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Scottish EDGE and Special Awards

Scottish EDGE is the main competition category, and all companies that apply and meet the eligibility criteria will be entered in to and assessed for the chance to secure up to £100k (grant/loan) in funding. This category also includes special awards:
– Creative EDGE: For Creative Sector businesses, offering funding of up to £100k
– Higgs EDGE: For STEM-focused businesses, offering up to £150k funding
– Social EDGE: For Social Enterprises, offering funding of up to £100k
– Circular Economy EDGE: For businesses with a focus on a more circular way of doing things, funding of up to 100k


Young EDGE

An additional special category has been designed to support companies whose Directors are all aged 18-30 in the form of Young EDGE.

Applicants who are eligible will be assessed as part of the 1st Stage Assessment Process and, should they meet the scoring level required, will be invited to pitch live at the Young EDGE Final, for the chance to win one of the prizes up to £15,000 (Grant only).

The top Young EDGE winner (irrespective of their Scottish EDGE assessment score) will additionally be awarded a place at a future Scottish EDGE final.


Wild Card Edge

Recognising that businesses can often require support to take their product or service to market, Scottish EDGE introduced the Wild Card EDGE competition category in 2015. Open to pre-trading businesses, winning a Wild Card EDGE award results in Scottish EDGE support in the form of a grant of up to £15,000 and access to our non-financial support package, provided by leading business professionals.

This is a judges’ award category and requires the collective agreement of the assessment panel that you or your company has the innovative ‘wow’ factor. Innovation is not only about your product or service; it can be about you, your approach, your team, or the design or brand which you have adopted.

Following the conclusion of the assessment day, the judging panel will decide the top Wild Card EDGE winner (irrespective of their Scottish EDGE assessment score) and this business will be awarded a place at a future Scottish EDGE final.

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