Anna Renouf, an Environmental Science student from the University of the Highlands & Islands and founder of Orrin Equestrian, was awarded the Converge Challenge 2016 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for demonstrating drive, focus and determination throughout the Converge process.
She was shortlisted as part of the Converge Challenge Top 30 for her pioneering new saddle that offers superior fit and improvements for horse welfare, and was crowned the 60-second pitch winner at our Elevator Pitch event in June. Anna accepted her Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, which was voted for by her peers, at the Awards Dinner in September.
“I found the whole Converge Challenge experience a very beneficial and rewarding journey. The wealth of knowledge and guidance that is on offer from Converge team has really helped to shape and move my business idea forward to the next stage.”
Anna’s journey began in 2015, winning UHI’s Business Ideas Competition, CREATE Highland for Most Innovative Idea and Best Engineering and Technology Idea and a Scottish EDGE – Young EDGE prize. In 2016, she secured first prize at the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Fresh Ideas awards.
“Since winning the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, I have been working on developing my design. The funds I received from the award have allowed me to move my project closer to the finalised design. The plans for Orrin Equestrian Products in 2017, will be to apply for SMART Scotland funding If successful this will allow us to take the project through the trial and testing stage and allow a fully working model to be produced.”