Four leading student entrepreneurs at the University of Edinburgh will showcase their businesses at the impressive headquarters of Skyscanner, Edinburgh’s most celebrated start-up company, to mark the successful conclusion of their year as Enterprise Interns.
The four entrepreneurs have been hosted at the University through Edinburgh Research and Innovation’s LAUNCH.ed initiative on a three month, full-time funded internship scheme for budding entrepreneurs to develop their business post-graduation. This included a customised business training programme, mentor support, a dedicated business advisor and office space.
According to LAUNCH.ed’s business development manager Paul Devlin: “University of Edinburgh students have an enviable track record of starting businesses, with almost 100 companies formed over the previous three years. However, many of these businesses are launched while juggling studies and even part-time work. We wanted to offer entrepreneurial students the time and training to help them successfully launch their businesses.”
From an original 35 applicants to the programme, the four leading entrepreneurs selected for the internship programme were:
Maria Mullane (Capability Extension) is developing new multi-tools designed to aid task relearning and limb stabilisation for those recovering from strokes and with one hand use.
Anne Rushing (Pop Up! Scotland) runs her creative social enterprise that organises exhibitions to promote the arts in Scotland.
Rachel Barr (Pandeia) has created a media platform for student journalism to reach international and exchange students on 6 campuses across Europe (Edinburgh, London City, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Swansea and Aarhus).
Caius Gurgu (Spacesurfer Ltd) developed an experimental computer game ('Space Surfing'), using 3D scanning technology to demonstrate real-time touch-less tracking and control. The prototype won 2nd place at the Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge.
Commenting on the showcase event, Paul Devlin said: “This event will provide us with a unique platform to engage with corporates whilst giving us an opportunity to showcase the impressive work of our Universities entrepreneurial talent. It will set a scene for how the University is contributing to Scotland’s wider innovation strategy and producing exemplarily entrepreneurial talent.”
The showcase event will also hear from 2013 start-up alumni Orfeas Boteas of Krotos Ltd and Abesh Thakur of Two Big Ears Ltd, who’ve both taken their experiences on last year’s programme to take their businesses to the next level.