Compostable tableware made from eggshells and a filtration unit that reduces water use in manufacturing are just two of the innovative products that were commended at Edinburgh Napier University’s innovation and enterprise competition, Bright Red Sparks.
The five winners, chosen from 18 finalists, were announced at an awards dinner at the Hub on the Royal Mile and will share £12,000 prize money and £17,000 of legal support from the law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn.
The keynote speaker at the awards was Edinburgh Napier alumnus Kevin Dorren, former chief executive of one of Scotland’s first listed tech companies, Orbital Software, and one of the founders and entrepreneurs behind Move Fresh, an investment company for e-commerce, fast-moving consumer goods brands.
The winners were chosen in the following categories: Bright Ideas, Going for Growth, Staff Superhero, Business for Good, and Innovative Intrapreneur. Shepherd and Wedderburn supported the Bright Ideas, Business for Good, Staff Superhero and Going for Growth categories and John Morrison, an associate in the firm’s corporate finance team, joined the judging panel in the Going for Growth category.
The winners in each category were:
Commenting on the winners of the inaugural Bright Red Sparks awards, John Morrison, of Shepherd and Wedderburn, said: “The quality of entries in the Bridge Red Sparks competition was extremely impressive. All the finalists deserve to be commended but the winners really stood out as examples of commercially-focused innovation with the potential to stand out in their respective markets.
“Through our ongoing role with Bright Red Triangle, Shepherd and Wedderburn will be supporting all of the winners and finalists in the next stage of their journey through Napier University’s Bright Red Triangle incubator. We wish them all every success and look forward to supporting them in their development journey.”
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