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Did you get the invite? Students – of all Scottish unis, degree levels, disciplines, and fitness levels – have the chance to spend the summer in Bootcamp developing an awesome business or social enterprise. Hey, this summer could change your life! Get your parents off your back, stop wondering ‘what if I…’, and get your applications in by 9am FRIDAY (via www.sie.ac.uk/bootcamp) if you are interested. Details below:

This summer, do something different. All students at Scottish higher education institutions are invited to apply for a place on SIE’s Bootcamp 10, an intensive entrepreneurial training programme that gives you the unique opportunity to take your idea for a new venture from concept to creation in a summer. (more…)

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Most of the year, talk of prizes and awards means a chance for startups and entrepreneurs to gain recognition. Right now though, the tables are turning. There are many folks in the university community who go above and beyond for all of us, with guidance and advice that rarely gets proper acknowledgement. They give up countless evenings, weekends and lunch hours to organise workshops, listen to your problems, help you with your plan/pitch, and make sure we have all the resources we need (beer, pizza, floor space, tech equipment, market research, business contacts, you name it) to make our dreams come true.

SIE is now giving us the chance to recognise and thank the people who help make starting a business that much easier and smoother. I can think of so many worthy recipients of the following award, and encourage you to take half an hour out of your busy schedule in the next week to nominate someone who has made a difference to you. You have until 9am Monday 8th March (aka Sunday night)… I have posted the application questions below – email your answers to a.ives@sie.ac.uk.   (more…)

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Scottish Institute for EnterpriseEvery year, the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) places a few keen students in every higher education institution in Scotland to discuss and promote entrepreneurship amongst the student community. The 40ish strong team markets the services and events offered by the Universities and SIE such as mentoring, workshops, competitions, talks, and other seminars. (more…)

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Scotland has much support to offer for entrepreneurs and other would-be entrepreneurs. Here’s a selection:

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