(L-R) Rogelio Arellano, co-founder and CTO of MindMate and Professor Marc Desmulliez, co-founder of MicroSense Technologies Ltd
(L-R) Rogelio Arellano, co-founder and CTO of MindMate and Professor Marc Desmulliez, co-founder of MicroSense Technologies Ltd

Converge Challenge winners announced

Rogelio Arellano, co-founder and CTO of MindMate and Professor Marc Desmulliez, co-founder of MicroSense Technologies Ltd have been presented with their prizes as joint winners of Converge Challenge 2016.

The joint winners each received a cash prize of £30,000 and combined business support valued at nearly £35,000. Business support will include advice and support from RBS, Badenoch & Clark, Mazars, Murgitroyd, Morton Ward, and Morton Fraser. Also, for the first time, MicroSense will automatically be placed in the Scottish EDGE semifinals in early 2017 and both MicroSense and MindMate will pitch on stage in May 2017 to key investors and stakeholders at EIE17, Scotland’s premiere technology investor showcase.

MindMate, led by Susanne Mitschke of the University of Glasgow, is an assistance platform for people with dementia, their caregivers and family members. MicroSense Technologies Ltd is led by Professor Marc Desmulliez of Heriot-Watt University. It provides a sensor system aimed at reducing waste and improving process monitoring in food processing lines for the Food and Drinks industries. Converge Challenge is Scotland’s leading company creation competition and start up development programme for staff, students, and recent graduates of Scottish Universities.

Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, said:

“It is a privilege to present these two fantastic companies with their prizes today. This is the first time we have had a joint first place and it is testament to the quality of this year’s finalists. I would like to thank our sponsors for accommodating this decision with many of them agreeing to increase the value of their business support prize. The Converge team have enjoyed working with both MindMate and MicroSense over the last 12 months and we look forward to watching their organisations grow and scale.”

The full list of winners and runners up is below –

Award Category

Name

Company

University

Prize

Converge Challenge

JOINT Winner

Susanne Mitschke

MindMate

University of Glasgow

 

£49,500

(£30,00 in cash and £19,000 in business support)

Converge Challenge

JOINT Winner

Professor Marc Desmulliez

MicroSense Technologies Ltd

Heriot-Watt University

 

£49,500

(£30,00 in cash and £19,000 in business support)

Converge Challenge 2ndplace

Chris Hughes

Estendio

University of Strathclyde

£32,000 (£15,000 in cash and £17,000 in business support)

Converge Challenge Design & Creativity Award

Dr Alexander Enoch

Robotical Ltd

University of Edinburgh

£26,500 (£10,000 in cash and £16,000 in business support)

KickStart Winner

Dr David Harris-Birtill

Beyond Medics Ltd: Automated Remote Pulse Oximetry

University of St Andrews

£3,000

KickStart Runner up

Yuri Belotti

Automated Time-Resolved Cell Stretcher

University of Dundee

£2,000

KickStart Digital Entrepreneur Award

Richard McAdam

Regenerative Shock Absorber

Edinburgh Napier University

Ipad Air

Social Enterprise Winner

Erika Grant

Project TurnKey

University of Aberdeen

£5,000

Social Enterprise Runner up

Dr Christopher Murray

The Comics Studio

University of Dundee

£3,000

Entrepreneurial Spirit Winner

Anna Renouf

Orrin Equestrian Ltd

University of the Highlands & Islands

£1,000