The shortlist has been announced for the first Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, which will celebrate the country’s best business and academic partnerships.
The finalists include Ballingry-based Ivan Wood & Sons, which is up for the Innovation of the Year award after working with Abertay University Dundee to develop an affordable, compact starch filtration system to comply with new legislation that stops food and starch waste from vegetables from being deposited in public drains – as is Edinburgh’s Payfont Ltd, which worked with Edinburgh Napier University to safeguard ‘data at rest’.
Each of the shortlisted entries is invited to the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards at the Conference Centre RBS, Gogarburn, on February 25.
Interface, which will host the inaugural awards, says it received a bumper 60 entries competing to win one of the five unique categories.
Director Siobhán Jordan said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number and calibre of entries to this inaugural celebration of all knowledge exchange partnerships in Scotland – it makes for a very exciting competition.
“They reflect the breadth and range of collaborations between businesses and organisations of all sizes with our leading academics. These partnerships demonstrate the variety of ways in which businesses and academia are working together to develop products, test ideas and deliver new processes and services which can really make a difference to people’s lives and society. Moreover the awards clearly demonstrate how knowledge exchange can enhance company growth and enable Scotland to be a world-leading entrepreneurial and enterprising nation.
“I would urge businesses from all sectors to attend the awards and see at first hand the benefits of collaborating with Scotland’s universities and research institutions.”