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Scottish EDGE Journey & Winning

Year 2017 was spectacular. After our business was formed we had to go and raise some money to help us establish the solid grounds of our business.

Scotland is great for offering a number of funding opportunities for startups and there was one particular we were very excited about – Scottish EDGE. It’s a Scottish wide competition for startups who can win up to £100,000 across 3 main categories.

This was our first time applying for a funding and we were very excited about it. And scared. The journey was full of mixed emotions. After the application was submitted and after a short wait we have received the results of the 1st assessment stage. When the email came through, the blood pressure went up to the upper limit as we were reading the following lines:

Your outcome results following the 1st Stage Assessments are shown below:

  • Scottish EDGE (including Higgs EDGE & Creative Awards) – Invited to Scottish EDGE Semi-Final;
  • Young EDGE – Invited to Young EDGE Final;

 

Waaaaaaaa!!!!! we were successful in not just 1 but 2 of the categories!

 

The Scottish EDGE Semi-Finals was the first of the 2 pitches. This was the first time that we’ve pitched live in front of the judges and we think it went really well, considering it was our first time. Unfortunately, we didn’t progress into the finals in this category as the competition was really tough and we were at such early stage that we just couldn’t compete with the rest of the fantastic businesses who just had it more figured out and were further along with their businesses. The judges were super lovely and gave us a great feedback which helped us strengthen our focus and work on improvements.

But there was another pitch coming up – the Young EDGE. And we felt really good about this one. It turns out, for a good reason. A day after the pitch, an email came through saying:

Congratulations! I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that you have been selected as one of the winners of the Young EDGE competition.

 

Waaaaaaaaa!!!!!

 

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The funny thing is that Scottish EDGE asked us to record ourselves in those big moments like right before pitching, or right after, or when we opened the results, etc. to record our reactions. So I have decided to record opening the Young EDGE results email. I was actually in the middle of the work at a university and had to pop out of the office for that. Of course, I wanted to open the email as fast as possible but needed to find a quiet room to record myself as I didn’t want to do it in the office full of people staring at me. I felt nervous enough already. I managed to find an empty classroom and I could FINALLY open the email and see the results.
Right next to this classroom there was another office on one side and a meeting room with people inside on the other side. I knew I couldn’t have any loud reactions, so when I opened the email and read the GREAT news, I had to express my excitement in super excited and at the same time quiet way. If you are curious how that looked like, you check my reaction here.

We didn’t actually know how much money we have won before the Awards ceremony happened and we were eggstatic to hear then we have won all £10,000 we have applied for. And so did my dear friend Sydney Chasin with her Lil’pops and you can see it on our faces we could not be happier!

© Sandy young Photography 07970 268944
Scottish Edge Final – round 11.
W: www.scottishphotographer.com

 

And the whole Young EDGE bunch in one photo, the youngest of the competition:

© Sandy young Photography 07970 268944
Scottish Edge Final – round 11.
W: www.scottishphotographer.com

 

The one thing that makes me so excited and proud of what Scottish EDGE do is that there isn’t just one winner, but there are MANY business they help significantly in each round and they honestly change lives of many.

© Sandy young Photography 07970 268944
Scottish Edge Final – round 11.
E: sandyyoungphotography@gmail.com
W: www.scottishphotographer.com

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Q&A with Passion for the Planet

Passion for the Planet is an online radio station that runs a blog called Passion for Fresh Ideas where they publish articles and interviews about the environment, ethical living, lifestyle, health&beauty, etc.

Very recently we have had a Q&A session together through which they wanted to know more about Alterwaste, about our happy eggshells and about what’s next for us.

You are very welcome to read the whole article here:

And feel free to check the rest of their posts and interviews:

 

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New Designers Show London, July 2017

It has been absolutely a fantastic week at the New Designers Show in London. Such a variety amongst all the thousands of degree projects of the young designers. The atmosphere was fantastic, and the heat of the place! I mean really, it was like a sauna inside of the green house of the business centre (a tip to anyone who will ever exhibit there, minimal clothes are urgent)

 

 

But on the other note, Visitors have been absolutely amazing and I have been overwhelmed with all the lovely comments people have said to me. The excitement was coming from school kids who came around with their class, to families who were gathering information about what university would be the best (hope we managed to convince you to come to Edinburgh Napier University) and even industry professionals from materials and packaging companies could not hold back. I was absolutely over the moon.

 

And as a highlight of the week, Innovate UK even chose Colleggtion as a highlight of the show.

All 15 Highlighted projects have then been put on a special map of the shop that was given away to visitors – must say that my stand got pretty busy after that.

And on top of all, I’ve met a super lovely lady named Lucy Hughes who wrote an absolutely fantastic blog post about her experience at the New Designers show and how she noticed there was a lack of sustainable projects from all the prospective young designers – and I absolutely agree with her.

You can read her post here: https://lucyhughesdesigns.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/new-designers-response-2017/

 

 

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Publicity

Colleggtion has been featured on various news platforms – online as well as in printed media.

The greatest thing to happen was the story being published by BBC Scotland! I am glad that people are able to read about all the green projects happening around the world, tackling waste and making our world a better place to live in.

You can read the BBC story here:

 

The story has further been featured on Recycling Council of Alberta:

https://recycle.ab.ca/newsletterarticle/student-creates-disposable-plates-made-from-eggshells/

 

Featured on WATTAgNet:

http://www.wattagnet.com/blogs/23-poultry-around-the-world/post/30891-eggs-could-soon-be-in-your-plate-as-well-as-on-it

 

on Daily Business:

https://dailybusinessgroup.co.uk/2017/05/martinas-cracking-idea-tableware-from-eggshells/

 

And also on The National:

http://www.thenational.scot/business/15295144.Edinburgh_design_student_has_cracking_business_idea/

 

And on the Poultry World:

http://www.poultryworld.net/UK/Articles/2017/5/Student-takes-eggshells-to-a-whole-new-level-137778E/

 

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Degree Show Launch

The Opening Night of the More Than A Degree Show was absolutely spectacular! Hundreds of industry professionals and public members came to see the launch of the annual exhibit and were amazed by what this year’s graduates have produced.

 

Below is a display stand for Colleggtion. The lightbox showed different stages of the process and final products.

 

Thanks to gin sponsors Caorunn, we were able to keep ourselves cool in the heat of all the excitement of the night.

Visitors were intrigued by the Colleggtion and potential that eggshell waste brings.

Thanks to the company JustEgg, I had plenty of ground eggshells to use for the experiments. With their help, I was able to prove that there is a big potential of using eggshell waste in a better way than sending it to landfill and let the waste pollute the environment.

I was lucky enough that the Managing Director of JustEgg, Mr Pankaj Pancholi himself came to Edinburgh for the opening night of the degree show and showed his support and offered further cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Degree Show 2017

The Beginning

Our story started from making scrambled eggs for breakfast. The thought of why we throw eggshells away and the question of what happened to all the eggshells from 12.5 billion eggs that were consumed in 2016 in the UK?

After some research, we found a problem considering eggshells from egg processors. Due to the current laws and regulations, they are obliged to send their waste to landfill, which cost them a lot of money and the waste pollutes the environment as the methane that is generated by rotting protein leftovers cannot be captured. This gave us a challenge of finding a solution for how to divert this eggshells from landfills and create something greater that environment could potentially benefit from. Calcium carbonate, what eggshells are mainly made from, is a great fertiliser, so that kept us focusing on how can we enrich the soil in the end of the process after giving those eggshells a second life as a new product.

After many many long days stuck in the lab and after lots of trial and error, we created a brand new material with our patent pending process that could be used for unlimited applications and keep the biodegradable features. Considering plastic pollution as one of the biggest current problems focused us on using this material for products which would replace plastic.

Plastic single-use disposable products are being overused by people around the world. And by designing Colleggtion product range we created a beginning of a beautiful story in which we started reducing plastic pollution by also reducing eggshell waste ending in landfills.