Edinburgh mumtrepreneur’s business idea goes from incident to invention in 12 months

In a short few months Edinburgh based mumtrepreneur Lucy Bostock has created a business and a children’s safety product which has won a national award for innovation from the Baby Product Association. The idea for…

Professor Heather McGregor

Edinburgh Business School launches entrepreneurial MBA

Edinburgh Business School, the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University in the UK, is launching a full-time one-year MBA programme with a focus on entrepreneurship. This unique programme, which will run from September 2017,…

Photo courtesy Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

World’s biggest green ideas competition comes to Scotland

The world’s biggest green business ideas competition – with cash prizes of up to €10,000 – has been launched in Scotland by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). ClimateLaunchpad, which offers dedicated Boot Camps…

launch of the Converge Challenge 2017

University entrepreneurs revealed for Converge Challenge 2017

Converge Challenge 2017, Scotland’s leading company creation competition and entrepreneurial development programme for staff, students, and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes has revealed this year’s top 60 ‘Converge Challengers’. The three Converge…

Nadeem Sarwar

Organised Health secures £150k investment for prescription delivery platform

Digital Health startup, Organised Health Technologies Ltd, has secured investment worth £150,000 and a multimillion pound valuation from a Scottish Angel Investor. This funding is in addition to the £500,000 of bank funding that Organised…

The participants in LaunchMe, Scotland’s only social enterprise accelerator programme.

Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator programme launched

The latest successful participants in LaunchMe, Scotland’s only social enterprise accelerator programme have been unveiled. Eight ambitious social enterprises - ranging from Scotland’s first all-female construction company to a project tackling dementia by language teaching…

Derek Mackay

New boost for Scotland’s digital tech sector

A new Scottish Government-run accelerator programme will revolutionise how technology led businesses work with the public sector. Following a successful pilot, CivTech®  aims to match digital tech innovators – typically start-ups and SMEs - with…

KPMG launches Enterprise Financing offering

KPMG has launched a new service offering aimed at assisting small and medium-sized businesses looking to raise debt finance up to £10m. KPMG’s Enterprise Financing offering will complement the firm’s extensive debt advisory expertise and…

(Left to right) Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor (Education); Marie Macklin C.B.E., Director of The HALO Kilmarnock; Kathryn Wittneben; Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor; Johnny Mone, Head of Enterprise Services, UWS

The HALO signs MoU with UWS for Enterprise & Innovation Hub

The HALO Kilmarnock Limited (The HALO) and The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at creating a ground breaking Enterprise and Innovation Hub as part of the…

Sir Ian Wood

Scotland’s billionaires revealed in Scotland’s Rich List

The ten richest individuals and families in Scotland have a combined wealth of £14.715billion,  an increase of 9% in the past twelve months, according to the latest Sunday Times ‘Rich List’. The Grant-Gordon family is still…

Women’s cycle and outdoor clothing brand opens first retail outlet

FINDRA, the women’s cycle and outdoor clothing brand, is to open their first retail space in Innerleithen on the Scottish Borders. This Scottish brand has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2014…

left to right are Amanda Day, Chris Hughes, Shaf Rasul, Leo Kameni, and Vicky Hamilton

Scots businessman launches University’s £25k PropTech Innovation Challenge

Scots businessman Shaf Rasul is inviting budding entrepreneurs of tomorrow to take up the ‘PropTech Innovation Challenge’ in partnership with the University of Strathclyde – and stake a claim to £25,000 in start-up funding. Mr…

World Class business growth training event launched this week

The Scotland Can Do SCALE 2017 summer school was launched today (Wednesday 3rd May 2017) and this year is seeking ambitious innovative entrepreneurs who want to scale up their business. Everyone taking part will be supported…

Francesca Russell

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards have extended to include Edinburgh for the first time

With a new three-year partnership with NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark, the organisers have been able to extend the coverage of the Entrepreneur Awards across the UK and ceremonies will now be held in five cities…

Annie Graham

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Scotland finalists announced

The leaders of 21 of Scotland’s most dynamic businesses, from East Kilbride to Aberdeen, have been listed as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Scotland 2017 programme. Between them, they have a combined…

Left to right - Barry Sealey and Mike Rutterford founders of Archangels Pic credit - Robert Perry

Archangels Celebrates Quarter of a Century of Investing

Over 180 investors and entrepreneurs will gather tonight (Tuesday, 25th April, 2017) to celebrate a quarter of a century of early stage investing by business angel syndicate, Archangels. The invited guests will hear that the syndicate…

Scottish investment Oct 16 - March 17

March funding deals down slightly on February peak

Welcome to our new monthly feature focussing on the Scottish investment sector, brought to you in partnership with Beauhurst, the platform that shares rich information on UK based high-growth companies. 31% of Scottish investments during…

Phil Holt: Online tools to improve client communication

  If you are involved in project management, there are a number of collaborative tools you can use to improve communication between your project teams and clients. Trello for project management and client support Trello…

Mark Cavanagh (right) who has acquired Oil Plus beside the company’s managing director Kevin Murray.

Aberdeen entrepreneur acquires Oil Plus

An Aberdeen-based energy industry entrepreneur has snapped up Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist oil and gas consultancy based in Berkshire, south England. Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, acquired the business from John Crane…

Scotland House

Business innovation and investment hub Scotland House opens in London

Scotland’s latest Innovation and Investment Hub, Scotland House, has officially opened in London with more than 450 businesses registering their interest in becoming members in the first few weeks. Aimed at helping ambitious Scottish companies…

Left to right are David Grahame (LINC Scotland), Steve Ewing (Informatics Ventures) and Bob Hair (Cazenove Capital)

Informatics Ventures signs up Cazenove Capital

Technology entrepreneur support programme, Informatics Ventures, has signed deals with Cazenove Capital and LINC Scotland which will see the wealth manager and angel association back the annual ‘Engage Invest Exploit’ (EIE) programme and investor showcase…

Ross and Kristen Hunter of Whisky Frames

Entrepreneurial spirit secures barrels of success for Rosewell couple

An artisan business that was started as a hobby has secured 80 new stockists in the past two months, including a leading Australian department store. Kristen and Ross Hunter, of Rosewell-based Whisky Frames, began crafting…

Diane Holden

Diane Holden: Can apps help grow your business?

Guest column by Diane Holden, senior account manager at Xero. Running a successful business? There’s an app for that. The age of the app is well and truly upon us - entrepreneurs can now automate…

Amazon Academy comes to Scotland to help Scottish SMEs succeed in the global digital economy

The first ever Amazon Academy in Scotland takes place on Tuesday 23rd May at the EICC in Edinburgh. The free one-day event features keynote presentations and workshops from experts and entrepreneurs alike to give practical…

Angela Constance

£3m funding for social entrepreneurs

A scheme to encourage the launch of new companies that benefit and involve communities has seen annual funding double to £1 million for each of the next three years. The Social Entrepreneurs Fund offers grants…

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