SIS Supports the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) supports the next generation of entrepreneurs in partnership with Weber Shandwick, are joining the prestigious listing of companies working with Converge Challenge 2018.
SIS are providing a cash prize of £20,000 as well as tailored business support for the winners of the Converge Challenge Social Enterprise category 2018. The winners will also receive a package of workshops, along with one-to-one support and mentoring; aiming to provide the winners of the 2018 Social Enterprise Award with the right tools and expertise to maximise and sustain their social impact, allowing them to become investment ready and develop their brands.
“At Weber Shandwick, we are passionate about the role social enterprise can play in Scotland’s social and economic development. That’s why we were so keen to extend our relationship with SIS and support this year’s Converge Challenge. Working together, we’ll be hoping to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs from Scotland’s universities and develop those ideas which have the power to change people’s lives for the better.”
Harry Hussain, Managing Director, Client Experience, Weber Shandwick
Converge Challenge is the leading, pan Scotland, company creation programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes with the aim of creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland. Converge brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from academia, research & business and work with ALL industry sectors, products and service-based ideas at any stage of the development.
The Converge Challenge 2018 categories are:
- Converge: established idea
- KickStart: for early stage ideas
- Social Enterprise: positive impact on social and environmental issues
- Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Converge Challenge 2018 is now open for applications until the deadline closing date of Thursday 29 March 2018 at 5.00pm GMT. To enter visit www.convergechallenge.com
Thomas Gillan, Social Investment Scotland (SIS)
“Social Investment Scotland is proud to be joining Converge Challenge as a strategic partner, a programme which shares our passion for investing expertise and support into the projects and ideas which are making a positive impact to society. It comes as no surprise to me that many of the previous programme’s success stories are high impact enterprises which help and improve the quality of people’s lives.”
Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge
“It’s vital that charities and social enterprises take an entrepreneurial approach to their businesses and working with Social Investment Scotland (SIS) in partnership with Weber Shandwick is a reminder that many of the finest projects aim to help people, tackle challenges and enrich and progress society. I am pleased that the shortlisted Social Enterprise participants will benefit from a breadth and wealth of experience and skills as part of our programme in May. I’d urge anyone from our Scottish Universities who have an idea or product, at any stage, to enter this year’s challenge.”