Public vote to give one Scottish start-up the chance to pitch for additional Scottish EDGE Funding of £100,000

new scotedge logo2For the first time ever, the public are being given the opportunity to judge start-up businesses in Scotland’s largest business competition. Three Scottish businesses are participating in the Scottish EDGE Wild Card public vote in the hope of winning the chance to pitch for up to £100,000 in grant and loan funding at the Scottish EDGE final on June 20th, 2016. Having already won up to £10,000 in the Scottish EDGE’s Wild Card EDGE competition, Blusho, Estendio and Pio Design now have until May 27th, 2016 to convince the public that their product or service is deserving of additional funding and business support.

EdgeAwards034The three start-up businesses taking part in the Scottish EDGE Wild Card public vote were selected from a pool of twelve Wild Card EDGE winners by a panel of expert judges, and represent the broad spectrum of businesses who apply for and win the support of Scottish EDGE twice a year. Allan Watt, Director of the Prince’s Trust Scotland and chairman of the judges, said this about the businesses; “Blusho, Estendio and Pio Design are perfect examples of pushing the boundaries and creating an exciting new business with huge potential. They all capture your imagination and make it easy for the public to see how Scottish Edge might well be the kickstart to Scotland’s next great success story.”

EDGE Awards MED RES 06Announcing the public vote, Evelyn McDonald, CEO of the Scottish EDGE, said; “for the first time ever, we’re inviting the general public to participate in the Scottish EDGE process which looks to identify and support Scotland’s innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. We’re really excited to offer one of our Wild Card EDGE winners the chance to pitch for additional funding of up to £100,000, on top of the funding of up to £10,000 which they have already won, and believe that the public — and entrepreneurship supporters in particular — will be keen to get involved.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for the winner of our public vote, as it offers an invaluable learning experience regardless of whether or not the start-up business wins money as a result of their pitch. Many applicants to the Scottish EDGE process who are unsuccessful return to pitch successfully in future rounds and we hope this will be the case for some of our Wild Card EDGE winners.

To vote and for further information on each of the finalists, visit

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