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Innovative University-supported startups secure £500,000 in grant funding awards

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Startups founded by students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh secure SMART:SCOTLAND grants to help support their ambitious and innovative projects.

bennuai.Five startup businesses founded by students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh are celebrating after securing almost half a million pounds in grant funding awards between them. The five young companies, all supported by the University’s commercialisation service, Edinburgh Innovations, have been awarded around £100,000 each through SMART:SCOTLAND grants.

The recipients are, developers of the world’s smartest bin which sorts waste automatically for a net zero circular economy; Danu Robotics, a clean tech startup focused on advanced and dedicated technological solutions for the benefit of the environment; BioLiberty, creators of a soft robotic glove and a digital therapy platform aimed at helping sufferers of hand weakness; eMoodie, a mental health digital platform which facilitates early screening; and transformative audio design and technology company, Black Goblin Audio.

danuAwarded by Scottish Enterprise to Scottish-based SMEs, SMART:SCOTLAND grants are offered to qualifying high risk, highly ambitious projects with a commercial focus.

BIOLIBERTY-BRAND-BLKIn addition to providing guidance for the SMART:SCOTLAND grant applications, Edinburgh Innovations has supported the company founders throughout their entrepreneurial journeys, including helping them to successfully apply for a range of additional national awards. BioLiberty, Danu Robotics and had all been winners in the prestigious business funding competition, Scottish Edge. Meanwhile eMoodie have secured initial seed investment and been recognised by other business award programmes.

eMoodieEdinburgh Innovations also supported Black Goblin, a female-led audio design and technology company developing, ‘Subversive’ - a collaborative audio tool for visual artists and sound designers towards winning the Creative Edge award by Scottish EDGE as well as the Resident Entrepreneurs and Connected Innovators awards from the Creative Technology cluster Creative Informatics. Black Goblin was also selected as a "Ones to watch" company by the Creative Industries Council last year.

black goblinLorna Baird, Student Enterprise Manager, said: “We’re so pleased with the success of these emerging companies, all founded by University of Edinburgh students or graduates, in securing their grant awards from SMART:SCOTLAND. These startups are deserving of their significant funding awards as they are all focused on developing innovative solutions to some of the key challenges facing society. As an organisation which is committed to helping University of Edinburgh-linked startup businesses reach their full potential, Edinburgh Innovations is proud of its role in supporting these budding entrepreneurs.”

Jim Watson, Director of Business Growth at Scottish Enterprise, said: “SMART:SCOTLAND grants are an effective way of encouraging Scottish businesses to innovate and helping them attract additional funding.

“The cutting-edge products and services being developed by these five companies are great examples of the pioneering work supported by SMART and the economic, environmental and societal benefits associated with the programme.”

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Published on: 4th August 2022

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