The Converge Challenge, Scotland’s leading company creation competition and start up development programme for staff, students, and recent graduates of Scottish Universities, announced its winners at its annual awards ceremony last night (22 September 2016) at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.
The first place prize of Converge Challenge 2016 has been jointly awarded to MindMate and MicroSense Technologies Ltd. The first place prize, valued at £71,000, includes £43,000 in cash and £28,000 worth of business support will be split between the joint winners (valued at £35,500 each, £21,500 in cash and £14,000 in business support).
MindMate led by Susanne Mitschke of University of Glasgow is an assistance platform for people with dementia, their caregivers and family members.
MicroSense Technologies is led by Professor Marc Desmulliez of Heriot-Watt University, a service company based on the patented product called FoodSense, a sensor system aimed at reducing waste and improving process monitoring in food processing lines for the Food and Drinks industries.
New for 2016 was a prize for Design and Creativity that was awarded to Dr Alexander Enoch of University of Edinburgh (whose robot Marty has been featured in FutureScot) with Robotical Ltd, a company that creates robots that inspire and engage the next generation of engineers and scientists.
Read FutureScot’s 3-part series about Mindmate:
Read about Robotical Ltd: