Converge Challenge 2018

After a two year hiatus, Acumen has been re-appointed to work with Converge Challenge, Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

Converge Challenge represents all of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes, demonstrating a strong collaborative enterprise agenda in Scotland. The programme has trained 210 company founders and 150 early stage and social entrepreneurs.

This year’s winners of the main Converge prize is Carbogenics a company based at the University of Edinburgh which is looking, amongst other things, at ways to recycle disposable paper coffee cups.

Winner of Converge Challenge 2018

Did you know that some 2 billion are thrown away every year and most of them cannot be recycled due to a plastic veneer lining which keeps the hot liquid from leaking from the cup. However, Carbogenics Jan Mumme (l) and Lidia Krzynowek (r) have come up with answer to this recycling nightmare.  Amongst the many articles which appeared on their success in this year’s final, here’s our special favourite from the BBC Website which we organised  following a radio broadcast interview earlier in the day with Lidia and Olga Kozlova from Converge on BBC Good Morning Scotland

Converge also said goodbye to Olga its illustrious founder and the lady who is the embodiment of academic entrepreneurship, as she moves to take up her new role as Head of Industrial Engagement at the University of Strathclyde.