Success for entrepreneurs in Scotland
December 23, 2019
The 40 businesses participating in the First Minister’s flagship entrepreneurial development programme Unlocking Ambition have raised a total of £6.5m since its launch, new figures have revealed – with the majority gained from external funding.
Harnessing Scotland's entrepreneurial spirit
November 22, 2019
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, which sees over 10 million people in more than 170 countries connecting, learning from and inspiring each other to make a difference to society through enterprising thought and action. In a global context, Scotland’s reputation for fostering entrepreneurship is renowned, and we’re very fortunate to have an extensive and diverse network of support in Scotland that is driving this forward.
Nearly half of Scots adults have considered starting their own business
November 18, 2019
A survey commissioned by Unlocking Ambition to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (18-24 November) found that the majority of people (57%) think that Scotland is an entrepreneurial nation, with 49% of adults having considered starting their own business.
Young Enterprise Scotland and Unlocking Ambition team up to create entrepreneurship experience for students
November 12, 2019
Unlocking Ambition and Young Enterprise Scotland’s Bridge 2 Business programme have teamed up to launch ‘Unlocking Young Ambition’ that will give more than 30 college students the opportunity to meet and be personally mentored by a successful Scottish entrepreneur.
My week at the World’s #1 School for Entrepreneurship – Babson College in Boston – and the lifetime of learning that followed
October 22, 2019
Lynne Jhangeer of LINIAN, which supplies a patented, fire-safe clip for installing cabling in buildings, recently travelled to Babson College in Boston to take part in an intensive course aimed at developing entrepreneurial leadership skills. Part of a sixteen-strong cohort of Scotland-based entrepreneurs, including eight fellow Unlocking Ambition ambassadors, she reflects on her trip here.
Three things I learned in seven days at Babson College
October 22, 2019
Tadas Labudis is founder of Prodsight an AI-powered customer insight platform that helps companies improve their product and customer experience. He was among a cohort of Unlocking Ambition ambassadors who visited world-leading entrepreneurship school Babson College in Boston last month to develop new skills and build international connections. Here, he shares his key takeaways from the trip.
Scotland's next generation of business leaders head stateside
September 25, 2019
A cohort of 16 Scotland-based entrepreneurial leaders will travel to the States next week (1-8 October) to take part in a programme at Boston’s Babson College, the world’s number-one ranked school of entrepreneurship.
It’s Time To Unlock Young Ambition!
September 10, 2019
Bridge 2 Business has teamed up with the entrepreneurial Unlocking Ambition Challenge programme, delivered by Scottish Enterprise & Scotland CANDO, to create a new partnership that will focus on developing entrepreneurial skills in young people.
Business for Good – what does that actually mean?
August 15, 2019
What actually defines a business for good and how can we tell if a company claiming this really is doing what it says on the tin?
Back To Babson: A Fellow’s Reflections
July 17, 2019
After having embarked on the start of her entrepreneurial executive education journey at Babson College in 2014 as a Saltire Fellow with Entrepreneurial Scotland, Lisa Thomson, Founder and CEO of Purpose HR returned with Unlocking Ambition in May 2019 for some fresh learning to apply to the new challenges as her business scales.
Celebrating a Year of Unlocking Ambition
July 1, 2019
This month marks the completion of the first year of the Scotland CAN DO Unlocking Ambition Challenge so we thought it would be interesting to reflect on what’s been achieved during that time.
Britain’s Youngest CEO – Molly Rose
June 19, 2019
Hear how one of the Unlocking Ambition companies, The Start Up Drinks Lab, have been involved in supporting the UK’s youngest CEO – 9-year old Molly Rose to start to scale her lemonade business.
Lessons From Babson, Boston – No.1 For Entrepreneurship!
June 11, 2019
As a passionate learner, Paul Blackler of Drink Baotic was very keen to get out to Babson for the pure quality of the educational experience.
An Hour with Obama
April 18, 2019
In April 2019 Alan Mahon from Brewgooder was invited to represent Scotland at the Obama Foundation's Town Hall in Europe for leaders of the future. Here are his reflections on an hour spent with Barack Obama and the need to keep Scotland's voice being heard on the global stage.
Scottish Enterprise Unlocking Ambition 2018-19 Cohort Graduation
March 19, 2019
The 18th March saw the graduation of the inaugural Scottish Enterprise Unlocking Ambition cohort of 20 purpose-driven entrepreneurs at a hugely inspirational graduation celebration event with over 100 ecosystem friends and partners there to celebrate their success.
March 14, 2019
Hey Girls launch #Pads4Dads campaign with Hollywood actor and activist Michael Sheen.
MyWay Digital Health Win 2019 Women in Innovation Award
March 11, 2019
Nine pioneering female inventors, including the fantastic Debbie Wake from MyWay Digital Health, currently taking part on the Scottish Enterprise Unlocking Ambition programme have been recognised for innovations including responsive wheelchair seating and a new digital app for diabetes as part of the 2019 Women in Innovation Awards.
Making an Impact - IWD 2019
March 6, 2019
A focus on impact is coming to the fore of general consciousness and rather than just being a buzz word, a nice to do or something purely associated with social enterprises, it’s becoming clear that purpose and impact is everybody’s business.
CAN DO Fest 2019 is coming!
February 5, 2019
Running from 24th April – May 2019, CAN DO Fest is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the best of Scottish entrepreneurship showcased in a series of entrepreneurial events across the country.
New Convenor of CAN DO Ecosystem Forum announced
January 30, 2019
The Scotland CAN DO vision is based on the clear recognition that if we are to achieve sustainable economic growth, and create opportunities for everyone in Scotland to flourish, then we must work to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation together.
SE UA Account Team - Transforming the way we engage
January 29, 2019
How much do you know about the UA account team who have been working intensely behind the scenes to help make it happen and help these ambitious entrepreneurs access the very best of SE’s service delivery?
Top Takeaways from UA Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship Masterclass
January 22, 2019
The Scottish Enterprise Unlocking Ambition cohort have undertaken four Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship masterclasses throughout the UA programme, taking place in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, each showcasing how values-based business is good for business and how a human driven approach and focus on positive impact can drive scale and success.
SE Unlocking Ambition Programme 6 Month Review
December 17, 2018
The Unlocking Ambition programme is breaking new ground in the way entrepreneurial support is delivered in Scotland. The innovative programme, as announced by FM Nicola Sturgeon at the Start Up Summit in November 2017, is supporting 40 highly ambitious entrepreneurs over a 12 month intensive programme.
Unlocking Ambition Companies have the EDGE!
December 12, 2018
The nail biting Scottish EDGE Round 13 Final saw the biggest amount of growth funding awarded to innovative Scottish companies through the competition to date.
Unlocking Ambition Meets Deputy Mayor of London
December 11, 2018
Back in July #TeamBaotic announced that Paul was fortunate enough to be accepted onto a highly recognised program for high growth entrepreneurs direct from the First Ministers office, called Unlocking Ambition. What a name!
GlobalScots help Unlock Ambition
December 10, 2018
The SE Unlocking Ambition companies were lucky enough to meet with three GlobalScots for a GlobalScot Panel & Q&A as part of their Values-Based business international connections visit to London in November.
November 26, 2018
The Scottish Enterprise UA group recently spent a couple of days in London on an international connections visit and met with London & Partners, the Deputy Mayor for Business, Scotland House, a number of GlobalScots and more.
Are our Enterprise Agencies enterprising too?
November 14, 2018
Throughout my life I have always enjoyed taking on new challenges, whether it was setting up and running my own businesses or developing and implementing complex projects. I enjoy the newness of projects, businesses, learning new skills and doing things differently, with the goal of making a difference.
Two days with the Don of Doing Entrepreneurship – the Disciplined way
November 5, 2018
Last week, our Unlocking Ambition cohort spent two days with Bill Aulet, the Managing Director of MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and an all-round Don of business. Bill came over from Massachusetts to run his ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ workshop with us in Inverness.
A Masterclass in Disciplined Entrepreneurship
November 5, 2018
As part of the Unlocking Ambition Account Team for the Scottish Enterprise UA programme, I was lucky enough to participate alongside the companies on the in Disciplined Entrepreneurship masterclass led by MIT’s Bill Aulet in Inverness on the 3-4th October 2018.