£1.27 million awarded to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses

Winners are announced following today’s ScottishEDGE final 

Finalists in Round 8 of the Scottish EDGE awards have scooped a total of £1.27 million in grants and loans following a high-energy day which saw 22 of Scotland’s most promising entrepreneurs pitch to an expert panel of judges.
Two-hundred-and-forty-five thousand pounds were awarded to businesses in Edinburgh, while £50k and £5k were awarded to those in the Lothians and Fife respectively.
The Edinburgh-based winners were eoSurgical, Particle Analytics, Robotical, Can You Escape, Tipple Box, YoCo Club, Eat2Enjoy, and WindAir Systems, while Uuni and Study Ninja were the only West Lothian and Fife winners respectively.
The biggest winner – announced this evening (Monday, 20 June) – however, was Aberdeen-based RotoMotor Ltd, which became the second business to land ScottishEDGE’s highest prize of £150k following Epipole’s success in the December funding round.
RotoMotor, which was founded by Jonathan Marsh, has developed the world’s first three-dimensional pump for the pumping and renewables industries, whose benefits include reversibility in both directions, and power and multi-speed proportional flow.
According to Marsh, these benefits can be offered in many configurations for many different markets and offer game-changing potential to a $70 billion industry by producing multiples of flow rates and higher pressures than centrifugal pumps.
The judges – led by Lord Smith of Kelvin, a former prolific businessman and BBC governor who was appointed to oversee the process of devolving more powers to Scotland – chose 15 winners overall, including beneficiaries of the Higgs EDGE, which rewards innovative science and technology businesses with global commercialisation potential; Young EDGE, designed for entrepreneurs under 30, and the Wild Card EDGE for ventures which have yet to start trading.
The Scottish EDGE winners were:
  • Blind Spot Gear – Awarded £45k after developing ‘Scorpion Light’ and ‘Tile Light’ for film making industry – Glasgow
  • Blusho – Awarded £35k after developing a social-shopping platform for beauty, driven by user generated content – Glasgow
  • Cutitronics – Awarded £55k after developing game-changing skincare technology which measures skin health – Glasgow
  • Deepwater Oil Tools – Awarded £40k after developing SeaCure Cementing, an innovative technique for casing cementation in the oil and gas sector – Aberdeen
  • Dry Ice Scotland – Awarded £100k after developing a dry ice process which removes contaminants using frozen carbon dioxide – Perthshire
  • eoSurgical – Awarded £100k after creating simulators to train surgeons to help make surgical procedures safer – Edinburgh
  • EuroBiotix CIC – Awarded £40k to help expand access to Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) – Aberdeen
  • Freedom Brands – Awarded £30k towards producing innovative, coconut-based healthy food and drinks – Glasgow
  • Glaze & Save – Awarded £25k after developing an award-winning product which turns single glaze windows into double glazing – Perth
  • OTAQ – Awarded £100k after developing an innovative seal deterrent system for fish farms – Oban
  • Particle Analytics – Awarded £40k to help develop solutions for analysis of numerical simulations of particles and bulk solids – Edinburgh
  • Phoenix Instinct – Awarded £50k to help develop life enhancing travel products for the active wheelchair user – Nairn
  • Robotical – Awarded £60k after creating ‘Marty’, a robot to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists – Edinburgh
  • Uuni – Awarded £50k to help develop innovative and portable outdoor wood-fired oven for cooking pizza – West Lothian
  • Vanilla Blush – Awarded £50k after developing an underwear range for people with Stomas – Glasgow
Higgs Edge winners were:
  • RotoMotor – Awarded £150k after invented the world’s first three-dimensional pump, a revolutionary concept in pump design changing the way we think about the pump and renewables markets – Aberdeen
  • Soltropy – Awarded £100k after inventing a patented, modular solar thermal collector solution which allows the system to freeze and means existing tanks can be used to store the hot water produced – Glasgow
Young EDGE winners were:
  • A Fox Wot I Drew – Awarded £5k after developing their first game “BAUM” for the Apple TV Platform – Dundee
  • Can You Escape – Awarded £10k towards live escape games with puzzles and cryptic activities to see if participants have what it takes to escape – Edinburgh
  • Connect-In – Awarded £10k after developing ‘Lupo’, a sensor which finds personal belongings when misplaced – Glasgow
  • LifeLinked, trading as Storii – Awarded £7.5k to help develop a media storage and communications platform allowing family to connect with loved ones who suffer from dementia – Glasgow
  • Lingo Flamingo CIC – Awarded £10k after developing the world’s first portfolio of tailored language workshops for older adults to help delay the effects of dementia – Glasgow
  • Pick Protection – Awarded £10k after creating a revolutionary personal attack and lone worker alarm – Glasgow
  • Premiership Experience – Awarded £5k towards its sport tour operator business – Glasgow
  • Silver Birch Interiors – Awarded £7.5k towards developing a digital offering for the furniture fitting sector – Glasgow
  • Siobhan Mackenzie – Awarded £10k towards designing and producing bespoke and contemporary kilts, bringing Scottish dress into the twenty-first century – Glasgow
  • Tipple Box – Awarded £10k to develop cocktail-making kits, sent by post – Edinburgh
  • WardWatch – Awarded £10k to help develop a Cloud-based software programme to support clinical learning opportunities – Lanark
  • YoCo Club – Awarded £5k towards a whisky subscription club which delivers malt Scotch whiskies to your door – Edinburgh
WildCard EDGE winners were: 
  • Blusho – Awarded £10k for its social-shopping platform for beauty, driven by user generated content – Glasgow
  • Cyclogical – Awarded £10k for ‘Gripster’ – an off-the-wall bike storage solution – Glasgow
  • Eat2Enjoy – Awarded £10k to provide frozen meals designed specifically to meet the nutritional and energy requirements of the elderly – Edinburgh
  • Ergo Fitness – Awarded £5k for its ‘Arcufit Bar’ – the first ergonomically designed, weighted bar for the fitness community – Glasgow
  • Estendio – Awarded £10k for ‘PresentPal’, technology for dyslexics, developed by dyslexics – Glasgow
  • Handy Handle Jig – Awarded £5k for its innovative product for DIY enthusiasts to support the task of putting handles on doors – Glasgow
  • MIME Technologies – Awarded £10k for its wireless platform technology which simplifies the capture, reporting and audit of medical data – Inverness
  • Pio Design – Awarded £10k for its keyboard which will transform computer input across a range of technology and educational sectors – Perthshire
  • Study Ninja – Awarded £5k for its ‘kick-ass’ app to help students smash their exams – Dunfermline
  • Trossachs Distillery – Awarded £10k for its McQueen Gin, with unique distilled flavours including Chocolate, Mint and Mocha – Callander
  • Veloeye – Awarded £5k for its mobile, light and convenient bike theft deterrent and retrieval system which harnesses the power of social media – Perthshire
  • WindAir Systems – Awarded £10k for its “active” sealed glass units which can be used in windows and doors to prevent excess solar heat energy – Edinburgh
Scottish EDGE chief executive officer Evelyn McDonald said: “A Scottish EDGE final is always a day to remember and today was no different.
“We received a total of 239 applications for Scottish EDGE round 8 from around the country, representing businesses in every business sector.
The 22 businesses who pitched today represent the best of Scotland’s start-up businesses and entrepreneurial talent.
“For those who didn’t win this time round it’s not a no, it’s a not yet. We look forward to opening round nine in August and encourage previous and new applicants to apply for Scottish EDGE funding and support.”
Gordon Merrylees, Scottish EDGE board member and head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, said: “The Scottish EDGE has had a huge impact on Scotland’s economy, with our alumni having generated an additional £31.80 million in turnover, secured £28.36 million in additional investment, and created 641 jobs since receiving their Scottish EDGE funding and support.
“We’re looking forward to continued success as today’s winners join our group of high-achieving alumni.”
Renowned Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter said: “100% of the net new jobs in the UK will come from businesses less than five years old – the winners at Scottish Edge are the job creators of today.
“We need to invest in them and nurture them in any way we can to build our economy and to provide the quality jobs our people deserve.
“We need to build a far greater pipeline of high growth businesses if Scotland is to succeed.
“Scottish Edge is one critical element of that pipeline and I commend all the entrants – not winners yet – and the winners for their commitment to building great entrepreneurial businesses.”
Scottish EDGE is awarded as a 50% grant and a 50% loan. The loan is paid back to help fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success.
Both the Young EDGE and Wild Card EDGE awards are grants of up to £10,000.
The winners will also receive business mentoring and support from partner organisations such as Harper Macleod, Johnston Carmichael, James Hallam, and Edgar Stewart.
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