Our annual Student Enterprise Summit took place on Wednesday the 13th March at the Assembly rooms in Edinburgh. It was a great opportunity for SIE to celebrate entrepreneurship in Scotland, share success stories and come together as an enterprise community!
Students listened to entrepreneurs who told their own real- life inspirational stories. Nigel Eccles (FanDuel), Shaf Rasul (Dragons Den/ E-Net Computers), and Joe Gibbs (Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival/Rockness) were on hand to captivate the audience on the day. Tessa Hartmann (Scottish Fashion Awards, Hartmann Media) could not attend the event as she had to be in New York, but keen not to disappoint, she prepared an exciting, insightful cyber speech for the Summit attendees. Each speaker talked in depth about their own route into entrepreneurship, what challenges they faced, and what had initially inspired them. Shaf Rasul also spoke about how luck can help in business, and explained just how ‘jammy’ he was when starting out.
At the Student Enterprise Summit 2013, the New Ventures and New Ideas competition winners received their prizes on stage, as did the SIE Interns of the year: Tadas Labudis (University of Glasgow), Alice Rawthorn (University of Edinburgh) and Rachael Bews (UHI Inverness). We also had a brand new award for SIE Student Society of the year; this was awarded to Glasgow Business Club.
Student entrepreneurs joined exhibitors from such as Young Scot and Marks & Clerks to promote their own products and services to fellow students and potential supporters. SIE actively used the Twitter Hashtag (#SIEsummit2013), during the event to support students and members of the enterprise community who were not able to attend the summit in person.
As the curtain closed on the Summit 2013, the competition finalists joined the SIE Interns, Regional Business Advisors and guests for an evening reception, held in the Le Monde in Edinburgh. Keen not to lose out on the chance to network with key influencers from the enterprise community, the finalists were given an opportunity to pitch their business, and to build valuable links with fellow budding entrepreneurs. The evening was a relaxing and enjoyable experience and a great excuse to raise a glass and celebrate the collective efforts of student entrepreneurs, SIE and supporters from the enterprise community in 2012-2013.