Boost your entrepreneurial skills and unlock your business’s potential - applications for Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School 2017 now open! 

  • Are you an ambitious, innovative entrepreneur who wants to grow your business internationally?
  • Are you an experienced founder who has seen your business growth stall and need to be reenergised?
  • Perhaps you are a corporate innovator leading a product development team and need a structured approach to achieve scale on a global level?

Then apply now for a place at the Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School 2017 in Stirling to transform your business.

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Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School – what is it?

The Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School is a three day residential programme in Stirling from 30 July to 2 August 2017. It provides an inspirational, practical and structured programme to develop your skills for growth. The teaching is led by internationally renowned educators with direct expertise in scaling up a business. The programme will equip you with a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to scale up your business.   

Who’s it for? 

The programme is targeted at those people who have already started a business and have a passion for growth including:

  • Ambitious innovation driven entrepreneurs who want to growth their business internationally
  • Experienced founders who are seeing their business growth stall and need to be re-energised
  • Corporate innovators and influencers of business that need a structured approach to achieve scale on a global level.

What’s involved? 

The Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School 2017 will run over three days and includes:

  • Intensive teaching sessions
  • Case studies
  • Guest lectures
  • Team building exercises
  • Access to specialists from Scotland

You can find the full programme for the summer school at www.cando.scot/scale

There will be a refresher day for alumni on 3 August 2017 and previous participants will have the opportunity to engage with the teaching staff around specific topics.  

Who's benefitted? 

Since its inception in 2015, 127 businesses from across Scotland have benefited from the summer schools and have increased their confidence, turnover and employment. The alumni highly recommend the summer school. You can read their stories at www.cando.scot/scale

Who's involved?

The Scotland Can Do Summer School 2017 will be led by Bill Aulet from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Noam Wasserman from the University of Southern California. The content will draw from international best practice and experience and be tailored to fit the Scottish participants. 

Bill Aulet - is a senior lecturer and managing director in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. A true serial entrepreneur, prior to joining the faculty at MIT, Bill had a 25-year track record of success in business himself. After working for 11 years at IBM in the early days of technology development. Bill founded and led a number of globally-successful companies including SenseAble Technologies and Viisage Technology.  He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and recently published the book “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Start Up”. Bill teaches the learnings from his book and shares his knowledge and experience with entrepreneurs around the globe on a regular basis and has been working closely with Scottish companies with global growth aspirations for the past nine years.

Noam Wasserman - is a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and his expertise lies in founders’ early decisions that can make or break a start-up and its team. At HBS, he developed and teaches an MBA elective, Founders’ Dilemmas, which was named one of the top entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine. In 2012, Noam published the bestselling book, The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. Both The Founder’s Dilemmas (the book) and Founders’ Dilemmas (the course) provide a roadmap for founders about the most common pitfalls they will face. The book and course integrate Noam’s research results, quantitative data collected from 10,000 founders, case studies, and conceptual frameworks.

How do I find out more and apply?

If you are interested in taking part in the summer school, you must complete an application form.   Applications will be accepted until 17.00 pm on 24 May 2017. You can access an application form at www.cando.scot/scale

All entries will be assessed by an independent expert panel and businesses will be shortlisted for interviews which will take place across Scotland. 

What will it cost?

There is no charge for businesses from the Highlands and Islands to take part in the summer school but, in order to comply with European Union Regulations, the value of the support is awarded as De Minimis Aid.   Accommodation and meals will be provided for successful participants.  


The Scotland Can Do SCALE Summer School 2017 is funded by a partnership same as existing text on website. 

Are you looking for more information?

Please get in touch with the Scotland Can Do SCALE Project Manager at info@scotlandcandoscale.com

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