Evelyn McDonald is the CEO of Scottish EDGE. Previously run by Scottish Enterprise for four rounds, Evelyn oversaw the spin out of the competition in Autumn 2014 to the private sector led Scottish EDGE C.I.C funded by the Hunter Foundation, RBS, Scottish Government, and private donors. To date Scottish EDGE has awarded over £15 million to 395 businesses in Scotland. The introduction of lending to the winners in Round 5 – Scottish EDGE prizes are now 70:30 loan and grant – has created a revolving loan fund to support future applicants. In addition, the small team of six, plus a Scottish Enterprise secondee, have introduced alumni events, training, a business support package to winners and the innovative EDGE Pledge.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Investment, Leadership, Organisational change