A Dundee-based start-up business, Just Venue, has won £50,000 and a business support package as part of Scottish EDGE - Scotland’s leading business competition for innovative, high growth potential entrepreneurial talent.
Founded by Jamie Shankland, Just Venue takes the core social economy concept and applies it to the event booking industry. Customers will have the opportunity to book a wide variety of spaces directly from owners and venue managers.
Just Venue is an online platform that aims to socialise event space booking, by connecting event hosts and organisers with space owners andmanagers. The business was one of twenty Scottish EDGE finalists who pitched their business idea live at Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre on 29th May to a panel of business heavyweights made up of: Jim McColl OBE of Clyde Blowers, Steve Dunlop of Scottish Enterprise, Simon Hannah of Filshill, Maeve McMahon of Royal Bank of Scotland and Carol Beattie of Stirling Council. During the intense final, the judges deliberated over the various pitches before declaring 11 of the businesses winners.
Twenty-five businesses in total received funding of just under £1m as part of the Scottish EDGE’s twelfth competition round, which launched in February of this year.Scottish EDGE, which looks to support Scotland’s innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent, received almost 250 applications for the current competition round. Jamie was presented with his award by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP. Announcing the award on Thursday evening, Scottish EDGE COO, Steven Hamill, said;
“Just Venue Holding’s business idea was born out of a desire to help those in need. Through his experience of struggling to find a venue for his friend’s sister who is in a wheelchair, Jamie came up with the inspiring idea to create an online platform for sourcing venues.”
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