INNOVATIVE diabetes management, food waste digester and swimming aid products are amongst the companies vying for a top entrepreneurial award.

Converge Challenge 2017, Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students, and recent graduates of Scottish universities and research institutes, has revealed this year’s top-60 Converge Challengers, and there has been a leap in the number of female finalists which now account for 43 per cent of the challengers.

The three Converge Challenge award categories are Converge Challenge for those with an established idea, KickStart for early stage ideas and Social Enterprise for ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues.

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Dr Olga Kozlova, Director of Converge Challenge, said: “Every year the Converge Challenge competition gets stronger and this year looks like being the most competitive yet.”