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Carol Smillie joins list of speakers at SIE Student Enterprise Summit!

The SIE Student Enterprise Summit returns to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 23 March 2016 with an excellent line-up of speakers, including TV presenter Carol Smillie who will be speaking to students about her own entrepreneurial venture, DiaryDoll.

SIE is the national organisation for promoting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s universities and colleges. Every year it runs a busy programme of national competitions, enterprise workshops and events, supporting many students to start their own businesses, and many more to develop enterprise skills that will enhance their career prospects.

The annual SIE summit has been a fixture in the student entrepreneurial calendar since 2004, and provides an opportunity for hundreds of students from across Scotland to be inspired by established entrepreneurs, and the fantastic enterprise support community that exists for them in Scotland.

An employability panel will share their insights into the attributes employers are looking for in new graduates and the value of gaining enterprise skills, and a fantastic exhibition space will showcase early stage entrepreneurs and organisations within the Scotland CANDO support network.

Carole Smillie joins a long list of high profile speakers who have spoken at SIE summits over the years, who include Sir Tom Hunter, Gareth Williams (Skyscanner), Nigel Eccles (Fanduel), Tessa Hartmann (Scottish Fashion Awards), Kanya King MBE (MOBO Awards), Petra Wetzal (WEST Brewery), Shaf Rasul (BBC’s Dragon’s Den) and many more.

In 2016 she will be sharing the stage with Andrew Dobbie (MadeBrave), Justene Ewing (The Digital Health & Care Institute), Becky Woodhouse (PURE Spa and Beauty) and Christopher McCann (Snap40).

The summit is also an opportunity to celebrate the finalists of SIE’s Fresh Ideas and New Ventures student enterprise competitions, which this year received a record number of entries. The winners of both competitions will be announced on stage and receive their prizes, including a top prize for New Ventures of £10,000 from Bank of Scotland.

Speaking about the summit, Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise said:

“We’re very excited to have Carol on board this year and she joins an excellent lineup of speakers. Our summit is designed for students ranging from those who have a business idea they want to pursue, to those who might just want to find out more about what they can do to enhance their careers. We’ve packed a lot into one day, so attendees can have their questions answered and leave full of inspiration, ready to take the next steps!”

Online booking opens today (08 February) from with a special early bird rate and includes free return transport for students from central locations.

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