Scotedge - Encouraging Dynamic Growth Entrepreneurs

What is Scotedge?

Scotedge is a Dragon's Den style pitching competition for ambitious entrepreneurs who wish to grow their business.

Round 9 of the competition is open to limited companies, social enterprises and charities in Scotland who have been trading for up to 5 years who wish to apply for up to £100,00 (max.£50,000 grant, max. £50,000 loan) to accelerate growth of their business. Full details, eligibility criteria, FAQs, case studies of previous winners is available at www.scotedge.com.


Round 9 will be open to the following categories:

  • Scottish EDGE – companies can apply for and win awards up to a maximum of £100,000.  All Scottish EDGE awards are offered on a 50:50 grant/loan split.  Businesses cannot apply for a Scottish EDGE grant only.
  • Higgs EDGE – companies who meet the Higgs EDGE criteria, can win one of two awards available in this category – £150,000 or £100,000.  These awards are offered on a 50:50 grant/loan split.
  • Young EDGE – companies who meet Young EDGE criteria, can win awards up to £10,000.  These awards are in the form of a grant.
  • Wild Card EDGE – companies who meet Wild Card EDGE criteria, can win awards up to £10,000.  These awards are in the form of a grant.


Round 9 Timetable: 

  • Round 9 applications open - 3 August 2016
  • Scottish EDGE information event (HIE, An Lòchran, Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA and via Livestream - 10.30am-12.00pm, Tuesday 09 August 2016 (registration details available w/c 25 July 2016)
  • Round 9 Application Deadline - 2.00pm 7 September 2016
  • First stage assessments undertaken - 20 September 2016
  • Wildcard EDGE final - 27 October 2016
  • Round 9 semi-final days - 1, 2 and 3 November 2016
  • Young EDGE final - 10 November 2016
  • Higgs EDGE final – 16 November 2016
  • Scottish EDGE final - 15 December 2016


How can HIE help?

Specific, tailored support for applicants from the Highlands and Islands area is available from HIE. Download the flyer for further details. With support delivered by Atlantic Consultants Ltd, businesses can benefit from:

• pre-appraisals of any written applications
• advice on production of the video pitch submission
• semi final training in pitch delivery and development of presentation and communication skills (in Inverness)
• expert one-to-one coaching and support for the finals

If you are based in the Highlands and Islands and interested in accessing the support available for Scottish EDGE preparation and application, please contact Ewen Macaulay at HIE.


Scotedge Round 8 Winners

  • Chris Hyde from OTAQ, who produce an acoustic ‘seal fence’ won £100,000
  • Andrew Slorance from Phoenix Instinct, who produce travel products for wheelchair users, won £50,000
  • Alasdair Mort from MIME, who are developing software for medical emergencies, won £10,000


All three received the support HIE offers to Highlands and Islands companies who apply for EDGE funding.


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