The Scale of Future Success in Scotland
I wanted to tell you about a ground-breaking partnership between The Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise that is building an exciting new community of entrepreneurs in Scotland.
The initiative, called SCALE, is one of the activities to realise the Scotland Can Do intent of making Scotland a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. SCALE is built around a two-strand programme that combines e-learning with a residential summer school. It offers something for every entrepreneur in Scotland, with the most promising scale-ups being eligible to attend the summer school delivered by world leading trainers in entrepreneurship.
The free online learning element, called Entrepreneurship 1010 – Who is Your Customer?, has been developed by US expert Bill Aulet, a long time practicing entrepreneur and Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bill Aulet is well known in the UK for his best-selling book 24 Steps to Disciplined Entrepreneurship and is visiting professor in entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. Harvard University will also contribute expertise and help tailor material to a Scottish audience.
The objective of the programme is to build a community of entrepreneurs running scalable businesses across Scotland, with ongoing support provided to those with ambition and potential for growth.
The programme will also have a significant impact on entrepreneurship education at Scottish universities by showcasing to practitioners here the best of the work being done in the US by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
The SCALE programme is a five-year investment which will help establish an important part of the ecosystem through which universities can give momentum to Scotland’s culture of enterprise. Watch this space!
John Kemp, Scottish Funding Council Interim Chief Executive - 12 Aug 2016