Ambitious Entrepreneurship

What is it?

Entrepreneurship is about the skills and ambitious mindset necessary to develop, drive and grow a successful business.

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any economy. Scotland has a history of producing great entrepreneurs and HIE want to support entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands in leading and growing world class businesses by helping them sharpen their entrepreneurial skills and significantly raise their ambition of what they can achieve.

How can HIE help?

HIE can  provide access to innovative and world class entrepreneurship support including executive education, masterclasses delivered by globally renowned experts, skills workshops, help to accelerate new product development and open doors to world leading research and networking events in the UK and overseas.

Support is available for:

  • How to apply a Disciplined Entrepreneurship approach to business growth
  • Entrepreneurial sales strategies and how to sell
  • Financing an entrepreneurial company
  • How to raise investment
  • Developing an entrepreneurial brand
  • Entrepreneurial leadership, strategy and culture
  • International entrepreneurial executive education
  • Connection to local, national and international networks of contacts
  • Entrepreneurs networking events and knowledge exchange opportunities
  • Access to world leading teaching, research, students and faculty at one of the world’s leading engineering, research and entrepreneurship institutions
  • Preparing Highlands and Islands entrepreneurs to apply for the Scotedge Fund
  • Connection to Investing Women who help women led businesses become more investor ready
  • Connection to the Saltire Foundation who develop and inspire Scotland's future leaders
  • Signposting to sources of finance for entrepreneurial companies seeking growth through investment

If you are planning on starting a new business and looking for advice or if you are an existing business who is not account managed by HIE, please contact your local Business Gateway advisor in the Highland area.

If you have a business idea that you are looking for advice to develop, have a look at our Innovate Your Business support >

If you are based outwith the Highlands and Islands and would like to discuss the opportunities for relocating your business to the region, contact Vicky Grant at Highlands and Islands Enteprise.

Events for entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands:

Forthcoming events for entrepreneurs

Business Masterclass by Harper Macleod LLP


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