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Students working with Scottish charities to make a difference at SIE’s Innovation Bootcamp

Students from across Scotland are preparing to participate in the Scottish Institute for Enterprise’s (SIE) Bootcamp, the Innovation Experience Lab, which starts on Monday 30th June.

The four day intensive residential programme will take place at Stirling University, and is designed to give students practical training on innovative thinking and provide hands-on experience by challenging them to tackle real business issues facing Scottish charities and social enterprises.

Students will work closely with each organisation and work on potential solutions with the help of advisors from SIE and alumni businesses, such as Alba Orbital and Coolside.

They’ll be able to use the skills they develop from the experience to help them set up their own business or demonstrate their potential to a future employer.

Participating Scottish Charities and social enterprises include: Dyslexia Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Aberlour – Scotland’s Childrens Charity, The Leprosy Mission Scotland, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and Callander Youth Project Trust.

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

“The success we’ve had recently with the Young Innovators Challenge has shown us that there’s a real appetite among students for applying business skills to help solve community problems and ‘ethical entrepreneurship’.

For this year’s Bootcamp we decided to give students an opportunity to gain skills and build confidence that will help empower them to do so. The practical skills that they’ll gain here will help them develop their own business ideas, or serve them well in any job after graduation. For many, Bootcamp could just be the beginning for them.”

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