April Events and Funding

April 11, 2019

Lots of Events and funding opportunities heading your way this April! 

Converge Challenge: 

Looking to get your business idea off to a flying start? Applications are now open for Converge 2019, the leading company creation competition for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

From spin outs to start-ups, Converge helps the most innovative and creative thinkers from academia to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions by offering no-strings-attached cash prizes, mentoring and a programme of business support that turns fledgling businesses into investor-ready companies.

This year you can choose from three competition categories:

Converge Challenge – for projects demonstrating protectable know how, high commercial potential and scalability
Creative Challenge – for innovative, new businesses operating within Scotland’s creative industries sector
Impact Challenge – for innovative, new businesses with a social or environmental mission at their core

Applications are welcomed from any industry sector and for products or service-based ideas at any stage of development. To find out more including how to apply visit: www.convergechallenge.com

Converge is on social so please connect, share and join in the conversation!

Twitter:@ConvergeC / #ConvergeCFacebook: www.facebook/ConvergeCLinkedIn: Converge ChallengeInstagram: @convergechallenge

Tickets available now for Impact Summit 2019

The FutureX team is bringing Impact Summit back to Glasgow in May 2019 and tickets are on
sale now.

Impact Summit gives a platform to some of the brightest minds of our times. This event welcomes everyone, from entrepreneurs to executives to educators, all connected by a dream of seeing a thriving business landscape that puts people at its very heart.

Go to Impact Summit to hear from the visionaries who are changing the status quo and pioneering the new age of business. The unique space (the transformed SWG3 warehouse in the heart of Glasgow’s west end) will bring delegates out of their day to day and into a space of inspiration and discussion.

This year’s themes are: A Sustainable Future | Tech for Good | People Behind the Purpose

Tickets available here: www.impact-summit.org

Edinburgh plays host to the Business for Good Conference in April 2019.

Run by Give to Profit, the Business for Good Conference is designed to help any business looking to improve its impact on social and environmental issues. There is a growing demand from consumers that businesses become actively involved in solving social or environmental problems.

More and more people are beginning to make ethical choices when purchasing products. Preferring to buy from, work for and invest in businesses that do good. Meaning that now is the time to ensure your social enterprise is having the highest possible social/environmental impact.

The ‘Business For Good’ conference explores the many ways businesses and social enterprises can have a positive impact and how best to do this- including how to partner with charities and social causes.

The online training events will be delivered before the event to help you make the most of our time there together. Find out more and get your ticket HERE.

Event dates: 24th and 25th April 2019

Place: The Sheranton Hotel, Edinburgh

Time: 9am-5pm

For more information and to sign up visit the website.

CAN DO Festival is coming up! 

What is CAN DO Fest?

CAN DO Fest is a vibrant programme of events that take place across Scotland every April and May to celebrate and supercharge entrepreneurship. This festival brings together leading enterprise and skills support organisations with bold citizens, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to help them develop opportunities and ideas into sustained business growth and impact.

Festivals that spark change:

CAN DO Fest and its autumn sister festival VentureFest Scotland represent focal points for collaboration and for showcasing to Scotland and the world what our ecosystem has to offer. Together our ambition is to celebrate and nurture a cycle of innovation and realisation for Scottish-based businesses of all shapes and sizes, while also encouraging the longer-term cultural changes that will help bring the CAN DO vision to life.