Our Scottish EDGE Journey
It’s been quite a journey since we won Young EDGE in 2017. Moving forward, we were awarded with the WildCard EDGE in Round 12 and last month our founder Martina was one of the 37 entrepreneurs who pitched in front of the judges for the EDGE 14 Grand Final!
Alterwaste Ltd was founded in 2017, the same year that we started our journey with the Scottish EDGE Competition. Our first year taking part in the competition was really important in the early development of our business. Martina was among 12 entrepreneurs to pitch her way to the Young EDGE Round 11 Award, winning £10,000 to help us protect the international patent for our eggshell material.
Wild Card EDGE
The support that winning Young EDGE provided us with encouraged us to enter the competition again in 2018. Winning again would help us fund the next stages of Alterwaste Ltd. That year, we came away from Scottish EDGE Round 12 with the WildCard EGE top prize of £15,000. This was really exciting news and the funding helped us get the right people on board to define our business model and research specific markets.
Scottish EDGE Round 14
On 30th May 2019, Martina pitched with our commercial adviser, Ian Murphy, for Scottish EDGE Round 14 Finals. We were seeking funding to help us establish our technical team (that’s the awesome people in the lab that research our sustainable materials). Unfortunately we didn’t make the cut this time around. As always, the feedback from the judges was really constructive and will help us move forward, so that our pitch is crystal clear next time!
We were so impressed by the other entrepreneurs’ pitches and we are so excited by the amazing number of Scottish startups. We were particularly excited (as always) by the number of female entrepreneurs that pitched for Round 14! Although we didn’t win this time, we will be back in the future and we thank Scottish EDGE so much for all of their incredible support that they have provided us with so far.
A big congratulations to all of the well-deserved EDGE 14 winners!
Check out a full list of EDGE 14 winners here.
Apply for Scottish EDGE Round 15!
We are huge fans of Scottish EDGE and would really recommend the competition to any business that is looking for further support and funding. Round 15 opens in just over a month! You can read more about it here.
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