The 14 finalists of the 2020-21 Fresh Ideas competition have been selected, representing some of Scotland’s best up and coming entrepreneurs with the potential to make a big impact. 

The finalists, of which 50% are linked to Glasgow Universities, will now go forward to pitching to a panel of competition judges on 12 March with the winners receiving cash prizes of £1200.

Commenting on the selection of the Fresh Ideas finalists, Dawn Shand, Senior Business & Innovation Advisor said:

“Students and graduates from across Scotland have shown that even in these economically disruptive times, good ideas and a commitment to moving these ideas forward can still be done.  The Fresh Ideas competition has been an effective ‘funnel’ for the two SIE business coaches, Jonathan Tait and myself,  to support and nurture hundreds of early stage ideas across Scotland’s Universities and Colleges.  We look forward to watching the future success of the finalists and others in the coming months and years.”

The 14 finalists and their ideas are:

  • Maria Amorin, University of Edinburgh
    A new filtration method to treat dye polluted waste water with the potential to revolutionise the global textile industry.
  • Calum Boyle, University of Strathclyde
    Flowers Afloat – Preserving wedding flowers in a stylish and modern new way.
  • Calum Brodie, University of Abertay
    BGK Academy – A specialised goalkeeper academy in Tayside providing training and coaching to meet the high demand for goalkeeper training in grass-roots football.
  • Caterina Carpenzano, University of Strathclyde
    An all-in-one solution for cleaning reusable period cups reducing the risks associated with bacteria contamination in water-scarce environments.
  • Lucy Fisher, Robert Gordon University (graduate)
    Knit It – An innovative new online platform that will allow knitters of all abilities to take their creativity to new levels in an accessible, fun and easy to use way.
  • Kieran Fowler, University of Strathclyde (graduate)
    Glasgow Greens – Bringing hyper-local and sustainable produce to Glasgow’s restaurants through city-based hydroponic agricultural techniques.
  • Jack Graham, University of Strathclyde
    A new cost-effective mechanism to reduce ligament injuries to alpine skiers.
  • Sinead Higham, Queen Margaret University (graduate)
    ACT Scotland – A new performing arts school in the heart of Lanarkshire bridging the gap in accessibility to the arts in Scotland.
  • Penny Morton, Glasgow School of Art (graduate)
    A new discrete portable and handsfree solution for managing endometriosis pain, helping users enjoy life outside the home.
  • Ross O’Hanlon, University of Edinburgh (graduate)
    BioLiberty – The revolutionary Grip Assist Glove and digital therapy platform helps patients suffering from hand weakness recover strength and improve their mental well-being.
  • Heather Richardson, Queen Margaret University
    Queerativity – An online platform showcasing Queer Art by Queer Creators. It will amplify these marginalised voices and act as a positive change-maker in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Rachel Sim, Robert Gordon University
    Spruce Homeware – An online retailer providing a wide range of high quality small business homewares. By managing all orders, sales & marketing for the crafter, Spruce Homeware allows them to focus their efforts on their art.
  • James Swinburne, University of Strathclyde
    A new cutting-edge and user-friendly design for a simpler, more comfortable, stylish and affordable prosthetic hand.
  • Jan Wright, Glasgow School of Art (graduate)
    Shop Small Glasgow – A virtual shopping experience that puts  a spotlight on local brands and creators.