Four innovative startups from Edinburgh Napier University have successfully advanced to the next phase of the Santander X UK Awards 2023 in the university category. LU Innovations, Mude and Lasting Asset Ltd are among the 100 shortlisted businesses, vying for a chance to win up to £25,000 in equity-free funding and a spot in the Santander X Global Awards.
The Santander X UK Awards 2023 is an exciting opportunity for university and early-stage startups to showcase their innovative businesses. In its 13th year, this competition has consistently supported budding entrepreneurs and provided over £900,000 in equity-free funding to startups and small businesses in the UK.
This year's competition features two categories: University, for new businesses looking to launch, and Startup, for businesses ready to scale. For the first time, the Startup category is open to entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, not just university-based startups.
The final selection pitches, a high-stakes part of the competition, will be held at the iconic KIA Oval in London. This stage represents a chance for these startups to further advance in the competition.
Nick Fannin, Head of Enterprise at Bright Red Triangle, expressed his excitement and support for the startups, saying, "We are delighted for our Edinburgh Napier startups and wish them the best of luck in the next phase of the Santander X UK Awards. This recognition is a testament to their innovation and hard work, and we are confident they will continue to excel in the competition."
The national final is scheduled for December 7th, where the 12 selected businesses will pitch their ventures in a bid to secure a place in the Santander X Global Awards. The global competition promises exciting opportunities, cash prizes, and international recognition for the most promising startups.