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End of Semester Round up

We’re only half way through the 2014-15 academic year and yet so much has happened already. I wanted to round up the highlights and deliver some exciting news for 2015!

The new SIE interns started in September in institutions all across Scotland including six of Scotland’s colleges.They’ve been busy championing entrepreneurship and hosting local events over the last few months – make sure to get in touch with the intern at your local institution for more exciting activities next semester.

Ocotber 2014 InternsWe announced The 2014 Get Enterprising competition winner in October; Cavid Nadirov from Edinburgh College of Art. His solution to over-consuming in the 21st century was to create a sharing economy platform, where people can lend items and share rides, knowledge, their time and more. Congratulations to Cavid who received the £100 prize and re-submitted his idea to Fresh Ideas which was selected as highly commended.

We changed the format for Fresh Ideas this year to an ongoing monthly competition from October – January. Each month, there’s an opportunity for students and graduates (up to two years) to win £500, £250 or £100. The winners of the October and November competitions have been announced and will now progress to the next stage of the competition where they could win a top prize of £1000 in March 2015.

New Ventures is still open for entry for students or graduates with a well-developed business idea or have an established business. There’s a chance to win up to £10,000 so make sure you apply by 29th January 2015.

We launched four new case studies in the ‘I’m an Entrepreneur’ series. You can see videos from Swipii, Kara (Articulate Language Camps), Rosalind (Punchline Comedy) and Rachel (Mademoiselle Macaron) as well as posters and written case studies, all packed full of inspiring stories of how they transformed their ideas into business ventures.

IAE 2014 Posters

Looking forward into 2015, I’m delighted to tell you that the Young Innovators Challenge will return in February 2015 and remain focused on social innovation. We’ll bring you more information in the New Year via our website and social media channels however, if you would like to register your interest and receive email updates about the competition, please sign up here.

Last but not least, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best of luck with your semester one exams.