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 for account managed clients to a number of innovative and world class entrepreneurship support programmes, training courses and activities. Download our flyer of Ambitious Entrepreneurship support activities for high impact entrepreneurs.

Read our case study about Shetland based business, Blueshell Mussels to find out more about how HIE works with business entrepreneurs >

Support is available for high impact entrepreneurs in:

  • 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, contact the Innovate Your Business Innovation Enquiry Service on 01463 732596.

If you are an inventor, individual, student, sole trader, researcher or micro business looking for advice on turning your idea into a business, visit www.brightideascotland.com for further information.

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


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