School of Informatics

Postgrad Student Alexander Enoch Runner Up in Converge Challenge Competition

Congratulations to IPAB PhD student Alexander Enoch for coming runner up in the Converge KickStart Challenge Competition for his work on Red Robotics.

Alexander Enoch with Robot

The Converge KickStart Challenge is Scotland’s principal competition for university spin-outs and start-ups and attracts a growing number of applicants year-on-year. As well as the largest cash prize of its type available, it gives students and members of staff of any Scottish university and research institute access to training and support to develop their entrepreneurial skills and explore commercial potential of their inventions. This year's entries cover a wide range of innovative businesses, from consumer products and novel drugs, to renewable energy devices, web applications and service based businesses.

"Converge Challenge remains a great motivator to help encourage more academic staff and students to exploit the commercial potential of their inventions and continue our remarkable quest for technological innovation.

Dr. Olga KozlovaDirector of Converge Challenge

2015 Converge Kickstart Runner  As runner up, Alexander, known as Sandy, has won £1,500 for his work on Red Robotics which produces ultra-low cost walking robots for education and hobbyists. This follows on from a recent prize won by Sandy at the Innovation Cup at the recent Launch Grow Awards. 

For the University of Edinburgh to be so well represented in the short lists is an achievement in itself. It reflects the quality of support, coaching, mentoring and training provided by Edinburgh Research and Innovation and its partners, including Scottish Enterprise and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. It’s that support that elevates the great research and ideas being generated in the University of Edinburgh and creates exciting business propositions so evident at Converge Challenge.Moreover, The University of Edinburgh is now regarded as one of the most successful centres of technology company formation in the UK. It’s seen by many as the leading exponent of staff and student enterprise anywhere.""There is growing pressure on Edinburgh Research and Innovation and on other centres of excellence in the University of Edinburgh – BioQuarter, Informatics Ventures and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in particular. But the commitment to continue and in fact improve on that success is clear– from the very top. We aim to build on this success, setting new standards and delivering real impact in Scotland in the near future.

Grant WheelerHead of Company Formation at ERI