Graduates secure funding at top entrepreneurial awards

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Two graduates of Edinburgh Napier have collected top prizes for their start-up businesses borne out of their time at university.

Martina Zupan and Sydney Chasin made it through to the Young and Wild Card categories respectively as part of the wider Scottish EDGE competition. The contest is aimed at supporting Scotland's entrepreneurial, high-growth talent, and has to date awarded £9m to nearly 300 young businesses.

A graduate of Edinburgh Napier's product design course, Zupan set up her company, Afterwaste, to focus on the creation of useful materials out of waste by-products. She picked up £10,000 in the Young EDGE category, which supports firms whose directors are aged 18-30.

Her line of disposable tableware, Colleggtion, is made from waste eggshells and was developed as part of her final year project. She is now working on her eggshell material to replace plastic in a variety of industries with support from Bright Red Triangle, the university's support organisation for innovation and enterprise.

A graduate in financial services and entrepreneurship, Chasin has developed a product called Lil' Pop, a sorghum-based alternative to popcorn. Her company, The Healthy Crop, currently operates out of the Bright Red Triangle incubator at Merchiston.