Scotland has much support to offer for entrepreneurs and other would-be entrepreneurs. Here’s a selection:
- SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise) – http://www.sie.ac.uk/
- EPIS (Edinburgh Pre-Incubation Scheme) – http://www.epis.org.uk/
- Launch.Ed – http://www.launch.ed.ac.uk/
- Business Gateway – http://www.bgateway.com/
- PSYBT (Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust) – http://www.psybt.org.uk/
- ICASS (Innovators Counselling and Advisory Service for Scotland) – http://www.icass.co.uk/
- EDTC (ED Technology Support Centre) – http://www.e-design-scotland.org.uk/
- Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce – http://www.edinburghchamber.co.uk/
- Saltire Foundation – http://www.saltirefoundation.com/
Some of these organisations target a specific kind of entrepreneurs. PSYBT for example is able to help young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 25. Once their requirements are fulfilled, they have financial grants available. SIE helps higher education students, and recent graduates. EPIS and Launch are focused on Edinburgh University staff and students, whilst Business Gateway is a UK broad organisation open to pretty much anyone.
There are also other groups and societies where entrepreneurs and other inspired people can be found: the Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Club (E-Club) run by the Edinburgh Business School is one of those. About twice a month, they have talks given by entrepreneurs, either local or somehow connected to the Silicon Valley. People such as Bill Juice, Alison Van Diggelen, and Randy Haykin.
Update: As Doug Richard one day said: “In Scotland, you can pick a stone and throw it in any direction, you will hit somebody trying to help you start a business”. Thanks to Ian for his help, added ICASS, EDTC, the chambers of Commerce, and the Saltire Foundation.