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Students gather in Glasgow to work on Innovative new business ideas with a social impact.

The winners of the first stage of the I’m an Innovator competition gathered at Innovation Day on 23 April to work on their ideas with the help of advisors from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

I’m an Innovator is a brand new competition from SIE celebrating Scotland’s Year of Innovation Architecture and Design 2016, and asks students to come up with new ideas for businesses,products or social enterprises that will tackle issues affecting Scotland; and have a real social impact. Over 70 students from colleges and universities across the country were challenged to develop their ideas over the course of the day.

The Year of Innovation Architecture and Design is an initiative led by VisitScotland to highlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a series of exciting events and activities.

Entries closed on April 6th,and over 50 ideas from teams and individuals were selected to move forward to the next stage of the competition. Innovation Day, held at the Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture was the natural choice of venue as an inspiring hub for the creative industries and fresh thinking.

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

“This is an exciting part of the competition process, where we gather the first stage winners together and really get them to strengthen their ideas with lots of help and advice. It’s where we start to see them come together as real propositions that could make an incredible impact in Scotland. I’m confident that the students attending today will be the stars of tomorrow and we look forward to working with them every step of the way.”

Following Innovation Day, the students will now produce video pitches for their ideas and hope to be selected to attend the final stage, a residential bootcamp in June, where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win an £1000 cash prize.

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