Hashtag for this round: #EDGE12
9.00 am – Doors open
9.30 am – Intro and Welcome
9.45 am – Pitching
11.00 am – Networking
11.30 am – Pitching resumes
12.45 pm – Guest Speaker – Alan Mahon
13.00 pm – Buffet Lunch and Networking
2.00 pm – Pitching resumes
3.15 pm – Networking
3.30 pm – Pitching resumes
5.00 pm – Close
Macroberts Arts Centre
University of Stirling
Scottish EDGE is delighted to announce that tickets for the final of Round 12 of the competition are now available.
An exciting new partnership with Stirling Council, Stirling University and Forth Valley College for Round 12 means that for the first time in Scottish EDGE history, the Final will be held out with its traditional Edinburgh home. Taking place on Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, the Round 12 Final 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 11 successful rounds, Scottish EDGE – which is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Hunter Foundation, and the Scottish Government – has had an unquestionable impact on the Scottish economy.
Our winners have, to date, created an additional 2,660 Scottish jobs, generated an additional £79.78 million in turnover, and received additional investment to the sum of £67.44 million. In the last round of Scottish EDGE, cash prizes of £1.07 million were shared amongst thirty-eight winners across three different categories.
The exciting and fun final comprises a full day’s pitching event offering the chance to watch this year’s Scottish EDGE finalists pitch for up to £150,000 in front of an expert panel of judges. For the six hundred expected attendees throughout the day, the event also offers the opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of Scottish businesses and entrepreneurial support organisations in the Exhibitor Atrium.
Anna Devitt, one of Scotland’s most talented comediennes, is on a mission to instil the country’s most vulnerable young people with the confidence to go on and be successful in life. It’s the creative and developmental parts of her enterprise, Direct Devitt, that really drive her.
The multi award-winning businesswoman says she has learned and honed a plethora of new skills while growing her firm, which uses comedy as a vehicle to improve the confidence of disadvantaged youngsters, giving them an SQA Level 5 qualification in the process.
DirectDevitt CIC have delivered the Course to over 2000 young people. Establishments include The Prince’s Trust, Youth Scotland, Yes Enterprise, HMYOI Polmont, Bute Youth, Glasgow City College, Jobs & Business Glasgow and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
At Scottish EDGE Round 11, Anna fought off strong competition to deliver a Creative EDGE winning pitch, which not only got the judges on side, but also won over the audience with her expert comedic delivery.
Alan Mahon is the Founder of Brewgooder, the craft beer brand on a mission to bring 1,000,000 people clean drinking water. Brewgooder became the first social enterprise brand to gain a national listing with Asda in October 2016, just 3 months after launching their flagship style Clean Water Lager with a successful £60,000 crowdfunding campaign.
As a social entrepreneur he has been involved in the growth of Social Bite in Scotland, the high street sandwich chain which employs, trains and houses homeless and vulnerable people. Alongside his business partner he has welcomed Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to their event, the Scottish Business Awards, raising over £3m.
He is a passionate believer in the power of ‘altruistic consumerism’ where everyday people can change the world for the better through everyday spending habits and is on a personal mission to bring social enterprise brands into the mainstream. Alan’s undeniable entrepreneurial spirit also secured him a Scottish EDGE award for Brewgooder in Round 9.
An evening awards ceremony will follow in Edinburgh on 14th June, during which the winners of Scottish EDGE’s pitching rounds, including the special Higgs EDGE and Creative EDGE award winners, will be announced. There will also be an unveiling of the prizes across the competition’s sub-categories – Young EDGE and Wildcard EDGE.
Book your place now and find out who will successfully pitch their way to essential business support. All for free!