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Bumper crop of budding entrepreneurs

Bumper crop of budding entrepreneurs

3 Feb 2017

Entries to Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Fresh Ideas competition reach nearly 400.

Fresh Ideas is a national competition for students with innovative ideas for new products, businesses or social enterprises. Overall entries have risen by 25%, with entries from universities and colleges across Scotland.

Students can enter ideas each month from October to January, with monthly winners and highly commended entrants moving to the second stage of the competition and the chance to win a cash prize of £1,000.

Having started on their entrepreneurial journey with SIE, many students go on to further success with private investment and more advanced competitions like the Converge Challenge and Scottish EDGE.

Fiona Godsman, chief executive of SIE, said: "We've received a huge number of high quality entries, an impressive 25% increase from last year. We know that many of the students taking the first step with us today will be the big success stories of tomorrow and we're looking forward to helping them make it happen."

The competition winners will be announced at the SIE Annual Awards Dinner on 22 March.

SIE is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise and is part of the Scotland CAN DO framework.

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