Three Edinburgh Innovations clients have been appointed as inaugural Royal Society of Edinburgh Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows.
Colin Campbell, Pooja Jain and Cavid Nadirov were among the first 20 fellows announced by Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn MSP.
The Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows will be funded by the RSE for a year and will receive a package of business development support. They will be hosted by Edinburgh Innovations.
‘Appetite for growth’
Announcing the new fellows at a ceremony at the RSE, Mr Hepburn said: “Applications for Unlocking Ambition opened in March this year and only three months later, with the addition of the RSE Enterprise Fellowship entrants, this first cohort is ready to begin its journey.
“This demonstrates the appetite for growth and the innovation potential of businesses in, or wishing to locate in, Scotland.”
The three RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows to be hosted by Edinburgh Innovations are:
- Colin Campbell, founder of Unlocking Potential, a cloud-based impact evaluation and management tool that measures social capital to demonstrate delivery against stated targets and outcomes.
- Pooja Jain, founder of CogniHealth, which aims to transform the way both family and professional carers look after people with dementia at home. Its first product, CogniCare, is an app for carers, enabling personalised dementia care. Jain studied at Edinburgh for both her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and her MSc in Integrative Neuroscience.
- Cavid Nadirov, founder of GetGuided, an innovative platform helping travel business, such as hotels, travel agencies and event organisers, find and book local, unique tours and experiences provided by verified suppliers, or instantly book local guides for custom tours. Nadirov studied MSc Human Resources Management at the University of Edinburgh in 2014-15.
“Congratulations to our talented entrepreneurs on both the recognition and the opportunities that come with these Fellowships.
“Colin, Pooja and Cavid all have unique propositions and it’s been our privilege to work with them to help them reach this stage. We look forward to continuing to support them on their journey.”
– Dr George Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Edinburgh Innovations
The 20 fellowships for early-stage startups hosted by research institutes are part of the wider Scotland CAN DO Unlocking Ambition Challenge, which also supports 20 longer-established SMEs to scale up their operations, in a parallel scheme run by Scottish Enterprise.
In mid-June, Edinburgh Innovations client Douglas Martin, founder of MiAlgae, joined the first cohort of 20 SMEs in the Unlocking Ambition Challenge.
The £4 million Unlocking Ambition Challenge fund, created by the Scottish Government, will support entrepreneurs chosen for their individual potential, the quality of their ideas and the contribution they can make to the Scottish economy and wider society.