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Spring 2010 • Issue 4 • Academic Year 09/10

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Vote for Enterprise How the Scottish parties weigh in on enterprise issues.

“We realised we could be doing it for ourselves”  Three students share their experiences of setting up for themselves.

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CV Clinic Make an impression for the right reasons.


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Ignite is published bi-annually by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, and is funded by the Scottish Funding Council. For all enquiries: Tel: 0141 330 8793 Fax: 0141 330 8790 Email: info@sie.ac.uk Web: www.sie.ac.uk Editorial Editor: Amanda Dobbratz Tel: 0141 330 8792 Email: a.dobbratz@sie.ac.uk

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Contributors Glenn Buchan Amanda Dobbratz Adrian Macartney Evelyn McDonald Peter McLean Mhairi Naismith Kilian Palop Samuel Smith Advertising, Subscriptions & Distribution Please contact Evelyn Hynan Tel: 0141 330 8793 Email: e.hynan@sie.ac.uk Design by d8 www.weared8.com The views, advice and opinions expressed within this magazine are those of the individuals therein and do not necessarily reflect those of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or copied without permission.

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SIE wants to help every student in Scotland consider entrepreneurship as a real option during and after their studies. Our mission is to help create new student ventures and social enterprises. We provide a free service committed to helping Scotland’s students explore a word of enterprise. We can provide you with free business advice, provide opportunities to develop your idea and launch your venture, and help you get off to the best start in your career or new venture.

How can SIE help

Welcome to the latest edition of Ignite! Inside this issue...

This issue of Ignite focuses on what you need to know to be an entrepreneur, from what politicians say about enterprise to brushing up your CV.

The summer programme Bootcamp is an entry-point for students who know they want to start their own venture but haven’t taken the first steps, or don’t even yet have a new idea. For students who have already established their new venture or social enterprise, and those who have started trading, we provide a range of support and activities. The New Ventures Competition is for already established ventures, with the opportunity to win funding and business support. The Company Acceleration Programme (CAP) is new for 2009/10, and was created specifically for pre-existing businesses with growth potential. So that we can engage with each University individually, we have 2 or 3 Student Interns on each campus, who promote SIE and their own University’s enterprise services, and also run their own local events, competitions, and enterprise society. They are managed locally by a member of University staff, the Enterprise Managers, who have experience in business advice and incubation, business and enterprise studies, and careers advice. Most importantly, we want to emphasise to every student in Scotland that no matter what their degree, interests or current involvement with business, they can make enterprise an active part of their life and have the potential to be an entrepreneur.

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We’ve spoken to our unintentionally food-themed trio of new faces of the “I’m an Entrepreneur” campaign and gained their insights on starting up, having credibility and listening to customers. Peter McLean of the Foodie Company shares his love of good Scottish food and talks about the importance of branding and empowering employees. Poised to reach a hungry market near you; Glenn Buchan and Kilian Palop of Adspad talk about the risks of starting up and the satisfaction of hearing yes.

Our Student Interns have also written a number of articles we think you’ll love. Sam Smith from the University of Glasgow has harnessed his patriotism and produced a set of brief biographies about Scottish entrepreneurs past and present. Adrian Macartney of the Open University grilled the major Scottish political parties on their thoughts on enterprise. Mhairi Naismith from the Edinburgh College of Art shares some great advice on perfecting your CV.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of Ignite and remember that to reach new oceans, you must first lose sight of the shore – so be adventurous and dip your toe in the water.

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innovation: Samuel Smith | SIE Intern University of Glasgow

Scotland is a place that breeds innovation. A brash statement, I know, but for such a small country, isolated at the top of Europe, there is a long list of inventions, discoveries, and business ventures that have changed the world we live in.

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Scotland is a place that breeds innovation. A brash statement, I know, but for such a small country, isolated at the top of Europe, there is a long list of inventions, discoveries, and business ventures that have changed the world we live in. Recently, the BBC presented a series of programs entitled ‘The Scots Who Made the Modern World’ which has reinforced this notion. However, it’s not the country that changed the world; it was people. So what it is that Scots have that enables creativity and innovation? Is it something in the water? The best example of a successful Scotsman is Andrew Carnegie. From humble beginnings in the

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town of Dunfermline in 1835, he rose to become the second richest man in history. He was a captain of industry, a great businessman, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. His business was steel – and the company known as U.S. Steel was his making. His name still graces many places of public importance such as Carnegie Hall in New York. The story of his life charts a truly inspirational rise from rags to riches and is worth a read if you’re short of motivation. John Logie Baird is the pioneer behind one of the most influential inventions of the 21st century – television. Born in Helensburgh in 1888, Baird was an avid inventor

and had many inventions outside the television including such as video recorders (the Phonovision), infra-red night viewing, fibre optics and radar. However, it’s not just in the distant past that Scottish entrepreneurs and inventors have influenced our world. The first animal clone, the MRI body scanner and Grand Theft Auto are all modern inventions developed in Scotland. Sir Tom Hunter is probably the best-known example of a modern entrepreneur in Scotland. He started selling trainers on the back of a van, went on to found Sports Division and is now worth about £750 million. He is also a wellknown philanthropist and

through his organisation, the Hunter Foundation, has donated millions to charities. One example of his work is the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University. From working with the NHS for twenty years as a nurse, Ann Gloag OBE took the entrepreneurial ‘bull by the horns.’ With the help of her brother, Gloag set up the bus group, Stagecoach, which started with just two coaches on the Aberdeen to London run. The business has become one of the largest transport groups in the UK and has several railway franchises. Anne also actively supports the charity ‘Mercy Ships’ which takes surgeons and medical staff to tend the sick in Africa. Oli Norman left a successful career as a lawyer to found DADA, a new marketing company based in Glasgow. The company has made headlines in an extremely competitive market as being vibrant and different due to their marketing stunts – including making a song and dance for Domino’s Pizzas and the infamous naked photo-shoot for the Hilton. So what is it about these people that’s special? I read somewhere that Scotland produces more university and college graduates

per-head of population than anywhere else in Europe. Obviously, education is important but it’s more than just that. Entrepreneurs need drive, to take risks and to have an entrepreneurial spirit. These are qualities all of the people profiled demonstrate: Carnegie left Scotland to start his empire and Oli Norman left a successful career to try out another. Maybe it is the water. Maybe it’s the rain or perhaps it’s just the spirit of Scottish people to expand beyond expectations and make a mark on the world. Today, Scotland is well known as being a great place to start any business venture. Business support is available in many forms and through various organisations. If you want to grow a great tree, you need to provide it with the resources to grow, and that’s something we can provide in Scotland it’s this kind of spirit that will help drive us out of this economic recession. All we need now is you, the entrepreneur, to plant that seed.

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For a list of support organisations and opportunities go to the business support section of SIE’s website at: www.sie.ac.uk/index. php/explore/businesssupport-links

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Peter McLean | The Foodie Company Peter McLean graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Edinburgh Napier University in 2007. He has run successful hamper company, Foodieboxes, since November 2007 and has recently opened a new café in Edinburgh – Foodies @ Holyrood. Peter shares some advice for young businesses with SIE.

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What makes up the Foodie Company? The Foodie Company is just an umbrella, that’s the brand and it holds everything underneath it. At the moment, it is Foodieboxes and the Foodie Café. Foodieboxes came first and was set up because I wanted to have my own business and trying to look for opportunities. I was shopping around during Christmas and trying to find a product to sell. I saw some hampers which were pretty awful Ignite Spring 2010 Issue 4

and I felt I could do better than that. I was keen on supporting new start up food companies in Scotland as I’d met a bunch of them over the years. The presentation of the hampers I saw was pretty poor; lots of polystyrene and things like that, so I use nice cardboard and wooden boxes filled with wood wool which is all recycled wood. Did you always know that you wanted to set up for yourself? Yeah, I always knew. Originally I wanted to start

up a nutritious fast-food business, like McDonald’s but using good local produce. I did the business plan and the financial plan and realised I was going to have to raise about £1.5 million. I could have looked at that business plan and said, no it’s too much, chuck it in the bin, instead, I just put milestones backwards and came to the hampers. I realised, I could afford to put a bit of money into the packaging, and it was fairly low cost.

Route to market was the internet, so again, fairly low cost. We invested heavily in the brand and website because online you have to sell to people in something ridiculous like 0.5 seconds or they don’t buy. What do you think has made the Café work out so quickly? We’ve got a great set of staff. The more responsibility you get the more motivated you tend to become. I’ve been really careful to give staff the opportunity to thrive and have responsibility. They’ve really picked up that challenge. If people create a job for themselves, for example start running events in the evening, then all of a sudden we’ve got an events manager. That’s the way I’d like it to develop. I’ve gotten my family involved as well and get a lot of support from them. My mum comes in during the week and does the flowers and my dad looks after the art because that’s what he’s passionate about. I think it’s really important to keep the people around you informed and try to involve them. Then they understand when you’re working massive days and weekends, which is pretty much the norm. If you don’t involve them it’s much harder when they never see you. If they’re coming in they can feel they’re adding to

it. Besides I certainly don’t have time to run around and get the flowers! Through all of this, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned? It’s so important to listen and to realise you’re not always right. If I’m stubborn and don’t listen to customer feedback about the menu for a couple of weeks I’d find out extremely quickly that people will go elsewhere. You may also meet experts in specific areas that ask difficult questions. You can’t take it to heart and do the opposite, like a magnet and repel. Listen to everyone, put all the information in a mixer and then decide what you’re going to do. During the SIE Enterprise Academy my business was totally taken apart by some of the presenters on big white boards in front of 60 people. I enjoyed that. They were firing really tough questions and it helped us improve and change things. What kind of support have you received? Initial support came from the Moffat Centre at Napier. They’re the people who I can phone if there’s something going wrong at one in the morning. I moved into the PSYBT circle and worked with the Edinburgh group. They gave me a £5000 loan that launched the boxes. Then, I started working with head office in Glasgow to

work with the high-growth team, including the Chief Executive, which is really great. PSYBT are a really great, enthusiastic company. Also, SIE helped us get our trademark when I was a runner up in the New Ventures Competition last year. It was a really difficult thing to get through and it was SIE that gave me the heads up with intellectual property. Do you have any departing words of wisdom? I think people don’t spend enough on branding. I got a loan from PSYBT and spent nearly all of it on my brand. To most people, on paper this might seem totally ridiculous. But now, I own Foodieboxes and no supermarket can write Foodieboxes on anything. I was really pretty nervous for the first 6 months about this because when you come up with a good idea it can get swiped pretty quick. The trademark has worked out and is an asset in itself. If I wanted to I could sell Foodieboxes as a brand. That’s massively important. You’ve got to have a vision, and mine is the Foodie brand, my big vision isn’t to have lots of cafés or a multimillion pound hamper company. My vision is to sell quality food to people that appreciate food. Read more from Peter’s interview at www.sie.ac.uk

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It has eased the pressure during the downturn, and is helping her business grow.”

“With our Small Business Bonus, we have acted to protect the thousands of small businesses that form the life blood of local economies.”

“The small business bonus is helping over 60,000 small businesses properties, which survive and grow on the high streets and small towns of Scotland leaving our nation better placed for the coming recovery.”

“Make no mistake how important that is. Take for example the case of Julie Diver who runs a business, 39steps, in Edinburgh. She knows the benefit of thesmall business bonus.

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From the SNP homepage article ‘Scotland has got what it takes’.

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“Labour in Scotland is developing an industrial strategy and a key part of it is to match graduates with business”.

“Today’s students can be tomorrow’s business leaders, working to develop our economy and help Scotland compete in the global market.”

“Greens believe that ‘social enterprise’ - combining the principles of the voluntary and charitable with the innovative business practice of the private sector, offers a way forward both for the private and public sector. They argue that business which takes social and environmental concerns seriously will provide better services and prove to be more financially sustainable. Equally they argue that new models of development trusts and community-owned business offer an attractive new way to ensure public service delivery.”

“We would reduce the burden of red tape on business with a one in one out rule for new regulations.”

“We also need graduates to stay and find jobs in Scotland to boost our economic recovery.”

The Conservative draft manifesto.

Iain Gray.

From an SIE interview with Tavish Scott.

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CONSERVATIVES Annabel Goldie Party Leader in Scotland

“Scotland is a nation of entrepreneurs. A nation of inventors.”

SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY Caroline Lucas Party Leader

“The enterprise allowance scheme in the 1980s provided some of our most successful entreprenuers with their first break. We will build a network of business mentors and provide loans to would be entrepreneurs supporting self employment and franchising.”

The national elections are soon approaching and in our current climate of economic instability your vote becomes of enormous importance in shaping the future business landscape of Scotland. Here are a selection of statements on enterprise in Scotland by the major political parties, designed to give you a flavour of their ideas, rather than to be a definitive manifesto. As a student, entrepreneur and potential business leader, engaging in politics can really help you determine and understand your future. Hopefully you will be inspired to follow the party links to assess these manifestos in more detail. SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY First Minister, Alex Salmond Party Leader

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS Tavish Scott Party Leader in Scotland

“In the recent UK Pre Budget Reports the Chancellor introduced a £8 million scheme to provide low income students with internships in businesses in England. In the PBR £8 million was announced to go towards a financial support scheme, to be up and running by summer 2010, to provide bursary-style support for undergraduates from poorer backgrounds wishing to undertake a short unpaid internship. Government funding would be used to lever in other contributions and the scheme is to be developed with The Higher Education sector and the professions. 10,000 internships a year are to be supported by the scheme. We want to extend this to Scotland.”

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LABOUR Iain Gray Party leader in Scotland

“Lasting economic recovery depends on strong local economies allowing small and medium sized business to flourish and grow. Small businesses in particular have taken a battering during this recession and need our support more than ever. We recognise that cash flow problems can be a death blow for promising small businesses and that’s why in the Scottish budget, Liberal Democrats fought for and secured access to debt-lending for businesses across Scotland.

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Liberal Democrats envisage and will promote a varied ecology of businesses including new mutuals, credit unions, social enterprise and cooperative ventures; drawing on the energy and commitment of communities for Scotland’s short and long term benefit.”

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Glenn Buchan & Kilian Palop | Adspad Adspad was founded by Glenn Buchan and Kilian Palop who met while SIE Interns for Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen, respectively. Glenn and Kilian spoke to SIE about their experiences starting up and the support they have received.

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Can you describe Adspad in your own words?

What was the first thing you did?

Glenn: Adspad is a very simple idea. We sell advertising space on environmentallyfriendly FTC A3 paper placemats for the trays of university canteens. The universities also use them to communicate with the students. We’re currently in Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University.

Glenn: The first thing we did was meet up and talk. We’d worked together through SIE so we knew we got along really well. We were enthusiastic about getting started so we went straight to Dr Simon Fraser to see how we could take it forward. Simon was looking for us to show commitment so he suggested we write a business plan.

Kilian: Hopefully this summer we are going to try to conquer all the universities in Scotland. It’s something that we tried last summer but realised we didn’t have the time then. We decided to concentrate on fewer universities to grow the brand so we could approach others with more credibility and experience. So how did you come up with this idea? Kilian: We were sitting in the canteens and noticed a lot of leaflets that no one was reading. Also all the trays were empty and they weren’t clean at all. We thought it would be a good idea to put together these ideas and make the canteens more hygienic by giving the trays placemats.

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Kilian: The problem starting a business is that you are kind of nervous because you don’t have any credibility at the beginning; just an idea in your head. The problem is if you focus on making your business plan better and better, you never start your real business. I think most of the people get stuck here; we didn’t want this to happen. So we quickly wrote a first draft and decided to go for it. What were your biggest risks and difficulties? Glenn: The main risk was putting so much time and effort into something we believed in; it could have been a big waste of time. There were times

when we were trying to get advertisers on board but it felt like no one was listening. It was very difficult to be a student entrepreneur and ask business men and women to believe in us. When we got a very big client, it really changed everything around for us. We’re very grateful to those people. Kilian: It took us almost two months to get the first client and we were getting really disappointed. We started thinking maybe it wasn’t the right thing. A lot of doubts started coming into our heads.

business and pull everything together. The financial support from the award gave us a foundation and made things a bit easier for us. Kilian: Through my position as an Intern at SIE I was able to meet people with the same ideas about entrepreneurship that I had. SIE gave us the possibility to be able to consider entrepreneurship and meet different entrepreneurs. We were also able to bring them to Aberdeen to give talks. Glenn: Being SIE interns developed our interest in entrepreneurship. By encouraging other students to start their own businesses,

we realised that we could be doing it ourselves

things and one of which was to set up a company.

Kilian: It’s been amazing working with these two organisations. One brought us together and the other gave us credibility.

Glenn: Lots of people start a business when they’re older. I work for a business and the owner is an entrepreneur, but no one’s ever called him that. I don’t know if it’s just because he’s older. I do think its something you get tagged with especially if you’re young, and enthusiastic and full of energy. I’m a young owner of a business with Kilian. We’ve got a lot of energy and if that makes us entrepreneurs then I’m really happy. I think it’s the best way for me to define it.

How do you each feel about being called entrepreneurs? Is it something you would call yourselves? Kilian: Bonnie Hacking from St Andrews University asked me to come to give a talk in her entrepreneurship module as an entrepreneur and I said, ‘Whoa Bonnie, I don’t think I’m an entrepreneur.’ I didn’t think about this possibility. I thought I could share only my thoughts and enthusiasm about achieving

Read more from Glenn and Kilian’s interview at www.sie.ac.uk

Glenn: It was very difficult to stay enthusiastic when everyone’s saying no to you. When someone says ‘we believe in you’ it just makes everything worth while. What outside support have you received? Glenn: We won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Idea Award which was a huge boost for us. It gave us a lot of credibility. We can now mention the award on the website and we’ve got a lot of feedback about it. Entering the competition allowed us to focus on our

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cvskills

CV TIPS • Stick to one clear font throughout. There is no need to write ‘curriculum vitae’ at the top. • Make sure you give both your term and holiday addresses.

Mhairi Naismith | SIE Intern Edinburgh College of Art

Curriculum Vitae: ‘A short written description of your education, qualifications, previous jobs and sometimes also your personal interests, which you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job’.

• There is no need to list all your GCSE or Standard Grade subjects and grades unless they are specifically requested or really relevant.

• A section titled ‘Positions of responsibility’ can be a good place to give evidence of some required skills not evidenced by your degree details or work experience • Use bullet points and emphasise achievements/outcomes and responsibilities as well as relevant activities. • Referees not references. Ask them first and send a copy of your application.

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It seems so straightforward, like some kind of algorithm where you enter a few vital stats and make up a few hobbies and there you have it - a CV. Try it for yourself though, and you’ll find it is anything but easy to create a winning CV. Maureen McIntyre, the Employability and Enterprise Officer at Edinburgh College of Art, provided some advice and helpful tips to remember when constructing your CV. A common misconception, which was quickly ironed out by Maureen, is that a CV should be a static, conclusive document. In fact, you should adapt

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your CV to fit the position you are applying for. For instance, you should mention different points when you’re applying for a job at the local pub than you would when applying for an internship in a design office. If there’s a job description available, study it forensically so you have the best idea of what your prospective employers are looking for. From there, examine your own experience and look for evidence of how you meet each element of the job description. In this case, you should use the exact words the job description uses to describe your skills.

This may seem easier said than done. You might feel like you can’t compete against applicants with experience in the industry or that you don’t have any relevant skills or experience. However, Maureen says there are many transferable skills acquired or demonstrated in part-time bar work, hobbies, or voluntary work. Don’t forget to mention your course too. It’s worth spelling out to employers that you’ve been studying a subject which you love, full-time and in-depth for a number of years. Before you start your actual CV, you might want to organise all of these ideas into a ‘skills

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profile’ for which your work experience or studies can provide evidence. Once you’ve organised and identified your skills, you’ll need to be ruthlessly selective with what you actually include. Remember, a standard UK CV is two sides of A4, using 11pt or 12pt type. Really focus on what your audience wants to read about. Forget gimmicky graphics or photos (unless asked for) and focus on creating a simple presentation of good content. Think how much a busy employer will appreciate a clear, concise and well constructed document

amongst a pile of clumsy, badly-made CVs. If you aim to provide this you’ll stand out for the right reasons. What if you feel like you need padding to fill out your two sides? It’s tempting to lie, or to embellish the truth. We’ve probably all heard a story of someone getting away with it and doing fantastically well. The thing is, the truth is so much easier to deal with. As Maureen explains, there’s nothing more frustrating or embarrassing, for both parties, then when an applicant stumbles during their interview over a lie they wrote in their CV. It questions the credibility

of your entire application, which simply isn’t a risk worth taking. It comes down to this, as put by Maureen; choosing to employ somebody is an organic, human interaction. Qualities such as enthusiasm, motivation and professionalism tend to play as big a part in selection of one candidate over another as experience or grades. If these traits can come across on paper you’ll be irresistible. Your CV is acting in your place and speaking on your behalf. Its purpose is simply to get you to an interview. Then you’ll really have a chance to show them who you are.

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supports innovation The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust is now seeking applications for the second round of Innovation Funding on Thursday 27th May. 

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Applicants are being asked to submit their business plans by Monday 5th April. This will give PSYBT an opportunity to review the applications in detail and if necessary work with the clients to strengthen their business plans before they are sent out to the panel for their meeting on Thursday 27th May. A maximum of five clients will be short-listed for panel interview based on their fit with the criteria, the quality of their submission and the extent to which we think we can assist them to achieve their goals. Clients will present their case to panel and a decision will be given in writing within 48 hours of the meeting. If the client has been successful an offer letter will be issued detailing any conditions and recommendations outlined by the panel and clearly setting out the first set of milestones to be worked towards if the loan is being made in tranches. The first panel for the PSYBT’s Innovation Fund was held on Thursday 26th November and was a great success.  Two applicants presented their case for support, Text4Food from Inverclyde which was awarded a loan of £10,000 and Twisters from Aberdeen. Twisters is the brainchild of Aberdeen University student Chris Williamson (22) who has developed a revolutionary new violin peg that enables easier, faster and more effective tuning of

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the instrument, solving a problem as old as the instrument itself. When tuning a violin, the peg heads, which are used to tighten and loosen the strings in order to change the pitch, can lie at an awkward angle causing the instrumentalist to put a strain on their wrist. Twisters allows the peg head to come free of the stem to which the string is attached, swivel to a better angle and then lock back into place, in much the same way you can disengage a pen by clicking the top. This allows the instrumentalist to change the angle in seconds, eliminating the problem entirely. Chris worked closely with SIE to prepare his business plan and application to the PSYBT’s Innovation Fund. He received a substantial action plan and a £250 test marketing grant from PSYBT to enable him to produce a rapid prototype and research the response to his product across the spectrum from violin players to violin manufacturers. He has been advised to return to the Innovation Fund in April/May 2010 for further funding.  Contact Chris at: chris.williamson.06@aberdeen.ac.uk For more information on the PSYBT Innovation Fund please contact Evelyn McDonald Head of Growing Businesses at: evelyn.mcdonald@psybt.org.uk

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bootcamp 10 is coming...

Bootcamp is SIE’s summer programme for a fast-track route to starting a new venture. It gives you the unique opportunity to turn your idea into a profitable business or social enterprise within a much shorter space of time than normal.

As an intensive residential training programme, Bootcamp condenses what would normally take 6 months into just a few days. This accelerates your learning, putting you on the fast-track to start-up success.

When launching a new venture, experience is one of the best teachers.

The programme is specifically designed for students who might have

an idea but aren’t sure how to go about starting up, or haven’t yet got an idea but know they want to start their own venture. If you’re interested in taking part, join the Bootcamp:10 group on mySIE at www. sie.ac.uk/mysie or check www.sie.ac.uk/bootcamp for more information.

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Connecting Scotland’s Enterprising Students Online Become part of a growing, vibrant and invaluable online network for Scotland’s enterprising students and entrepreneurs.

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myCalendar There is a full programme of both national and local events run by SIE and your local University: from seminars on branding, to pizza & movie social nights. myGroups Interested in social enterprise? Or selling online and ecommerce? Meet like-minded students and share ideas, and join your own University’s group to find out what’s happening in your area. myBlog Connect your blog to mySIE, and share your experience of enterprise, your studies at University, or starting up your own venture.

There are one or two students at each University in Scotland that think SIE and enterprise is so great, they want to tell every other student about it; so we employ them to do just that. If you want to be a part of an exciting, dynamic and different group at University, get in touch with your local SIE student intern. They run all sorts of events, competitions and social meet-ups to get you involved

Edinburgh College of Art

University of Glasgow

Edinburgh Napier University

University of St Andrews

Glasgow Caledonian University

University of Strathclyde

You can find your Intern and their contact details on our website, at www.sie.ac.uk/ interns. Or if you’re lucky, they might put their contact details here:

The Open University in Scotland

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Glasgow School of Art Heriot-Watt University

myMedia Share videos and photos you’ve found inspiring, or from your own enterprising ventures. Find us on Twitter & youtube! Daily tweets from the hotspot of student enterprise in Scotland. On Twitter, we’re called _sie_ Connect to SIE’s expanding library of educational and inspiration video content on enterprise & innovation. On youtube, we’re called SIEmedia

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Queen Margaret University Robert Gordon University Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama

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