School of Social and Political Science

SPS graduates recognised by Scottish Edge for their innovative, sustainable start-ups


Two start-ups founded by School of Social and Political Science (SPS) graduates have received awards from Scottish EDGE 2023, a funding competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent.  

The start-ups - CEXAL and Planner Bee VA Services - were within the £10k Young EDGE category, for managing directors under the age of 30. 

CEXAL identifies harmful organic and inorganic compounds with very accurate rapid test kits that are environmentally and clinically safe. The business’s aim is to harness the power of biology to make molecular testing truly accessible and affordable to the people who most need it. The founder of CEXAL, Matteo Cese, is a graduate of the MSc in Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (BIG) at SPS, and the business is based out of The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre. 

Planner Bee VA Services, founded by Sociology graduate Maya Vertigans, supports sustainable and ethical businesses to make a buzz with their digital marketing. To date, Planner Bee VA Services has helped more than 30 companies to juggle benefitting the environmental with running a successful business. 

The start-ups were among 38 Scottish businesses with high-growth potential to receive a share of £1.5million from Scottish EDGE. The award-giving ceremony took place on 29 November in Glasgow.  

Read the full story on the Scottish Edge website.