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University of Edinburgh secures a hat-trick of wins at the SIE enterprise summit

  • 22 March 2012

The University of Edinburgh is celebrating its continued success at Scotland’s premier showcase event for student entrepreneurs with no less than three major triumphs.

The University of Edinburgh is celebrating its continued success at Scotland’s premier showcase event for student entrepreneurs with no less than three major triumphs. This underpins the university’s knack for nurturing individuals with a quest for enterprise, business innovation and entrepreneurship.

PhD students Paul Brennan and Roland Partridge have been announced winners of the 2012 Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) New Ventures competition for ‘Outstanding Business Innovation’ by developing medical devices used to rehearse keyhole surgery and other surgical techniques.

Meanwhile, the university can also boast success at this year’s SIE Awards, part of the SIE Student Enterprise Summit with Brian Baillie Company Formation Executive at LAUNCH.ed – (University of Edinburgh's free business support service) - receiving the 2012 SIE Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year for his ‘outstanding contribution to student enterprise’ and Mhairi Naismith (Edinburgh College of Art) picking up the prize for the –‘2012 SIE Intern of the Year’ award.

Paul Brennan and Roland Partridge were presented with their £1000 cash prize and up to £5000 – in-kind support to further develop their business called, EoSurgical which produces accessible and affordable training equipment, designed by surgeons for the global surgical community. 

Mr Partridge, who is a paediatric surgeon at the Royal Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh, has designed two medical devices: an EoSim which enables surgeons to practice essential keyhole techniques; and an EoSo which enables medical professionals, including nurses, vets, dentists, and chiropodists, to master suturing and knot tying skills.

This hat-trick of success for the University of Edinburgh continues a recent tradition of success at the SIE Awards. In the recent past, Edinburgh students have proved extremely competitive, winning top honours in 2008, 2009, and 2010. This year, with 6 of the 36 finalist places, Edinburgh students are strongly placed to do well again.

Previous Edinburgh winners include Flaminia Cavallo, a student from the School of Informatics, and Richard Burton, from the School of Politics and International Relations. Cavallo founded TheoryMine, a website where customers can "discover" and name unique mathematical theorems. Cavallo received £6000 worth of cash and in-kind business support through the competition, and after licensing relevant technology from the School of Informatics, she became the first student to found a spin-out company at the University of Edinburgh.

Burton won with his company HoodEasy, an online shop that sold custom hoodies and other apparel to student clubs and societies. Burton has since sold company, and moved to California to pursue his interests in kite-surfing and entrepreneurship.

The 2012 SIE Awards are an integral part of the SIE’s annual Enterprise Summit, which brings together hundreds of students from Scotland’s 19 universities who are interested in starting their own businesses.

Ian Murphy, Head of Licensing at ERI, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation arm commented; “No other university in Scotland can match Edinburgh’s fantastic run of achievement in recent years at the SIE awards. This success will undoubtedly encourage more enterprise amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at the University and we want to keep the momentum going in the years to come which ably demonstrates University of Edinburgh’s genuine entrepreneurial spirit.”


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