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External Activities

This page highlights all of the external programmes, competitions, events and activities that are available for our UWS students, graduates and staff at the University of the West of Scotland.

Converge Competition


Applications for the 2023 Converge Challenge are now open, with a £320,000 prize pot up for grabs for students, graduates and staff! There are four challenges available meaning you can apply for the one which best fits your business idea.

  • The Converge Challenge: for novel business ideas with solid IP foundations, high commercial potential, and evident scalability.

  • Net Zero Challenge: for climate-conscious entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions for carbon reduction.

  • Kickstart Challenge: for early stage, aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas they’d like to test, validate and prepare for launch.

  • Create Change Challengefor creative, social and cultural projects looking to become sustainable businesses.

Converge, Scotland’s largest company creation programme for the university sector, act as a springboard to success by providing academic innovators with the skills, guidance, funding, and network they need to turn their big ideas into commercial reality. Regardless of your background, location and business readiness, by joining one of our challenges you’ll gain the tools, support and funding opportunities to springboard your business into the world.

And it won’t cost you a penny. Zip, zilch, nada, zero. 

You can read more about the various challenges, decide which one’s for you, and apply online via the Converge website.

Converge are also hosting regular workshops on key aspects of business creation, or you can reach out to them for tailored advice.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 29 March 2023.

2023 Applications Now Closed.


Demola Scotland Programme

Start your 2023 right by joining one of the Demola Co-creation Projects!


The University of the West of Scotland and Demola Global have partnered together to recruit UWS students into our new Demola Scotland Programme - creating our first ever UWS only cohort. 


Demola offers you the chance to spice up your regular study schedule and be part of creative community working with foresight. These 8 week co-creation projects deal with themes such as digital nomads, wellbeing data, home automation, sustainable tourism, net-zero, new forms leadership and many more. Our diverse student teams consist of talents from different fields and countries. Project work will be facilitated by Demola's co-creation experts.

You will be required to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week.


Each project will consist of both online and x2 face-to-face sessions at our Scottish UWS campuses.

Applications close: 17th September

If you are interested in getting involved please visit the Demola website, create a profile and select the project you would like to participate in. 

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Social Shifters


Want to make change in the world? Have a great idea that solves a social or environmental problem, but don’t know where to start? Want to create change, but don’t have an outlet? Whatever change you want to make; it doesn’t happen without help and that help starts here!

The University of the West of Scotland and Kick Start are partnering up with Social Shifters - empowering you to explore, start, and grow your ideas. 

Social Shifters aims to support and grow change activity in universities across the UK, because all change starts with one thing — an idea. Whether you want to solve local or global problems, Social Shifters enables you to explore, start, and grow ideas that can change the world.


Get FREE access to specialist digital learning resources and for those ready to take the next steps, we provide one-to-one on campus start-up advice.

Find out more HERE.

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