Law firm Harper Macleod has extended its support for Scottish EDGE – a business competition aimed at helping promising Scottish start-ups to accelerate their growth – for another year.
A supporter since Scottish EDGE launched in 2012, it will also become a Gold Partner EDGE in 2019 and sign the EDGE Pledge – a commitment to pay something back to the entrepreneurial community.
This will see Harper Macleod donate a minimum of 5 per cent of the fees it receives from helping EDGE companies with future legal issues back to EDGE to fund other start-ups.
Paula Skinner, Partner at Harper Macleod, said: “We are very proud to be part of the Scottish EDGE success story and it is great to be able to take this even further by making our own EDGE Pledge.
“The EDGE Pledge is a fantastic initiative which allows winners, past and future to contribute to Scottish EDGE.”
The new comes after Scottish EDGE announced another £1 million in funding for the current round, seeing it double its winner and finalist count and extend the next Live Final to two days – this Wednesday and Thursday.
Evelyn McDonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE, said: “Harper Macleod has been supporting Scottish EDGE from the beginning of our journey to where we are today. We’re delighted to have them on board as we move into what we are sure will be another exciting and successful year for Scottish EDGE.”
In June this year the £150,000 Higgs EDGE Special Award – for innovation in science and technology – was won by scientist Dr Kate Cameron, who set up Cytochorma to address increasingly expensive yet less effective practices of drug discovery. Cytochroma combines state-of-the-art automated technology to generate stem cell derived liver cells that model human physiology and accurately identify liver based toxicity.
Curious Chip founder Sukhvir Dhillon, the creator of a handheld computer device that teaches code to anyone aged 8 and upwards, took home the creative industry specific special award, Creative EDGE, which is supported by Creative Scotland and Cultural Enterprise Office.
The highest amount awarded in the Scottish EDGE category was given to Douglas Martin of MiAlgae, who received £100,000 for his company’s novel approach to algae production to harvest high value Omega 3 Oils from micro-algae grown on waste water.