Enterprise Fellows in run for Converge Challenge

Enterprise Fellows in the run to become the next Converge Challenge Winner:

Current Enterprise Fellows Kate Cameron (Cytochroma), Peter Orrell (MycoNourish) and Carmen Cummiskey (Teqnox) join former Enterprise Fellow Fiona Rudkin (mycoBiologics) and current Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow Pooja Jain (CogniHealth) as six of the 23 finalists for the 2018 Converge Challenge. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and ceremony on Thursday 20th September at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh where a total prize pot of £160,000 and in-kind business support await the winners and runner up.

Kate Cameron, Peter Orrell and Carmen Cummiskey are all currently undertaking a years’ business training under the RSE’s Enterprise Fellowship programme which has been running for over 20 years. Scotland’s leading bi-annual business development and training programme for the Higher Education sector, enables and accelerates promising science and technology researchers to develop into successful and world-class entrepreneurs.

Kate Cameron, a BBSRC funded Enterprise Fellow, founded Cytochroma which seeks to address the increasingly expensive but less effective practices of drug discovery through developing stable, scale-able, reliable, DILI predictive human liver cells through a fast, cheap and sensitive screening method, which will accurately identify toxicity. Kate recently won the Higgs prize, top prize worth £150,000 for science and technology, at the Scottish Edge finals.

Peter Orrell and Carmen Cummiskey are funded by Scottish Enterprise. Peter’s company MycoNourish harnesses the power of beneficial natural fungi to enhance crop production, which adds value to growers by improving their margins. Carmen’s company Teqnox is an award-winning body protector with revolutionary design, comfort and features which make it like no other body protector on the market. Focused on horse rider’s safety the protector offers breathable, flexible and non-restrictive protection.

Fiona Rudkin, a former Scottish Enterprise funded Enterprise Fellow, has created mycoBiologics, a life sciences company with the ambition to generate monoclonal antibodies against the fungal infection Candida, which is one of the ‘Big Four’ major human fungal pathogens. MycoBiologics has recently secured Scottish Enterprise HGSP funding to advance their pipeline of targeted antibodies for the treatment of life-threatening fungal infections.

Pooja Jain is one of 20 RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows who join a cohort of 40 highly ambitious entrepreneurs supported by the Scottish Government’s Scotland Can Do initiative. Pooja is co-founder of CogniHealth, a digital companion for people with dementia and caregivers. The app is designed to improve the caregiving experience by assisting with everyday tasks and addresses the caregiver’s emotional and physical stress.

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.

The next RSE Enterprise Fellowship application deadline is 31st October 2018 – find out more about RSE Enterprise Fellowships and our current and former awardees here.