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Law students challenged to think innovatively during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Law students at Edinburgh Napier University were given the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and get an insight into the mindset of future clients in recent workshops run by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

Following similar successful workshops with legal diploma students in Glasgow University, SIE were invited to Edinburgh Napier University to run two workshops during Global Entrepreneurship Week (13 – 20 Nov).

At the workshop on Nov 18th, students were presented with a problem and came up with business ideas that would address it. They then had to pitch their ideas to a judging panel, including judges from legal firms Morton Fraser, Anderson Strathern, and Bright Red Triangle, Edinburgh Napier University’s student enterprise support unit.

The rationale behind the workshops comes from the Scottish Governments CAN DO initiative to increase Scotland’s entrepreneurial activity, and the growing need to connect law with some of the skills and mindsets associated with innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ann Davidson, Enterprise Programme Director at SIE, explained:

“What we want to do is allow them to experience how an entrepreneur acts and thinks and help them appreciate that from their future clients perspective. As lawyers they will be part of the ecosystem in Scotland that supports our entrepreneurs, so it’s important that they have an understanding of that experience so that they’ll be able to support them effectively. They will also benefit from innovative thinking which will help them progress their careers in their new firms.”

Dr Richard Whitecross, lecturer in Law at Edinburgh Napier University, continued:

“The students have had an excellent experience and this opportunity is one of a number of activities where we encourage engagement with enterprise at Edinburgh Napier to help students develop additional skills and stand out after graduation.”

Nick Fannin, panel judge and Head of Bright Red Triangle, said:

“There were some really impressive ideas being pitched, showing that innovation is not just for entrepreneurs. Students need to develop an enterprising mindset if they are going to thrive in whatever they do after university.”

Law students in Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier participated in the workshops, with more planned across Scotland in 2016.

Pictured: Edinburgh NapierUniversity students with lecturer, Richard Whitecross and judges from AndersonStrathern, Morton Fraser and Bright Red Triangle.

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