Scottish Edge is a £1 million fund to support home-grown entrepreneurial talent comprising a Dragon's Den style pitching competition for ambitious entrepreneurs who wish to grow their business.
This competition is open to limited companies, social enterprises and charities in Scotland who have been trading for up to 5 years and who wish to apply for up to £100,000 (maximum £40,000 grant and £60,000 loan) to accelerate growth of their business. Smaller grants of up to £15,000 are available for sole traders and partnerships.
£1m of the prize fund has been invested in the Highlands and Islands region. Full details, eligibility criteria, FAQs, case studies of previous winners is available at scottishedge.com
How can HIE help?
Specific, tailored support for applicants from the Highlands and Islands area is available from HIE and an outline introduction to the competition is available.
With support delivered by Atlantic Consultants Ltd businesses can beneftit from:
• initial pre-appraisals of any written applications
• advice on production of the video pitch submission
• semi final training in pitch delivery and development of presentation and communication skills (in Inverness)
• expert one-to-one coaching and support for the finals
If you are based in the Highlands and Islands and interested in accessing the support available for Scottish EDGE preparation and application, please contact the Entrepreneurship team at HIE.