THE 2016 winners of the Converge Challenge, the Scottish company creation competition, were announced at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh last night.

The first place prize, which includes £43,000 in cash and £28,000 worth of business support, was jointly awarded to MindMate and MicroSense Technologies. MindMate led by Susanne Mitchske of University of Glasgow is an assistance platform for people with dementia, their caregivers and family members.

MicroSense, led by professor Marc Desmulliez of Heriot-Watt University, a service company based on a microwave-based sensor system for the food and drink industry.