Edinburgh Napier celebrates entrepreneurial success at Converge Challenge finals

Dr Pam Ramsay’s innovative Critical Care Recovery project recognised

Date posted

7 September 2018

12:08

Last updated

7 September 2018

An innovative project that aims to provide bespoke support for people recovering after intensive care has been recognised by a leading entrepreneurial competition.

Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Pam Ramsay – a qualitative researcher within the University’s School of Health and Social Care – has seen her Critical Care Recovery project shortlisted within the Social Enterprise category of the competition.

Critical Care Recovery is an innovative Scottish web-based business that provides bespoke information, advice and support for people recovering after intensive care. It is one of five projects shortlisted for the award at what is described as Scotland’s premier company creation programme.

Ranging from early stage projects to established start-up and spin-out businesses, 23 entrepreneurs will head to Edinburgh later this month to take part in the awards ceremony across three main categories – Converge Challenge, KickStart and Social Enterprise.

Renowned venture capitalist and serial investor, Paul Atkinson, founder of Par Equity and a member of the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board, believes that the high calibre of entries this year is a direct result of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions’ continued support of innovative projects and ideas.

He said: “Converge Challenge is a transformative programme which combines business support, training and mentoring as a complete package to support the business creation process. This sets Converge Challenge apart as Scotland’s most prestigious company creation programme for our academic community. It continuous to nurture disruptive innovative companies generating a much needed pipeline of high quality investable propositions.”

Dr. Olga Kozlova, director of Converge Challenge, expressed her gratitude to every Higher Education Institution in Scotland for continuing to encourage participation in Converge Challenge.

She said: “Scottish Universities are strongly committed to contributing to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy. For the university-based entrepreneurs their entrepreneurial journey starts with Converge Challenge – crystallising the business idea and making them part of the highly supportive ecosystem. We are delighted with such a strong cohort of projects and look forward to working with them in the months to come.”

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. We work with ALL industry sectors, products and service-based ideas at any stage of the development.

More details and a full list of finalists can be found here.