THREE entrepreneurs from Musselburgh-based Queen Margaret University (QMU) have made it through to the semi-finals of this year’s Converge Challenge.

The competition, supported by the Scottish Funding Council, is open to staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish universities who have entrepreneurial ideas but need some support to get them off the ground.

The successful trio – postgraduate students Martin Craig and Keren McKean, and senior lecturer Fiona McLean – will now attend online training surgeries, after which they will submit their business plan for judging by August 6.

Martin is an MA Arts Festival and Cultural Management postgraduate. His business, Sculpture Placement Group, is a semi-finalist in the Converge Creative category.

Keren, another Arts Festival and Cultural Management postgraduate student, is through to the semi-finals in the Creative section with her business We Make Music Work (WMMW).

Fiona, a senior lecturer in occupational therapy and art therapy, is in the semi-finals of the Converge Impact category with a proposal to develop an online educational module to enhance the expertise of health professionals who work with people living with dementia.

Miriam Smith, business development manager at QMU, said: “I am incredibly proud of Martin, Keren and Fiona for reaching this stage of the competition.

"Their businesses are innovative and inspired.”