Media release: Catalyst Award recognises some of Scotland’s best start-up talent


TWO young graduates have been recognised by a new award to help them start-up successfully in the West of Scotland.

The Catalyst Award, run by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise in partnership with the CMS Charitable Trust, will award each winner £4,000 investment and two years of dedicated support for their early-stage businesses.

The winners are Glasgow graduate, Saskia Goeres (Designed for Life ltd) and Strathclyde fraduate, Daniel Cain (Streamline Cycling)

Commenting on the competition finalists, SIE Senior Innovation and Business advisor, Jonathan Tait, said: “The pitches were of a very high quality and all of the finalists should all be very proud of themselves. Scotland’s students are full of ideas with real potential to have impact and contribute to local communities and our economy. We’ll be working closely with the winners to help them move things forward and make the most of their ideas.”

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About SIE

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise is the national organisation for the promotion and support of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. SIE works with Universities and Colleges to champion enterprise education and help their students start new innovative businesses. Since 2000, SIE has provided free one-to-one advice, enterprise workshops and business competitions SIE’s services are open to all students and graduates in Scotland, up to two years after graduation. SIE is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and is part of the Scotland CAN DO framework.

The Catalyst Award

Run by SIE, with a grant provided by the CMS Charitable Trust, the Catalyst Award provides 2 x  £4,000 cash awards designed to provide two early-stage entrepreneurs with financial support that will help them fast-track their innovative business idea towards commercialisation. In addition to the cash awards, the winners will be assigned an SIE mentor who will provide continuity of support for two years. The Catalyst Award is designed for ideas that are on their way and will give them an extra push at this critical early stage.

Full list of competition finalists

Saskia Goeres (WINNER)
Graduate, University of Glasgow
Designed for Life
Sofaforlife is a
more sustainable and user-friendly alternative to conventional sofas.

Daniel Cain (WINNER)
Graduate, University of Strathclyde
Streamline Cycles
A new design for interchangeable aerodynamic cycle wheels at an affordable price.

Dele Make
Robert Gordon University
PCOS Buddy
A revolutionary new health app to support women with PCOS

Pooja Katara
Graduate, Glasgow School of Art
A digital guidebook design that uses Augmented Reality to bring cities to life.

Chris Andreucci
University of Strathclyde
A new mobile app that maximises the overall live music event experience by offering ticket holders exclusive deals in local venues

Salma Khatun
University of Glasgow
SE|ME is an app designed to tackle the issue of rough sleepers and the consequences of an ever-growing cashless society

Joan Kangro
Graduate, University of Glasgow
A new robotic lawn mower designed for large terrains

Ross Fisher
University of Strathclyde
Loch Electronics Limited
A new design for a more environmentally friendly personal dishwasher to reduce water waste and energy consumption

Marwa Ebrahim
Graduate, University of Glasgow
Atypical Cosmetics
Customisation skin care products that lets users avoid ingredients that they are allergic to.

Charles Painter
Glasgow School of Art
A new app to help people who stammer discover their speaking potential

Bartosz Soltowski
University of Strathclyde
A new technology to support off-grid renewable electricity supplies for local communities

Andrew Greene
Graduate, University of Strathclyde
A new digital solution for luggage storage and transportation

Yanik Nyberg
Graduate, University of Strathclyde
Seawater Solutions
Introduces wetland ecosystems onto coastal farms for climate resilience, growing crops like samphire using seawater

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