The finalists for the 2020 Catalyst Award have been revealed and are ready to stake their claim for a share of the final prize fund.

Hosted by Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), the Catalyst Award recognises the very best of early stage ventures that have been developed by students across Scotland and helps accelerate their growth through £16,000 of funding and two years of dedicated support from industry professionals.

More than 70 students entered to win a £4,000 share of the cash prize, with 16 shortlisted to the final round where they have been invited to pitch to a judging panel through a virtual platform on 11 and 12 June 2020.

With four prizes available, students from University of Edinburgh, University of Abertay, University of Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Glasgow and Robert Gordon University will compete to win the coveted award and help fast-track their business towards commercialisation.

Fiona Godsman, CEO of Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: “We are extremely encouraged that the pandemic has not deterred the commitment and enthusiasm of Scotland’s students who are filled with ideas they want to take forward, despite the current challenging circumstances that we all face.

“SIE is rooted in enhancing the skills, capabilities and innovation brought to the table by so many student/graduate entrepreneurs. The Catalyst Award upholds these values, helps accelerate their plans and champions Scotland’s position as a leader in forward-thinking entrepreneurship.”

Shortlisted entries include a range of innovative business ideas including those across the architecture, transport, technology, tourism, beauty, education, and fashion industries.

Bethany Wright
Article by Bethany Wright
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