Aiming to continue the trend of high-quality pitching seen in Scottish EDGE Round Ten’s Wild Card EDGE Finals and Scottish EDGE Semi-finals, it was the turn of twenty-one young entrepreneurs to impress a panel of expert judges in the Round Ten Young EDGE Final – and they did not disappoint. The panel, consisting of Glenn Exton (Scottish Enterprise), Martin McFadyen (Virgin Media Business), Ross Marshgall (KPMG), Nicola Dames (Vanilla Blush) and Amanda Taylor (Taylor Nisbit), had the exciting but difficult task of awarding the £100,000 allocated prize pot for the category across twelve of the finalists.
After much deliberation, the judging panel reached its decision and it is with great pleasure that we are today able to announce the Round Ten Young EDGE winners, each of whom will receive grant funding of up to £10,000. In addition, the winning businesses will receive a comprehensive non-financial business support package, which is provided by Scottish EDGE’s various partner organisations.
The winners of the Young EDGE competition have been informed of their success, however, the exact amount allocated to each business will not be revealed until the Scottish EDGE Round 10 final, to be held at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn campus on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 (free tickets available here).
Now, let’s meet the Young EDGE winners:
Araminta Campbell (ACL) is a creative textiles company focused on quality Scottish production. Uniquely using British alpaca in hand-woven wearable art pieces and the newly launched MINTA interior range. ACL also offers a bespoke tweed design service. The international market is targeted whilst promoting the story of the Scottish product.
AS D-Zine Ltd is an award-winning product design company based in Scotland. We have various innovative products in the pipeline, however, we are currently focusing on the development of our Patent Pending hydration product Go~Iso.
Badvo is a micro gin distillery on my family farm outside Pitlochry in Perthshire. I’ve designed the gin myself and I forage 100% of the botanicals, including Scottish juniper from the farm.
BLACKBX transforms a business’ existing free WiFi into a powerful analytics tool to give retailers a better understanding of their business and provide faster, actionable insights that can keep shoppers around. BLACKBX allows the customer to enjoy faster connectivity in all BLACKBX venues, with a once in a lifetime login.
Detailing Factory Ltd t/a Wowos was setup by Fraser Gordon in August 2015 with the goal of manufacturing industrial chemicals, specifically advanced nanotechnology coatings and formulas to be used in automotive sector. In June 2016, the brand Wowo’s was launched, quickly gaining high acclimations from the industry leaders.
Pixey is the online marketplace for finding, and licensing, real-time Instagram photos and videos. We help brands, advertising agencies and media professionals find real, authentic imagery and video from the entire Instagram network. We aim to reduce infringement of copyrighted content by offering media at an affordable price.
Orbit Enterprise Education are a Social Enterprise on a mission to inspire the next generation to think bigger. We provide enterprise programmes to schools around the UK, for 16-18 year olds. Local authorities aim to boost the next generation’s skillsets and we provide the ‘most comprehensive’ platform for them to do so. We generate revenues through charging schools £400 for access to the programme.
Revive offers a unique waste recycling service and a range of environmentally friendly products, derived from used coffee grounds. Its waste collection service will provide environmental and commercial benefits for every partner. At an industrial scale, we will recycle the grounds to create bio-fertiliser and biomass pellets for heating buildings.
Sew Confident primarily delivers sewing classes to the busy modern women. Our three core values are: Learn, destress, be social and we incorporate these into everything we do. We create the perfect balance between an educational experience and social one, delivering all classes in a laid back, relaxing, positive environment.
lil’POP The Healthy Crop is a healthy snack food company specialising in air-popped sorghum, which is a nutrient rich, gluten free, ancient grain that pops like popcorn, but is smaller, better for the environment, and better for you. lil’POP is the first ever packaged popped sorghum product in all of Europe.
White rabbit Skincare is a luxury skincare brand; created to address the need for high performance, but naturally based facial skincare products. Our award winning, fourteen-product range also stands out as 100% vegan, carefully handmade in Scotland, and cruelty free certified by PETA.
Your Book List is a money saving app, which directly connects students to enable the best deals on buying and selling their textbooks. The unique service has been adopted in eight Scottish universities since September 2015 and is rapidly becoming an essential, user friendly student aid.
Designed to support Scotland’s youngest entrepreneurs, the Young EDGE competition is the result of our recognition that growing a business can be particularly challenging for younger entrepreneurs. Many past Young EDGE winners and finalists have returned in subsequent rounds of the competition to compete in the Scottish EDGE final for grant and loan funding of up to £100,000.