Nine entries from the University of Aberdeen have been submitted by students and academics to take part in this year's Converge Challenge, Scotland's flagship academic entrepreneurship initiative.
The University of Aberdeen entries are buoyed by the overall national picture which sees submissions up 68% across 17 of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes, rising to 186 against a total of 111 in 2014.
This is an increase of over 65% on 2014 submissions.
The submissions received by the Converge Challenge organisers demonstrates the University of Aberdeen’s flair for proactively supporting and encouraging students and research staff to bring forward a plethora of strong ideas which focus on innovation, creativity and provide value and worth in areas such as healthcare, technology, medical devices, amongst others.
For the participants there is now an anxious wait to see if they made it into the Elevator Pitch stage which will take place on the 2nd June at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh, when they have to deliver a 60 second pitch to a panel of judges, a hundred-strong audience and a ticking clock.
Since its first launch in 2010 Converge Challenge has grown every year attracting more and more of university-based entrepreneurs and enabling them to develop their entrepreneurial skills and explore commercial potential of their inventions.