Scotland's University's are bursting with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. Behind the doors of academia exists floods of inspirational people, technology, and enterprise. Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) helps Inspire Launch and Grow Enterprises at the University of Edinburgh – LAUNCH.ed is a big part of that. Each year we hold a prestigious competition and showcase event as part of the: Inspire Launch Grow (ILG) Awards. 

The Inspire Launch Grow Awards are designed to reward staff, researchers, students, and graduates of the University of Edinburgh who have started a new business, social enterprise or turned their research into a business opportunity. We want to recognise those who achieved entrepreneurial success whilst pursuing their studies or academic career or developed an inspiring new business post-graduation. This is not a competition for early stage ideas. We are looking for applications from those who have already taken considerable steps towards starting up. Find more information here.

There is a £20,000 prize fund available for a range of business categories. The top award is £5000 cash with smaller sums available for runners up. In addition to the main prizes, all finalists will receive a set of professional photos, a pop-up banner and a professional video.

This year the competition deadline is Sunday 2nd April 2017 at midnight and the Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday 5th June 2017.

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