Our incubator is home to a diverse range of start-ups, and some of our occupant entrepreneurs achieved significant success in the past few weeks. Whether it's securing major investment or reaching the finals of the country's top enterprise competitions, our occupants keep proving that they have the talent and determination to go big with their ideas.
Dr Rotimi Alabi, the founder of RAB Microfluidics, impressed the judges with his innovative thinking and made it through to the finals of Converge Challenge 2017, as well as the tenth edition of Higgs EDGE. RAB-Microfluidics is developing cutting edge microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology to meet real-time continuous testing and analysis needs of businesses that depend on heavy equipment. His initiative is guided by the belief that "samples should no longer go to stationary laboratory for analysis, but for the laboratory to come to the sample".
University of Aberdeen has a solid track record in the Converge Challenge in recent years. Last year’s competition saw Erika Grant win the Social Enterprise category with Project TurnKey, a social enterprise that empowers people to see a life beyond prostitution.
Dr Ann Lewendon, from the University’s Research & Innovation team, said: “It is encouraging to see the success of four recent PhD students from the University in the Converge Challenge competition. All of the businesses being developed by our shortlisted entrepreneurs show great promise in their different fields.”
While our postgraduate entrepreneurs are already successful, we are developing new initiatives to attract undergraduate students and to widen the appeal of entrepreneurship. We wish the best of luck to our occupants and Aberdeen graduates in the finals, and we will continue to keep you updated on their endeavours.
Author: Olaf Stando