Scottish EDGE Round 8 now open

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. Scottish EDGE is made up of four categories:

  • Scottish EDGE, for companies of all sectors and stages;
  • Higgs EDGE, a special technology award aimed at entrepreneurs who have an engineering, science or technology based business and have a product, or product under development, which is scalable and capable of globalisation;
  • Young EDGE, for companies where all directors are under the age of 30; and
  • WildCard EDGE, for companies who are currently pre-trading.

Winners of the Scottish EDGE will benefit from:

  • Funding of up to £100,000 with Scottish EDGE or funding of up to £150,000 with Higgs EDGE
  • 50% of Scottish EDGE and Higgs EDGE funding is a pure prize, we then expect you to ‘pay it back’ by repaying the 50% loan back to EDGE to help your fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success
  • Up to £10,000 grant with Young EDGE
  • Up to £10,000 grant with Wild Card EDGE
  • Mentoring and support from a mature entrepreneur and access to a range of public sector assistance via our partners Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Enrolment into the EDGE Alumni programme where you will become part of the movement to further build entrepreneurial Scotland and gain access to alumni events and showcases including the Scottish Business Award celebration of success.
  • Packages of support from leading business organisations such as Harper Macleod, Johnston Carmichael and James Hallam plus have the chance to learn from and connect with experts from world renowned organisations such as Amazon Web Services at the Scottish EDGE Final
  • Signposting to alternate funding and funders where appropriate

The application form for Scottish EDGE Round 8 is available to download from 1st February 2016 and the closing date for entries is Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 2pm. For further details about the application process please go to the Scottish EDGE website.

Businesses can book a place at one of the Scottish EDGE application support workshops to learn about how to write successful applications: