We’ve come to the end of the 2015-16 academic year and what a busy year it’s been! This week we’re reflecting on the past year and rounding up the highlights in preparation for the year ahead.
The new SIE interns started in September 2015 in institutions all across Scotland including six of Scotland’s colleges. They were busy championing entrepreneurship, promoting our enterprise competitions and hosting local events throughout the year.
Also in September, we invited students to join us at RNIB’s Techshare Europe 2015 along with 300 attendees including Samsung, Google and Apple! We ran a live innovation lab over the two days, where students worked directly with blind and partially-sighted people and industry experts to generate creative solutions to challenges.
Our competitions kicked off for another year with Fresh Ideas launching in October. There are four chances to win with prizes of £500, £250 & £100 each month (Oct – Jan). All monthly winners & highly commended entries had the chance to attend Exploration Day in February 2016 and pitch for a top prize of £1,000
In March we held our Student Enterprise Summit in Edinburgh with hundreds of students, entrepreneurs and members of the support community coming together under one roof. It was a day packed with inspiration and advice! We heard real-life business stories and put questions to the entrepreneurs who have been there and done it. Throughout the day, students were invited to browse our enterprise fair and pose for selfies in the photo booth.
The Summit also incorporated the SIE Annual Awards where we crowned our Interns of the Year and announced the winners of Fresh ideas and New Ventures.
This year also saw the launch of our brand new social enterprise competition, I’m an Innovator. We launched back in February, with students entering their ideas online, and being selected by judges and invited to a one day workshop, and then to a residential Bootcamp where they had the opportunity to improve their enterprise skills and pitch to judges for £1000. Read more about the I’m an Innovator Bootcamp and winners here.
We also launched four new case studies in the ‘I’m an Entrepreneur’ series. You can see videos from MindMate, Toni (Saunt & Sinner), Amanda (All Day Designs) and Geared App as well as posters and written case studies here. All are packed full of inspiring stories of how they transformed their ideas into business ventures.
Phew, It’s been a busy one! As this academic year comes to an end, we are reflecting on all that’s been achieved by SIE entrepreneurs and looking forward to welcoming our brand new team of interns in the coming weeks – make sure to look out for them on campus!