Finalists for the 2nd Scottish SME Business Awards announced

The finalists for this year’s Scottish SME Business Awards have been announced after nominations surged in from across Scotland. The awards not only provide a platform and an opportunity to recognise and reward the talented…

From left - Sydney Chasin, current RSE Fellow and Founder of The Healthy Crop and Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Business and Innovation Minister

£4m Unlocking Ambition Challenge programme launched for Scottish entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for a brand new cutting-edge entrepreneurial support scheme. The £4m Unlocking Ambition Challenge is delivered by key stakeholders from Scotland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as part of the Scotland CAN DO initiative, backed…

Paula Skinner

Scottish law firm teams up with crowdfunding platform

Law firm, Harper Macleod has teamed up with equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, to target the huge potential for growth in the sector north of the Border. The two organisations have launched a Strategic Partnership to target…

‘Maserati 100’ celebrates British entrepreneurial innovators with new public vote

To launch the 2018 ‘Maserati 100’, in association with the Sunday Times, which in its fourth year continues to recognise the valuable contribution Britain’s entrepreneurs are making to the economy, Maserati has this year opened nominations up to the…

Monika Tomecka of uFraction8

Feeling inspired by Ambition and Growth – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

"You're on a desert island with your fellow dragons - which one do you eat first?"  Jenny Campbell, Dragon's Den's newest member and headline speaker at last night's Investing Women awards dinner, laughed.  "We'd probably…

Jackie Waring

Female entrepreneurs secure international investment trips as they win AccelerateHER Awards

Six Scottish-based female entrepreneurs rounded off International Woman’s Day yesterday by securing an opportunity to promote their businesses to members of the global investment community. The female-led businesses uFraction8; CogniHealth; TeqNox; Cascade Water Products; IntelliDigest…

Martina Zupan

Edinburgh Napier graduate on fast track to success after funding boost

An Edinburgh Napier graduate is paving the way for low-carbon innovation after being accepted into a prestigious Europe-wide programme. Martina Zupan, who studied product design at the University before setting up her own business aimed…

Left to right are Callum Murray of Amiqus and Marisa Carroll of Denholm (by Anastasia Banks)

Amiqus and Denholm link up on data protection

Amiqus Resolution Ltd, the Edinburgh-headquartered startup that develops software that makes it easier for people to access professional services, has secured a partnership with Denholm that will see the specialist marketing recruitment and C-suite headhunting…

Raquel Wing

Entrepreneur launches world’s first accelerator for clean beauty start-ups

A new Scottish-based beauty accelerator for natural start-up beauty brands has launched this week, aiming to support emerging companies in this rapidly growing sector of the beauty industry and create a new standard of ‘clean…

WES chair Lynne Cadenhead

Women’s Enterprise Scotland calls for end of gender gap in enterprise

In the run up to International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 th March), Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) is calling for concerted action to end the gender gap in enterprise. The call is part of a campaign,…

Sydney Chasin, founder of The Healthy Crop

Edinburgh Napier entrepreneur launches alternative to popcorn brand

An Edinburgh Napier entrepreneur is making a big bang in the healthy foods market with her new alternative to popcorn. Sydney Chasin – founder of The Healthy Crop – has officially launched her lil’POP snack…

Sir Tom Hunter with Brewdog founder James Watt at FutureX Startup Summit 2017

The Hunter Foundation partners with new FutureX Impact Summit

The Hunter Foundation has pledged three years of financial support for the Impact Summit, the latest project from Leith-based startup FutureX, the team behind Scotland’s Startup Summit, at which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced £4 million…

Steven Morris

Investment firm wants to invest in more female led entrepreneurs

The founder and CEO of an investment firm has announced that they will actively look to invest in more female-led technology projects within the £25 million Capital Growth Fund for scale-up's the company will be launching later this year. …

The 16 semi-finalists (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)

Ambition category winners announced for 2018 AccelerateHER Awards

Six up and coming businesses led by Scottish-based female entrepreneurs have been honoured in the Ambition category of this year’s AccelerateHER Awards. The women receive a £500 cash prize for their business and a complimentary…

From left - Chris van der Kuyl, John Robertson, Director, Robertson Collaborate and Amanda Robertson, MD Stoneridge Electronics

Entrepreneurial Scotland launches 2018 Conference with drive for global thinking

A stellar line-up of international speakers will share their expertise and knowledge at the Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference on Thursday 26 April 2018. The theme of this year’s event at Gleneagles Hotel is ‘Global Mindset’ and focuses…

Chris Horne

KickStart debuts in Scotland with cash for young entrepreneurs

Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs are being urged to enter a competition that offers substantial cash and mentoring support, and which has just launched in Scotland for the first time. The KickStart project, which is…

From left - Nadeem Sarwar of Organised Health Technologies and Andrew Holloway of Johnston Carmichael

Scotland is ‘Talking Tech’ with support from Johnston Carmichael

*Please note that day one (Today 1st March 2018)  of this event has been cancelled. Please check with the organisers about day two and three.* Historically a pioneer and entrepreneurial powerhouse, Scotland has entered a…

Nicola Sturgeon

Publicly-owned investment bank takes one step closer

A Scottish National Investment Bank is one step closer, following the publication of the implementation plan. Developed by Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank, the plan has recommendations covering the remit, governance, operating model and…

Bill Aulet

Apply now to SCALE up at residential business school

Applications are now open for up to 50 ambitious entrepreneurs eager for business growth to learn from one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurs. Professor Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship…

Alex Bayliss

Cairngorm Capital Partners appoints joint Managing Directors

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP (Cairngorm Capital) has promoted both Alex Bayliss and John Naylor-Leyland to Managing Director. This is in recognition of their significant contributions to the growth and success that Cairngorm Capital has achieved…

Ryan McIntyre: Professionally designed slides can make or break your presentation – here’s why

Humans are visual creatures so there are certain dos and don'ts to avoid what is known as ‘Death by PowerPoint’. When we say PowerPoint these days we are including all the other presentation software packages…

Simon Hunter, owner of Simon Says Dance

When Simon Says Dance… – High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister (Video exclusive)

I have another exclusive this week! Simon Hunter, owner of Simon Says Dance, lets me in to his brand new six-studio dance academy in South Edinburgh. It’s opening in a few weeks and will be…

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock: Funding your startup in desperate times

Pretty much everything written about funding your startup - especially VC and equity investment - assumes you have two things: 1) Time - at least 6 months before you run out of cash 2) Money - as…

The 16 semi-finalists (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)

Finalists announced for 2018 AccelerateHER Awards

Nine female-led companies representing Tayside, Falkirk, Glasgow and Edinburgh have been shortlisted as Growth category finalists for this year’s AccelerateHER Awards. They include Dundee-based on-line diabetes management support business, My Diabetes My Way; Cascade Water…

Cally Russell

Mallzee raises a further £1.9m and welcomes fashion retail expert to the board

Marketplace app and retail analytics firm, Mallzee, has raised a further £1.9 million taking total funding to £5 million. This latest round will support accelerated sales of its unique data insights offering, Product Future aimed…