School of Physics and Astronomy, were recently awarded third place in the Converge Challenge 2014 for their company Razorbill Instruments. Converge Challenge is a national competition aimed at encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship amongst academics.
The technology behind the company, and for which they won the award, is a nanopositioner – a device which can move with minute detail, especially useful in the manufacturing of microchips, and in physics and biomedical research.
As a prize for third place the partnership received a cash sum, as well as a range of business support from leading legal, financial and branding companies, to the tune of over £13,000.
Razorbill Instruments was one of 111 entrants from across Scotland to apply for the competition, undergoing a rigorous selection process including business plans, a number of pitches, and a Dragon’s Den style Q&A with a panel of judges.
Alexander has also received a fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which will allow him to work on a prototype of the product. [press release]