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SIE and Bridge 2 Business announce partnership in Scotland’s colleges

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is partnering with Young Enterprise Scotland’s Bridge 2 Business programme to provide expanded support for Scotland’s enterprising college students in 2014-15.

SIE and Bridge 2 Business will work closely together to provide support for students with business ideas and lecturers who want to raise awareness of entrepreneurship in the classroom, with a joined-up approach combining the strengths of both organisations.

Students will be encouraged to take part in SIE’s national business competitions and access advisors from SIE and Bridge 2 Business to help them develop their idea and take it further. SIE’s enterprise workshop programme will expand and provide more opportunities for college classes to experience enterprise activities. Bridge 2 Business enterprise zones and drop-in centres on each campus will act as hubs of activity for both organisations.

Activities will be supported by a network of SIE student interns and Bridge 2 Business Champions.

Commenting on the partnership, Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise said:

“This combined approach leverages the strengths of both organisations and means that colleges get the best possible offering. We have a great working relationship with the Bridge 2 Business team, and we’re very pleased to be able to partner with them on this and demonstrate the co-operative approach of Scotland’s entrepreneurial support ecosystem.”

Geoff Leask, Head of Entrepreneurship at Young Enterprise Scotland , continued:

“Bridge 2 Business is all about inspiring, connecting and supporting students into business and it is through collaborative initiatives such as this with SIE that we will help more students to test their enterprising ideas.”

One example of the enterprising spirit in Scotland’s College student population is Christopher Leitch, who came from the Young Innovators Challenge Competition, which SIE ran earlier this year.

Studying at Ayrshire College while completing a modern apprenticeship with Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance Ltd, Chris and his team developed an idea which uses aircraft technology to help motorists become more efficient drivers.

The team won a cash prize and support to develop their idea over the summer through a programme of workshops and one-to-one advice.

The partnership between SIE and Bridge 2 Business means that more college students in Scotland will benefit from exposure to enterprise opportunities and support, and be encouraged to start their own businesses after graduation.

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