have the benefit of being part of one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, tapping into all the specialist knowledge you’ll need in your sector.



A steady hand for your fast-moving business

Johnston Carmichael is Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers. Operating throughout Scotland, the firm is also a member of the global accounting network PKF International Ltd.

With strong expertise in 14 key industry sectors, Johnston Carmichael has over 600 staff and partners making it one the top 20 accountancy firms in the UK. It is also an award-winning firm which has picked up some of the highest industry accolades, including Accountancy Firm of the Year at both the Scottish and British Accountancy Awards.

Committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and engagement in charity fundraising, Johnston Carmichael is recognised as an employer of choice and named by The Sunday Times as one of the Best 100 Companies to Work For in the UK.

Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is world class and Johnston Carmichael is proud to be the go-to firm for our innovators, movers and shakers. We provide expert advice to businesses at all stages of their growth journey; helping them efficiently raise finance and make smart business decisions.

We offer a free support package to all EDGE finalists & winners.




Engineering growth with intellectual property

Marks & Clerk is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in intellectual property. A global network with over 800 people worldwide, it advises clients in a full range of sectors in all aspects of intellectual property – patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic advice, commercial advice, licensing, enforcement, due diligence, litigation, IP valuation and design consultancy.

Marks & Clerk has an expanding network of offices in the UK (eight locations), France (two locations), Luxembourg, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and long-established relationships with other leading IP professionals around the world.

With advice on patents, trade marks, designs, domain names and more, we can help capture, protect and exploit your intellectual property. With eight offices in the UK, including three in Scotland,

  • Marks & Clerk Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys has over 240 IP practitioners worldwide and provides an internationally renowned prosecution and strategy service
  • Marks & Clerk Solicitors is one of the largest IP law firms in the UK and represents clients in dispute resolution, litigation and commercial matters
  • Marks & Clerk Consulting offers IP valuation and design consultancy services, which are complementary to Marks & Clerk’s mainstream legal and IP advisory offering

Delivering simple and ethical recruitment solutions in the Technology and Engineering space

ESS has more than 50 years’ collective expertise in bespoke professional services recruitment.

As a multi-sector recruitment specialist, ESS delivers bespoke business solutions to our clients through our different industry-leading Technological and Engineering divisions. We work with clients all over the world to develop business growth and talent management solutions to give them the competitive EDGE in today’s fast-moving, candidate-led market.

ESS is the parent company of a number of niche consultancy divisions delivering a fresh, new and disruptive approach to recruitment within the High Tech, Life Sciences, Engineering, Start Up and SME, Energy and Water, Food and Drink and Executive sectors.

We’re passionate about offering the very best in recruitment services for all our clients, whether they’re employers or prospective employees.

We put people at the heart of everything we do. For ambitious recruiters, we act as an incubator enabling you to spin out and scale your recruitment business with our help and support.

Building the right team is essential for any start-up’s success and hiring can be a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be.

Our ethos of Simple and Ethical Recruitment Solutions is at the very heart of everything we do. As supporting partners of Scottish EDGE, ESS is passionate about helping its Winners, Finalists and members of the wider Start-up and SME community attract the best people to contribute to their growth.

Whatever your recruitment need, get in touch to see how we can help.



We are Futuremaking

Fearsome is the leading Product Design, Engineering and Innovation consultancy. We offer an end to end solution for companies looking to get new products to market quickly, efficiently, effectively and successfully, minimising risk and optimising their commercial returns.

How often do you ask yourself…What’s Next?

Is it the development/refreshment of one of your existing products?

Is it finding a completely new game changer for your market?

Do you have an idea you need to get to the market quickly?

Have you got the skills, resource and time to understand quickly – do the right research, ask the right questions, do the critical thinking – create fast, test quickly and prioritise, plan and deliver your next big thing?

Are you employing the right tools and methods to assess, monitor and report on the adoption your new product in the market amongst your users?

We do.

We are Futuremaking.



Our vision is for Scotland to become the most entrepreneurial society in the world!

Entrepreneurial Scotland is a member network and leadership development organisation providing opportunities for like-minded ambitious individuals to share experiences and develop their leadership skills.  We aim to inspire, develop and connect Scotland’s current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

Entrepreneurial Scotland, formed through the coming together of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and the Saltire Foundation, combines a substantial group of talent with plentiful opportunities, where the organisation aims to inspire and develop Scotland’s people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

With a fast-growing network reaching across Scotland and internationally, Entrepreneurial Scotland is inspiring, developing and connecting a diverse, talented and ambitious group of people who have the potential to change our economy and society.

Our Vision:

Entrepreneurial Scotland is at the forefront of a movement to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world. We’re independently funded allowing us the freedom to collaborate with world-class partners in Scotland and internationally who share our vision.

Our Mission:

Entrepreneurial Scotland is a network of current and future entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, who are ambitious, globally minded and have the potential to be next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who will contribute to Scotland’s success.




Recruitment doesn’t have to be a dirty word. We do things differently because we believe you want something different.

After all, finding your dream job, or your perfect candidate shouldn’t be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

At Adopt an Intern, our work is based on relationships, collaboration and an equality of opportunity. From ad hoc, short-term projects and covering maternity leave to permanent positions and graduate programmes, we’ve worked with everyone from government to glass-blowers, and we know the right hire at the right time is what makes a team thrive.

Large corporates love our diverse reach and transparent process. SMEs and startups love our efficiency and depth of promotion.

As a not-for-profit company with social mobility and inclusion at our core, our 2018 projects include boosting employability for minority ethnic women returners, breaking down barriers for disabled graduates, and our revamped mentoring service for jobseekers across the UK.

We’re a young company with a lot of stories behind us. Stories of businesses we’ve helped find their feet with the right hire at the right time. Stories of people who’ve found their purpose thanks to us opening the door. And we’re just getting started.

Let’s talk about your story.



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