Scotland Can Do SCALE

Returning for a fifth year, the Scotland Can Do SCALE programme is an inclusive, high growth entrepreneurial education initiative. Drawing on world leading educators and specialists, the SCALE summer school provides an opportunity for Scottish business leaders of growth-oriented companies to take a step back from the daily demands of scaling their business to develop a robust strategy for growth combined with a practical action plan to deliver sustained growth.

Who should attend?

The programme is aimed at business leaders (including social enterprises), entrepreneurs, founders and individuals from management teams who hold influence in business with the potential to scale. 

50 places are available to innovation driven enterprises with the potential to scale with a turnover of over £250K and with the ambition to grow the business by 20% year on year, over a 3 year period.

At no extra cost, we are actively encouraging more than one member of staff to attend the Can Do SCALE summer school as part of a team.

Why should you attend?

The SCALE programme looks to foster and encourage growth supported by practical and personal skills to scale.  These include:

  • Critical success factors for scaling entrepreneurial ventures
  • Building a structure and mindset for scaling
  • Building sustainable innovation
  • Generating internal innovation for global markets
  • How to develop competitive advantage
  • Selling in today’s international environment
  • Unit economics, cash flow and financing
  • Operational challenges and leadership imperative
  • Emotional intelligence for impact

You will also benefit from:

  • A structured inspirational skills for growth programme to scale your business.
  • Interactive learning lead by Bill Aulet from MIT
  • Peer learning
  • Case studies
  • Group learning
  • Alumni events and a support network

What does the programme involve?

In order to gain maximum benefit over the three days participants must be available to actively participate in a range of programme activities, be prepared to embrace new ways of thinking and enact learning back in the workplace.  This programme is intensive, immersive and invigorating.

Previous success

  • 210 participants have benefitted the SCALE programme over the past 3 years
  • 93% of participants would be very likely to recommend SCALE
  • Evidence shows that companies go on to raise ambition, increase turnover and employee more people
  • Companies appreciate the opportunity to reflect away from the workplace in a retreat setting

Highlights from 2017

What the alumni had to say:

Jo-Anne Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen, said: “I found the programme to be a fantastic investment in myself, and my business. With it being residential, you get the headspace to focus on your strategic development and learn from like-minded people at different stages of growth as well as gain invaluable advice from professionals such as Bill. The business decisions we’ve made since completing the programme have undoubtedly been better and more robust than they would have been before Can Do SCALE.”

Adam Gordon, CEO & co-founder of Social Media Search & Candidate.ID, took part in 2016.  He said: “This was one of the best experiences of my career to date. I knew it was going to be useful but this Summer School was way beyond my expectations. Throughout the last 5 days I have been progressively more impressed with all the inspiring entrepreneurs I’ve been lucky to meet”.

What is the cost?

For up to three members of staff (all of which are required to make an application) the cost of attending Can Do SCALE is £850 (exc VAT). This includes all materials, three nights bed and board, and access to alumni aftercare support.

Next steps

Join a cohort of 50 highly ambitious growth businesses and the world’s leading experts in entrepreneurship by visiting the Scotland Can Do SCALE website and complete the short application form.

All applicants will find out whether or not they have been selected by 17 March 2019. For further information please contact info@scotlandcandoscale.com

The SCALE programme is delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council and supported by the Scottish Government and Entrepreneurial Scotland.

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