Two teams of LAUNCH.ed clients have triumphed in the Scottish Institute of Enterprise’s 2017-18 Fresh Ideas competition.
Lorenzo Conti, a PhD student in the School of Engineering’s Institute for Infrastructure and the Environment, was one of the five main competition winners, receiving £1,000 for Crover, a sensor that will move through grain silos to detect early signs of spoilage.
“Lorenzo has done brilliantly by taking his interesting technology and applying it in a way that will have an extremely positive impact on food stocks, potentially globally,” said Ross McLennan, Enterprise Development Executive at Edinburgh Innovations. “This SIE award is deserved recognition of the exciting potential of Crover.”
Ana Betancourt and Gabrielle Haley, both recent graduates of Edinburgh College of Art’s Sound Design MSc, were also winners in the main competition.
Their post-production sound and audio design company, Black Goblin Audio, creates affordable solutions for creators, and has recently produced a unique audio walking tour of the West End of Edinburgh.
Passion and hard work
“Ana and Gabrielle’s passion for and expertise in sound production are clear, and this SIE award is well deserved for the hard work they have put in to building Black Goblin Audio,” said McLennan.
In the Special Awards section, Daniela Schnitzler, a PhD student at the Roslin Institute, and Rachel Bews of the University of Highlands & Islands took the £500 Social Enterprise Award for ALICAS, which supports survivors of domestic abuse. This means four of the 12 winners announced at the Awards Dinner were Edinburgh students or recent graduates.
Seeds for economic growth
Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: “It’s been another excellent year for Fresh Ideas and we’ve seen some fabulous entries, each representing a bright new idea at an early stage of development.
“It’s from these seeds that Scotland’s economy grows and we’re delighted to recognise them tonight and give them the help and support they need to succeed.”
SIE helps young people find, refine and develop ideas and the skills they need to develop them, with many alumni going on to further success in competitions and funding applications. In 2016-17, SIE alumni secured more than £6.5 million of funding and investment.