Magnus Johnston, Lead Partner in the firm’s Glasgow office, said: “We are thrilled to play our part in supporting and developing Scotland’s next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs via our involvement with Converge as their exclusive Intellectual Property partner. We are also looking forward to working alongside an impressive roster of industry partners. Good luck to all the applicants!”
HLK is proud to announce its new partnership with Converge – Scotland’s largest company creation and enterprise programme for the university sector. Created to bridge the gap from business ideation to commercialisation, Converge has supported 500 entrepreneurs and the creation of more than 300 companies since it launched in 2011. The 2022 Converge programme promises to be bigger than ever, with new categories and more places, with the largest prize pot available in its 11-year history.
Applications for the 2022 Converge programme opened recently and, through the new link with Converge, HLK will be providing IP support to successful applicants as they seek to take their business concepts through to commercial realisation.
The partnership with Converge continues HLK’s long-standing record of supporting some of the leading UK and global universities in their quest to protect and realise the commercial value of their research and innovation. It also demonstrates the firm’s commitment to supporting the Scottish universities sector, their spinouts and start-ups creating a positive impact for Scotland.
Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo, Executive Director of Converge commented: “We are delighted to welcome HLK to Converge as our latest professional partner. The innovations and ideas we see coming out of the Scottish Universities through the Converge programme can be truly ground-breaking and need solid intellectual property protection and advice. We look forward to working with the team at HLK as we give Scotland’s dynamic seedling organisations a launchpad for growth at a pivotal time in their development. The breadth of expertise within HLK will ensure that all of our participants – no matter what sector or size – will benefit from expert advice on this most important topic for new businesses.”