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Olga: Welcome to Converge Challenge Open Innovation. My name is Olga Koslova and I'm a director
of Converge Challenge. Converge Challenge Open Innovation is a programme that brings
together participants from six European countries, who compete for a title of best open innovation
idea and best open innovation business.
Gurpreet: Converge Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to put forward their
open innovation ideas. It's a great platform for students and businesses to get feedback
on those ideas and begin to progress those ideas to the next stage, based on judges deliberations
and judges feedback.
Olga: This evening, they will be delivering a two minute elevator pitch to a hundred strong
audience consisting of investors, industry representatives and supporting organisations.
Mathieu: Hello my name is Barbier Mathieu. I'm here today to present you our project
Michiel: Hello I'm Michiel, 22 years old. One of the founders of Belgians by Heart.
Gagan: My name is Gagan Malik and I am the founder and CEO of Career Sprinter.
Chris: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, my name is Chris and I'm presenting and pitching
Martin: My name is Martin Atzmuller. I'm from the University of Kassel, where I'm heading
the recruit estate and mining team at the hertie chair for knowledge and data engineering.
Mike: Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Mike Turner and I actually turn 22
today. I'm from a company called Staff Guardian.
Christian: I was today a member of the judging panel at the Converge Challenge, for start
a business plan competition. It was a great event and I always enjoy to listen to new
ideas, new entrepreneurs and it's always refreshing.
Anthony: I'm Anthony Faucogney, I'm French so I'm a wine lover.
John: My name is John Larkin; I'm from a company in Ireland called PropelAd.
Caius: Good evening, my name is Caius and here is Sologram.
Maud: Good evening everybody, I am very proud tonight to represent the women's side of innovation,
'cause I'm the only woman. I am Maud and I am from France and I am the founder of Un
bout d'ailleurs, that means A piece of the world.
Olga: The winner of the best open innovation idea goes to UX Cam from the University College
Kishan: Hello, my name is Kishan Gupta. I'm founder of UX Cam. We are moving usability
testing from the labs out into the world. So we believe that user experience is key
to the products success and currently the way usability testing is being done in the
labs is flawed.
When I heard about Converge Challenge, I thought it was really interesting and I wanted to
be a part of it.
Olga: The idea behind the programme is for the participants to meet their peers across
Europe and to develop content that will help them to break the barriers and introduce their
innovation into the European market.
And the winner of the best open innovation business goes to Saccade Diagnostic Limited
Philip: We're bringing to market a novel eye movement test to assist diagnosis of major
psychiatric illnesses. The global economic burden of mental ill health, will grow to
a staggering 6 trillion dollars per annum. Our test is completed and results available
in around 30 minutes. Helping clinicians arrive at an informed diagnosis, much, much sooner
and also designing better treatment plans for the patients.
Madhu The Converge Challenge Open Innovation Challenge has been an amazing experience,
winning the competition today for the best business category has validated our business
plan in terms of employing open innovation techniques and our efforts to collaborate
with various partners in the industry to help bring our product to market.
Stuart: For those of you who don't know the Scottish Funding Council is the Scottish Governments
agency responsible for the public funding of universities and further education colleges
Frank: Converge Challenge Open Innovation is part of the Open Innovation Project which
is led by Edinburgh City Council. The Open Innovation Project is in turn funded by the
Interreg 4B North West Europe programme.
Kishan: Really challenging, really interesting. A lot of awesome people and good networking,
it was really, really awesome. It was a great experience and in Edinburgh.
Frank: And the council is committed to promoting open innovation support research and development
activity and encouraging knowledge transfer. Now, our involvement in the council in the
Open Innovation Project has enhanced our working relationships with local partners such as
Heriot Watt and Edinburgh Universities, helping us to incubate and grow new businesses as
they spin out from these competitions and from these organisations. This work and funding
from the Interreg 4B programme has also enabled us to work with partners across North West
Europe as we've seen from tonight from France, Germany, Ireland, England and of course here
Madi: It will not be the big ticket investment that pulls us out of the current turmoil that
we're in. It will be the entrepreneurs and the innovators who will create local growth
and jobs. I'm bringing these words from my president of the European Economic and Social
committee, Mr. Henri Malosse who congratulates the organisers and all those who have collaborated
together to bring such great innovation projects to be presented over the last two days.