What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the Great Walt Disney

Walt Disney, one of America’s greatest innovators, went from sketching a mouse to running a multi-billion dollar empire. Simon Mone, Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise, blogs about the enduring power of the Disney brand and what entrepreneurs can learn from the great Walt Disney.  This July I went to Orlando with my family to enjoy/endure the sunny […]

What Do Investors Really Look For? Nigel Walker, Innovate UK

Nigel Walker, Head of Innovation Lending at Innovate UK, asks “what do investors really look for?” “We have to be extraordinarily selective.  We saw around 850 deals in Europe last year… and invested in four.” This quote from an investor at a well-known venture capital firm highlights just how hard it is to raise equity finance.  […]

Marty and Me – Tackling the Coding Skills Gap with a Pet Robot

Think you’re too old to code? Think again says Stephanie Anderson, Innovation Specialist at Scottish Enterprise. I am getting a pet robot. I will soon be the very proud owner of a Marty the Robot and I cannot wait. I’m already thinking about what outfits I can make for him. I’m thinking Christmas Marty… Halloween […]

Building Momentum with Open Innovation

In an increasingly connected world, companies are embracing Open Innovation as a way of solving their most pressing business problems. In our latest blog, Jillian Moffat, Head of Open Innovation at Scottish Enterprise, explains the opportunity and how your company can get involved. If you’re an innovative Scottish company you may have already heard about Open Innovation, but […]

Industry and Academia: A Powerful Partnership

Dr Fiona Heatlie, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the University of Glasgow, details some of the pioneering partnerships taking place between the University and industry and the importance of collaboration. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to snag an invitation to Commemoration Day, the glittering jewel in the annual University of Glasgow […]

Start-Up Basics: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Consider

Zara Diloo, part of the MMS Advance Team at Maclay Murray & Spens, identifies some of the start-up basics that every entrepreneur needs to consider including choosing the right business structure through to protecting your IP.  Starting your own business can be an exciting yet daunting experience.  There are so many things to consider.  Having met many young […]

Circular Economy Innovation and Investment: Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland

Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland, blogs about how the shift to a circular economy represents a massive opportunity for Scottish SMEs. We’re fond of saying that Scotland is a nation of inventors and innovators. And through its circular economy ambitions, new ideas and processes are gaining a momentum worthy of the country’s pioneering […]

The Myth of the Entrepreneurial Gene: Craig Early, Scottish Enterprise

Craig Early, Project Manager, Entrepreneurial Support at Scottish Enterprise, discusses how anyone can be an entrepreneur if they’re willing to learn. Is there such a thing as an entrepreneurial gene?” I think Steve Jobs may have something to do with this myth. While he may have worn entrepreneurial jeans alongside those black polo necks, there is […]

Creating an Entrepreneurial and Innovative Culture through Employee Ownership

Sarah Deas, Head of Inclusive Models at Scottish Enterprise, discusses the potential of employee ownership in driving an entrepreneurial and innovative culture within businesses.  Latest figures show that there are 86 employee owned (EO) companies operating in Scotland, with approximately 6,800 employee-owners generating a combined turnover of around £925million. What are the reasons behind the […]