Glasgow, 22nd June 2016: Dr Rabinder Buttar, founder and CEO of Clintec, joined Lord Kelvin Smith, Marcelino Castrillo, Stuart MacDonald and Donna Chisholm to form an industry-leading expert panel of judges for the eighth round final of the Scottish EDGE competition which took place on Monday June 20th 2016 at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn Conference Centre. Scottish comedian and presenter Fred MacAulay compered the day as twenty-two finalists pitched for a share of the £1.3 million prize pot.
Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth generating entrepreneurial talent: a cause Dr Buttar champions for budding entrepreneurs in Scotland and Internationally.
Dr Buttar is the dynamic and entrepreneurial leader who founded Clintec, an award winning and privately owned Clinical Research Organisation (CRO), nearly 20 years ago. Clintec delivers innovative solutions comprising of customised clinical research solutions and talented personnel to progress drug development in a fast, flexible and focused way to 7 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies, leading Japanese pharmaceutical companies, as well as small and medium-sized biotechnology companies. With a global reach in over 80 countries, Clintec has developed a wealth of expertise in managing clinical trials in all major therapeutic categories across a global platform.
Under her leadership, Clintec has evolved into a recognised global player within the clinical research outsourcing arena. Clintec is the most geographically diverse small-mid market CRO in the world, with an operating platform on a par with its multi-billion dollar competitors.
Dr Buttar was inducted into Strathclyde University’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs in 2015, following her entrepreneurial business success. This accolade recognises, amongst others, Dr Buttar’s achievements in global business, entrepreneurship and leadership. Previous accolades include the Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Institute of Directors Director of the Year award and Business Woman of the Year award at the People Make Glasgow awards. Dr Buttar has also been listed by the British Science Council as one of the top 10 practising entrepreneurial scientists in Britain and was named as one of Britain’s 100 top entrepreneurial women (Real Business) in previous years.
The Scottish EDGE final showcased Scotland’s most innovative, high-growth potential start-up businesses, with the prize pot of £1.3 million contributing to Scotland’s economy by supporting the country’s small businesses. Twenty-two Scottish businesses pitched for up to £100,000 of Scottish EDGE funding and support which will assist them with expansion. The biggest winner on the day was RotoMotor Ltd whose inventions offer game changing potential to a $70billon industry.
To reach the final each business was required to submit an application and video pitch in March 2016, which was assessed by ten industry panels before being invited to give a live pitch to a semi-final panel at one of three semi-finals in May 2016. Over 239 businesses applied.
Now in its eighth round, the Scottish EDGE competition has had an unquestionable impact on the Scottish economy. The 170 winners have, to date, created an additional 641 jobs, generated an additional £31.8 million in turnover, and received additional external funding to the sum of £28.4 million. The Scottish EDGE competition is supported by The Hunter Foundation (established by renowned Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter), the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Scottish Government. Sir Tom Hunter said of the Scottish EDGE Competition “100% of the net new jobs in the UK will come from businesses less than five years old – the winners at Scottish EDGE are the job creators of today… We need to invest in them and nurture them in any way we can to build our economy and to provide the quality jobs our people deserve. We need to build a far greater pipeline of high growth businesses if Scotland is to succeed. Scottish EDGE is one critical element of that pipeline and I commend all the entrants and the winners for their commitment to building great entrepreneurial businesses.”
The winners of the day’s Scottish EDGE pitching rounds were announced at the evening awards ceremony, which was attended by 650 members of the public, investors, business leaders and entrepreneurship supporters. Prizes were also awarded to the other three categories: the Young EDGE; Wildcard EDGE and Higgs EDGE, the winners of which have already been announced.
The Scottish EDGE winners were:
- Blind Spot Gear – Developed ‘Scorpion Light’ and ‘Tile Light’ for the film making industry – Glasgow – £45k
- BLUSHO – A social-shopping platform for beauty, driven by user generated content – Glasgow – £35k
- Cutitronics – Developed game-changing skincare technology that measures skin health – Glasgow – £55k
- Deepwater Oil Tools – Developed SeaCure Cementing, an innovative technique for casing cementation in the Oil & Gas sector – Aberdeen – £40k
- Dry Ice Scotland – Company whose dry ice process removes contaminants using frozen carbon dioxide – Perthshire – £100k
- eoSurgical – Created simulators to train surgeons to help make surgical procedures safer – Edinburgh – £100k
- EuroBiotix CIC – Community interest company that aims to expand access to Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) – Aberdeen – £40k
- Freedom Brands – A producer of coconut-based innovative healthy food and drinks – Glasgow – £30k
- Glaze & Save – Award winning product which turns single glaze windows into double glazing – Perth – £25k
- OTAQ – Developed an innovative seal deterrent system for fish farms – Oban – £100k
- Particle Analytics – Develop solutions for analysis of numerical simulations of particles and bulk solids – Edinburgh – £40k
- Phoenix Instinct – Develop life enhancing travel products for the active wheelchair user – Nairn – £50k
- Robotical – Created ‘Marty’ – a robot to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists – Edinburgh – £60k
- Uuni – Innovative and portable outdoor wood-fired oven for cooking pizza – West Lothian – £50k
- Vanilla Blush – Developed an underwear range for people with Stomas – Glasgow – £50k