Alternative to armband product Turtle Pack floating on cloud 9 after scooping Scottish Edge Prize of £100,000.
Alternative armband company Turtle Pack were very much expecting to wake up from a dream today, a dream about winning the top prize at the Scottish Edge final The prize is a mind-blowing £100,000. In fact, the dream was so good, Turtle Pack also won £10,000 from the Wildcard Edge. It made us the 2nd highest prize winner of the evening! The dream of dreams for a Scottish start-up company in its infancy.
However…all of that is not a dream. It’s all real. Turtle Pack really did win £100,000 last night. When we woke up, it was hard to believe what happened. Turtle pack really did win the Scottish Edge final. Along with the additional Wildcard Edge money of £10,000. We were indeed the 2nd highest prize winner of the evening. We are still pinching ourselves about that, it has been hard for us to wrap our minds around it, to be honest.
Above is Michael shaking hands with the legendary Chris Van Der Kuyl, the creator of Minecraft. The judges on the evening, which included James Watt (Brewdog) were very impressed with our product and overall business. We genuinely can’t believe we have won!
Alternative armband company Turtle Pack WOW judges at Scottish Edge final.
The feedback we received on the night was incredible, such as:
Can I take Turtle Pack home for my little girl for when we go on holiday
You did a fantastic job Michael and we have every confidence you will be a huge success
Other judges on the night included Brian McBride (ASOS & Wiggle), Michael Crow (RBS) and Lynne Cadenhead (Women Enterprise Scotland). Below, Michael presented his Scottish Edge award by Livingston MP, Hannah Bardell.
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On the night, our very own Michael Harkins said:
I could not believe it, I was holding back tears of pure joy. I thought someone was going to wake me up from this incredible dream.
Turtle Pack also received some general feedback from the judges:
Michael and Corien were our top two standouts – adored by all the judges for being authentic, real and engaging
The judges overall were impressed by Michaels passion and enthusiasm. They thought Tiki was absolutely brilliant with all the ideas focusing around the cartoon character to engage with parents and of course children.
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Lastly and more importantly, thank you to everyone for the amazing support throughout our journey so far. We’re off to grab a beer!
Turtle Pack – Bringing children out of their shell.