Scottish EDGE partners with former winner

Scottish EDGE CEO Evelyn McDonald with Amiqus CEO Callum Murray

Scottish EDGE partners with former winner

Business funding competition Scottish EDGE has become a customer of one of its former winners.

Edinburgh-based tech start-up Amiquis, which previously won the competition, is providing its software to carry out the credit checks required of applicants in the latest round of the competition.

To date, the bi-annual competition has awarded over £9m to some of Scotland’s most innovative startups, with Amiqus having received a collective £95,000 of that total. The business was also among the first to sign the ‘EDGE Pledge’ - Scottish EDGE’s pioneering initiative by which previous winners support future entrepreneurs.

As an organisation aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s high growth potential businesses, Scottish EDGE see Amiqus as an example of how Scottish companies are not only capable of creating high-quality products, but able to generate revenue quickly and sustainably. This in turn leads to investment and high-quality jobs that benefit the entire Scottish ecosystem.

With a team based between Edinburgh and Cambridge and a product that can adapt to new markets by inputting new datasets, Amiqus is also casting its sights beyond the Scottish market to different sectors and geographies.

Both Amiqus and Scottish EDGE view their ongoing working relationship as testament to the synergy between innovation and support that is propelling Scotland forward in the race to be a global leader in fast-scaling entrepreneurship.

Scottish EDGE CEO Evelyn McDonald said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be joining forces with the great team at Amiqus. We had the pleasure of watching the business grow over the course of three rounds of the Scottish EDGE competition, during which it became the first business to do the ‘EDGE treble’ – a win in all three of our categories.  

“As you can imagine, a water tight due diligence practice is crucial to our operation given the large sums of money that we award each round. Amiqus software has enabled us to significantly refine this process and has allowed us to direct resources to other essential areas of the competition. We look forward to a continued successful working partnership.”

Amiqus CEO Callum Murray said: “As a company that’s benefitted from Scottish EDGE support, we were very glad that Amiqus ID could help new entrepreneurs undergo the anti-money laundering checks necessary for taking part in the competition.

“Our win at Scottish EDGE last year gave us a boost in momentum and we’ve since gained 20 new clients and doubled the size of our team. Scottish startups are lucky to have such accessible means of gaining support and visibility in their early stages, which makes all the difference when you’re trying to turn an idea into a profitable business and be a rewarding employer.”