The Converge Challenge programme is open to staff and students of all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes and has a total prize fund of over £150,000.
After a series of pitching events throughout the year saw 212 budding entrepreneurs from 17 universities pitch their business ideas, the 2016 competition is now drawing to a close.
The top six finalists for 2016 are:
Representing universities from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee the shortlist of nominees represents a range of sectors and technologies including: food and drink, engineering, medical devices and healthcare apps and online platforms.
Finalists must now prepare for the final on the 22 September where they will present their business plans in 45 minute pitches to the panel of expert judges made up of industry experts, leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community.
The judges for the Converge Challenge category include:
The winners will be announced that evening at an awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on 22 September.