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The Scottish EDGE Round Three Winners

Launched in August 2013, this third round of the competition received 314 applications and 30 of these were shortlisted to pitch their ideas in person at the final. Applications for funding were considered by an Investment Panel, who selected the finalists to go on to pitch for the prize money.

The finalist judging panel of Lord Willie Haughey, Chairman of City Refrigeration Holdings, Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Marie Macklin, Chief Executive of the KLIN Group, Hermann Twickler, Managing Director of PressureFab Group and Chris Wilson, Managing Director of retail and private banking, RBS, decided on the winners.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HIE and one of the judging panel, commented: “Once again, the standard of entries for Scottish EDGE was extremely high. It is heartening to know that entrepreneurship in Scotland is not only growing but reaching new heights. The Scottish EDGE is a celebration of innovation and ambition and gives the finalists invaluable experience in order to move their businesses forward.

“Out of 30 businesses, 21 were awarded funding in this round. These winners will now go on to an exciting new chapter which we will continue to support. But this does not take anything away from those who did not win this time. All of the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements and if they take on board many of the things they have learned from this experience I have no doubt that the future of entrepreneurship in Scotland is exciting indeed.”

The winning companies in the third round of the Scottish EDGE awards are:

• From the Highlands and Islands (£204,000 total):

- H&I Adventures (£25,000) - Inverness

- Robert Mackenzie, CCS Estates (£19,000) - Tain

- Isle of Barra Oysters (£40,000) - Barra

- Dhu Ltd (£50,000) - Nairn

- CLDB Ltd (£20,000) - Evanton

- Angelic Gluten Free (£50,000) – Formally Inverness, now Auchterarder

• Rest of Scotland (£486,000 total):

- Mental Ltd (£50,000)

- Kabloom (£16,000)

- Dick Winters (£20,000)

- YogaBellies (£30,000)

- Zapcoder (£20,000)

- Gilda & Pearl (£50,000)

- The Big Cheese Making Kit (£20,000)

- Poolpod (£50,000)

- Jenier World of Teas (£35,000)

- JustBe Botanicals (£15,000)

- ERIBÉ Knitwear (£50,000)

- Supernature (£38,000)

- Alphabet Babies (£20,000)

- Cahoonas (£30,000)

- Cheeky Chompers (£50,000)

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