Competition doubles young entrepreneur support with £75,000 cash injection

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THE Scottish Government has agreed to award an additional £75,000 in recognition of the number of promising high-growth businesses identified.

The funding from Scottish Enterprise comes in the wake of a £1,000,000 boost from several of Scotland’s entrepreneurs year and brings the total prize pot to almost £1,500,000.

The latest round of Scottish EDGE opens on Tuesday, July 6 with applications accepted via the Scottish EDGE website until August 10.

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Photo by scottishphotographer.com. A total of £150,000 will be shared among up to 14 winners in Young EDGE.

Linda Hanna, Interim Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise said: “Scottish Enterprise is fully committed to supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“We have a long-standing relationship with EDGE and are delighted to provide funding to double the number of awards made in the competition’s Younge EDGE category.

“We want to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among Scotland’s young people and I firmly believe providing encouragement and backing to young innovators has never been more important.

“We want to help them develop their ideas, bring products to market and grow their businesses.

“By working closely with EDGE and other like-minded partners, we want to help accelerate the country’s economic recovery.”

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Photo by Sandy Young at scottishphotographer.com. A live pitching final and awards ceremony will follow later in the year with up to 41 businesses expected to receive awards ranging from £10,000 to £100,000.

Evelyn McDonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE said: “The down-side of supporting innovative new businesses through a high-level funding competition is the frustration of having to turn away a number of arguably deserving businesses.

“This additional funding from Scottish Enterprise will allow us to play a significant role in an even greater number of young Scottish entrepreneurial success stories at a time when it’s needed most.”

Scottish EDGE supports Scotland’s most innovative, high-growth potential early-stage businesses with awards which are made up of a combination of grants and loans.

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Photo by [email protected] It also provides a business support package that includes mentoring, support and signposting to alternative finance.

The loan element of awards is paid back into the fund to help fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success.

To date, Scottish EDGE, which is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland, The Hunter Foundation, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, has awarded over £17 million to some of Scotland’s most innovative entrepreneurs, with a winner roster of 444 businesses who in turn have generated £412m in turnover and created over 2250 jobs.