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Regional update: the latest news from our Intern Coordinators.

Our interns in each university in Scotland work closely with their regional intern coordinator to promote and support student enterprise. This is just the first of regular updates on their activities.

Edinburgh and the East-

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All of the Edinburgh and East Student Interns have been working incredibly hard this month so it is difficult to pinpoint one single success story. Some of our highlights however have been Alice our SIE Student Intern for the University of Edinburgh. She appeared in a video which was taken at when the Startup Britain bus came to Edinburgh (http://goo.gl/73sW1). Selina our Edinburgh Napier intern made a great impression at the Startup 2012 summit (organised by Sam Zawadzki, (SIE alumnus and winner of the pitch 2012 and the LiveWire Scottish Entrepreneur of the year 2012), in Edinburgh during Global Enterprise Week 2012.  Yasmin, the SIE Student Intern for Heriot Watt University has been holding some great events.

We’ve also taken 4 new interns on board so all of the universities in Edinburgh and Stirling are now represented and we also have a presence in the Open University and for the first time ever, in the newly formed, Edinburgh College.

–       By Regional Intern Coordinator, Kieran Smyth.

 

Glasgow and the West

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The Interns from Glasgow and the West held a joint movie night: featuring ‘Horrible Bosses’ as the film of choice. They invited students from across Glasgow to meet up at Saint Judes on Glasgow’s Bath Street. SIE provided popcorn and beers, as well as a healthy dose of entrepreneurial encouragement!

Our informatics intern, Tadas Labudis, recently hosted a brilliant event in conjunction with Glasgow University Computing Society. Over fifty eager tech students turned up to hear from a range of entrepreneurial speakers, These included: Jamie Mchale (founder of SeeU.at), David Balkind (Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise), Marco De Nichilo (Founder of Swarmly.co), as well as SIE’s very own Fiona Godsman. Make sure to check out Tadas’s own entrepreneurial venture, Eventhread http://join.eventhread.com/

 –       By Regional Intern Coordinator, Duncan Ross

 

The Northern Region

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Aberdeen success story- both the Aberdeen interns (Benjamin Mitchell and Anshu Bhatnagar) are currently working with the Gaudie, the Aberdeen University student newspaper, to put together a series of editorials focussing on enterprise at Aberdeen University. This has included an interview with Dawn and, in the next issue (due for publication this week), a feature on two successful Aberdeen student entrepreneurs, Blair Bowman (World Whiskey Day) and Scott Walton (Aberdeen Student Storage) which will also feature the interns themselves, as well as the Aberdeen Business Enterprise Society. The aim is to give a good overall view of all of the opportunities that are available for Aberdeen students if they are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

St Andrews success story- our St Andrews intern, Nicolas Cornbleet, has developed a partnership with a St Andrews student society, Bubble TV, which makes films about St Andrews university life. Nic has been working with them to sponsor the production of a series of programmes about enterprise at St Andrews. Nic has played a key role in producing the videos themselves by finding the individuals which will be featured in the films: Rachel Hanretty (Mademoiselle Macaroon) and the founder of the Dr Noodles restaurant chain. These videos are due to be completed this week and will be posted on the Bubble TV website which has a huge following amongst the St Andrews student population. The aim of the videos is to inspire St Andrews students to think of entrepreneurship as an option for them.

–       Regional Intern Coordinator, Helen Boyd