|4 February 2016|

The shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards has been announced.

Interface, which is staging the awards in Edinburgh on Thursday, 25 February, received a bumper 60 entries competing to win one of five unique categories including Sustained Partnership, Outstanding Contribution, Multi Party, Building Skills and Innovation of the Year – all of which reward the various elements of business to academic collaboration.

In the Innovation of the Year category a partnership between cybersecurity start-up, Payfront Ltd, and Edinburgh Napier University has been shortlisted. Their partnership has led to the creation of an advanced cloud-based architecture which is robust, 100% secure and already receiving international attention.

This is just one of of many partnerships and collaborations shortlisted – across a range of industry sectors – in a model for growth that is paying dividends across Scotland.

Interface director, Siobhán Jordan, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number and calibre of entries to this inaugural celebration of all knowledge exchange partnerships in Scotland – it makes for a very exciting competition.

“They reflect the breadth and range of collaborations between businesses and organisations of all sizes with our leading academics.  These partnerships demonstrate the variety of ways in which businesses and academia are working together to develop products, test ideas and deliver new processes and services which can really make a difference to people’s lives and society.  Moreover the awards clearly demonstrate how knowledge exchange can enhance company growth and enable Scotland to be a world-leading entrepreneurial and enterprising nation.

“I would urge businesses from all sectors to attend the awards and see at first hand the benefits of collaborating with Scotland’s universities and research institutions.”

Please register for the awards online here.