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Improvement Academy

 

Check out our curriculum of improvement courses and events by accessing the Improvement Academy Course Planner.

 

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd. (SHIL)

http://www.shil.co.uk/

  • SHIL works in partnership with NHS Scotland to identify, protect, develop and commercialise new ideas and innovations from healthcare professionals.

 

Undergraduates

 

Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE)  

 

 http://www.sie.ac.uk/

  • Funded by both SE and SFC, the organisation aims to motivate and churn out the next generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland.

  • SIE runs networking events, competitions and also provide 1-2-1 business support through their regional business advisors.

  • They support undergraduate students and graduates 2 years post-graduation.

 

Young Enterprise (students) 

 

https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/

  • A charity that equips students aged 5-30 with entrepreneurial skills. They run a number of programmes that allow students to run a business for a number of months in order to allow them to gain various skills.

 

Postgraduates

 

Enterprise campus (postgraduates)

 

http://www.enterprisecampus.org.uk/

  • Support students that want to start a business in Scotland.

  • They give business plan feedback, IP support and run events and business clinics.

     

Research

 

Royal Society of Edinburgh - RSE personal research fellowship 

https://www.rse.org.uk/awards/rse-personal-research-fellowships/

  • “Aims to provide outstanding researchers, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career.”

  • It’s open to researchers with 2-6 years postdoc experience in a number of fields including medical and biological disciplines.

  • A number of funds are available to reflect the salary that the individual could be making. It ranges from £25,000-£46,000, however other support funds are available.

  • RSE will help individuals with IP and patenting.

     

Scottish Enterprise: SMART SCOTLAND

https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/services/develop-new-products-and-services/smart-scotland/overview

  • Provides grants to SME’s based in Scotland. The purpose of the grant is to provide the business with support to undertake research and development projects that have a commercial output.

  • Projects must last between 6-36 months and the maximum grant available is £600,000 but individual companies have to demonstrate financial input from other sources.

 

All

 

Scotland can do SCALE

http://www.cando.scot/scale/

  • Funded by SE, HIE, SFC.

  • One of a kind programme that runs in partnership with MIT (Bill Aulet) and  Noam Wasserman (previously at Harvard, now USC).

  • The programme is based on the book ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ which is delivered through the online course as well as the 5 day residential summer school which has taken place in Stirling each year since its inception in 2015.

 

Elevator

http://www.elevatoruk.com/

  • Social Enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship by providing support to business leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • They run an accelerator programme which supports start up or scale businesses.

  • They offer entrepreneurs with a hub that they can work in and go through the processes of a starting a business.

     

Business gateway

http://www.bgateway.com/

  • Offer a variety of business support in terms of writing a business plan, market research and protecting your intellectual property.

 

Scottish Enterprise

https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/

  • Scotland’s main economic development agency and they focus on creating sustainable economic growth in the country.

  • Offer a number of support, financially as well as through Account Managers.

  • They also offer a lot of advice regarding IP and patents.

 

Entrepreneurial spark

http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/

  • They offer an accelerator programme for people looking to either start a business or are looking to expand. The programme lasts for 6 months and is open to all businesses at any stage of growth.

  • They provide a lot of materials; computers, software, broadband, desks, phones and mentors that provide support regarding IP and patenting.

  • Hubs are available in Edinburgh and Glasgow - applications are currently open.

 

Scottish Funding Council   

Innovation Centres

http://www.innovationcentres.scot/

  • Run Innovation Centres that help both small and large businesses increase their pace on innovation.

  • They collaborate with 8 organisations, more relevantly; the Digital Health and Care Institute, IBioIc, The Data Lab and Stratified Medicine.

 

Scottish Edge

https://scottishedge.com/

Scottish Edge was launched to offer support to motivated entrepreneurs that are looking for practical support as well as funding.

  • Higgs Edge - aimed at entrepreneurs that have a business that is using cutting edge technology within the following sectors: science, technology and engineering. The company has the chance of winning an award of up to £150,000.

  • Wild Card Edge - special category award given to a business with a WOW factor.

  • Young Edge - competition which offers the chance to win up to £10,000 and it is aimed at entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years old.

     

Bright Idea Scotland

https://www.brightideascotland.com/

  • Help Scotland based inventors identify and confirm the commercial potential of their ideas.

  • Help with non-legal advice such as patents, licencing and trade-marks.

  • They also have an Inventor’s checklist to help individuals and businesses have a general idea of what apply for patenting requires.

  • It is generally the first point of contact with people that have an idea.

     

Gov

https://www.gov.uk/browse/business

  • Individuals and businesses can apply for a patent on their website.

  • Great website for finding out basic information for starting a business.

 

Centre of Entrepreneurship Dundee

Venture 2017

https://www.dundee.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/venture2017/

  • “Venture 2017 is an exciting £25k new business idea competition for University of Dundee Students, Staff and Recent Alumni (graduated last 2 years) with 6 prize fund categories.”

 

Established professionals

 

Entrepreneurial Scotland

Saltire Fellowship (all)

 https://www.entrepreneurialscotland.com/saltire-fellowship

  • For people that are looking to get more from their careers and are looking to learn more from international business leaders.

  • Individuals applying must be ambitious and generally have a great work history.

  • Individuals on the programme will have the chance to spend time in Babson College, Boston for 8 weeks and a chance to spend time in Silicon Valley with Entrepreneurs and investors.