Meet the Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year finalists
The Rising Star Entrepreneur of the Year award will be presented to the individual that has a truly entrepreneurial mindset, and considerable potential to drive growth - as nominated by entrepreneurial ecosystem partners.
Rachael Brown, CEO, Cultural Enterprise Office
Rachael Brown is a leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality.
Rachael is currently Chief Executive at Cultural Enterprise Office. She is also a Leading member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland, Chairperson with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Board Director with Social Enterprise Scotland.
She previously spent over a decade at Impact Arts and has worked on joint ventures with the Scottish Government and leading agencies including Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. Rachael also completed Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship programme in 2015.
With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively supporting creative and social enterprises to deliver, grow, develop and sustain.
Cultural Enterprise Office, Nominator of Rachael Brown, said:
"Rachael continues to push boundaries, challenge the status quo and in doing so set the organisation on a trajectory of significant growth. Rachael’s flare, determination, energy and entrepreneurial spirit has enthused and emboldened her team."
Callum Murray, CEO, Amiqus
Callum Murray is a Royal Society of Edinburgh enterprise fellow and founding CEO of Amiqus, a tech start-up based in Leith and Cambridge with a mission to make civil justice accessible to everyone.
Following an initial business failure, Callum’s direction changed from the construction sector to technology. Quickly building a significant team around the value of making civil justice accessible.
Amiqus ID went from zero to beta in six months generating revenue 12 months later as an approved supplier to the Law Society of Scotland.
This year Amiqus has more than doubled in size, won Barclays ‘Start-up of the Year’ for Scotland & Northern Ireland, attracted investment from across the UK and the US and appointed former Standard Life Chief Executive Sir Sandy Crombie as their Chairman.
Future X Innovation, Nominator of Callum Murray, said:
"Callum has carefully curated a team of experts whose values orientated approach to running a
company informs every business decision and every interaction with their customers. Callum’s ability to keep a cool head in good times and bad, as well as his generosity in sharing what he’s learned along the way with the founders of other start-ups has been of huge benefit to Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem already."
Rebecca Pick, Founder & CEO, Pick Protection
Rebecca Pick founded Pick Protection in her third year of university after a neighbour was attacked and nobody came to help. She started Pick Protection originally to bring to market the next generation of personal protection.
As she learnt more about the market she realised lone worker protection is a major growth market with a lone worker being attacked every 9 minutes in the UK and legislation around this becoming increasingly stringent.
Pick Protection won ‘Best Undergraduate Business’ in the UK from Santander Universities and was the first undergraduate business to win a Converge Challenge Award in 2015. She also won Investing Women’s AccelerateHER pitch competition in 2017.The company has been featured in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, on Sky News and other publications.
Rebecca graduated with a business degree from the University of Strathclyde two years ago and Pick Protection has now raised £1m in funding allowing the business to bring together a strong team and develop the next generation of Lone Worker Protection.
Converge Challenge, Nominator of Rebecca Pick, said:
"Rebecca is a young, ambitious and creative individual with a truly entrepreneurial mind-set.
During her degree course, she identified an opportunity to solve a real problem for students and lone workers. Since winning the Converge Challenge, she has raised over £800,000 investment, partnered with Unipart Security and has built a strong team."
Craig Robertson, Founder and Managing Director, Epipole Limited
Craig is the founder of a company which delivers useful and life changing innovation in the area of health technology.
Craig is an expert in vision systems, algorithm development and mathematical problem solving. He founded Epipole in 2011.
In late 2015 Epipole won the Higgs EDGE Award, an award aimed at engineering, science or technology based businesses who have a product, or product under development, which is scalable and capable of globalisation. In previous lives he was a post doctoral academic researcher, a research engineer and has also been a hard core C programmer for over 30 years. He has a fantastic wife and two inspirational children.
Scottish Edge, Nominator of Craig Robertson, said:
"Craig is hugely motivated and to date has invested just under £1 million to get four products market ready; compared to the industry average of one medical device in seven years at a cost of £20m. His progress is truly remarkable."