James Turing has won the inaugural £100,000 Social EDGE Award, one of four EI clients who triumphed in Round 13 of Scottish EDGE, the UK’s largest entrepreneurship funding competition.
Turing, an International Development PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, is founder and CEO of the Turing Trust, a charity that reuses computers to bring digital education opportunities to African schools. The new Social EDGE Award is supported by the Postcode Innovation Trust.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be the first ever Social EDGE winners and can’t wait to get started helping Malawian students learn ICT skills whilst training more Scots in IT refurbishment. This award will fundamentally change the scale at which we can make a global impact from our Edinburgh workshop.”
– James Turing, Founder and CEO, the Turing Trust
Fellow EI client Dr Atif Syed, founder and CEO of Wootzano, was awarded £60,000 in the main Scottish EDGE competition. Wootzano is a flexible electronics company that has developed a skin to enable robots to sense and feel like humans.
In the competition’s Wild Card category for pre-trading businesses, Crover, founded by PhD student Lorenzo Conti, was awarded £10,000. Crover’s robotic probing device promises to cut cereal grain spoilage.
And beauty produces resource the Clean Hub, founded by recent MBA graduate Raquel Wing, also took home £10,000, in the Young EDGE competition for businesses whose directors are aged 18-30.
Round 13 of Scottish EDGE awarded a record £1.8 million to 24 Scottish startups, with an additional £200,000 set aside for two prizes of £100,000 each that will be awarded in March 2019 to existing winners who are seeking funding to scale-up or internationalise quickly.
Thirty-nine finalists pitched their business ideas to an expert panel of judges, chaired by Simon Hannah of Filshill and Kerry Sharp of the Scottish Investment Bank, at the Royal Bank of Scotland Conference Centre over a two-day period. Scottish EDGE runs two competition rounds a year.