Thinking about developing a business idea?

travel clubHaving a hunch about a new business could be the start of a new career path for you. At the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, support is offered to alumni up to two years post study whether it is just a seed of an idea or you are ready to launch. Dawn Shand is the Business and Innovation Adviser for the University of Aberdeen and can meet you for a free one to one consultation on campus or by skype or telephone. Dawn commented, ‘We act as a sounding board and impartial, trusted partner providing honest and constructive advice. It may be a lifestyle decision, a new invention or simply an idea that just won’t go away. Not everyone recognises themselves as an entrepreneur but those who choose this path talk of the feeling of being in control and looking forward to every day at work, so it is well worth exploring.’

As well as signposting to all the possible funding opportunities and other support out there, SIE has its own Innovation Fund which could help with the intellectual property around the idea. Additionally there is a Scotland-wide networking and training group called SIE Entrepreneurs, access to which which is by invitation only. Those most committed to developing their ideas are invited to dinners and masterclasses on relevant topics.

To find out more or book an appointment, email Dawn Shand