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First Minister says 2016 is Year of Entrepreneurship

In the First Minister’s 2016 New Years Message, Nicola Sturgeon has emphasised the government’s commitment to enterprise and innovation, and wants to make 2016 the year of Entrepreneurship in Scotland.

Commenting on the message, Fiona Godsman, CEO of SIE, said:

“We are delighted to hear the First Minister speaking not just about the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to our society, but also the importance of a ‘can do’ attitude.

Over the past few years, we at the Scottish Institute for Enterprise have been working with many ambitious and entrepreneurial students and graduates, who want to make a positive impact on society. SIE, together with our partners, are helping them to achieve their ambitions and we are really excited about the future.”

In the last year alone, over 6000 students attended enterprise workshops run by SIE in universities and colleges. SIE also awarded over £115,000 to students entering their ideas into SIE’s business competitions.

Recent competition winners include:

Christopher McCann, who having won the Young Innovators Challenge and New Ventures competitions has gone on to considerable success with Snap40, a wearable health monitoring device for hospital patients.

James McIlroy and his team at EuroBiotix, also Young Innovators Challenge winners, followed this with wins at Young EDGE, Converge Challenge and received a “One to Watch” Award at the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards.

SIE wants to help students in Scotland achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions and help tackle some of the countries biggest challenges. 2016 promises to be an exciting year!

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