Join The Grey Hill today LIVE via The Robert Gordon University Youtube channel and watch as we go head to head to win cash prizes within the accelerator programme. If you like Dragons Den, then this is the online event for you!
During the event, you will have the chance to vote for which team is your favourite and should walk away with cash prizes. The voting will open during the event after you have heard all pitches and will only be open for a limited time.
The live broadcast will include pitching, audience competitions, voting, highlights videos, guest speakers and more:
17:30 – 18:45 – Welcome Address and Team Pitches
18:45 – 19:15 – In Conversation with Chris Van Der Kuyl and Finalist Interviews
19:15 – 19:30 – Winners Announcement
19:30 - 20:30 – Virtual Celebration Reception
About the Innovation Accelerator
This event is the final of the RGU Innovation Accelerator Cohort 3 which is delivered by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group and funded by The Wood Foundation. Over 130 teams applied to the programme with innovative concepts to solve one of three global challenges aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – reducing inequalities, responding to Covid-19 or designing health and mental wellbeing innovations. Twelve ideas were accepted to undergo a five-month period of training, mentorship and support including access to £2,000 funding each. Previous participants have gone on to raise over £1.4 million in investment, hire staff, win national awards and more.
During the broadcast, we will be joined by one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs Chris van der Kuyl CBE. Chris is most notably co-Founder and Chairman of multiple award-winning games developer 4J Studios, best known for developing Minecraft for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo games consoles. Chris has also co-founded investment firm Chroma Ventures and is Chairman of a range of ventures including Puny Astronaut, TVSquared, Broker Insights, Parsley Box and Stormcloud Games. He was the founding Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and was elected as one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013 and has received several honorary degrees. Chris will be joining the showcase to share his tips and insights and to inspire a future generation of innovators.
Find out more about the innovative projects taking part in this year’s programme.
Find out more about the innovative projects taking part in this year’s programme. Our twelve finalists are competing for the chance to win cash prizes awarded by our panel of judges and the audience.
Judges Choice Awards
Awarded to the teams which the judges felt best demonstrated their concepts, innovation, impact, desirability, feasibility and viability. The judges will award cash prizes from a pot of £15,000 based on the team's impact.
Audience Choice Awards
Awarded to the teams who received the highest number of votes from the viewers based on their pitches ability to educate, entertain and inspire. Teams will be able to win either 1st Place - £2,000 Prize, 2nd Place - £1,000 Prize or 3rd Place - £500 Prize.
By watching the Innovation Showcase, you will have the chance to enter our audience competition to win £150 worth of prize vouchers. All you have to do is watch along live and make sure you follow the instructions as part of the broadcast.
Following the broadcast, viewers are invited to meet the teams and network as part of our virtual celebration reception from 19:30 - 20:30. Chat and network with innovators and celebrate their achievements. To join the reception, register online: Register for the Innovation Showcase Reception