For young business leaders with an eye on the future.

What it is?

IMPACT30 is a programme designed to develop young business leaders of the future each year and is custom-designed to help you make an impact in your industry. The programme works with you as an individual, focusing on the tools, skills and knowledge required to grow your business and achieve its full potential.

The programme gives you access to a range of experts who have been there, done it, and created successful businesses. Our industry professionals understand your journey and are there to deliver expert knowledge and share their experience to ensure you maximise the potential of your business and keep pace with the demands of increased growth and success.

This programme is a project delivered by the Northern Innovation Hub. This is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.

Who can apply?

We’re looking for applications from ambitious candidates seeking an opportunity to take their business to the next level. You should be:

  • Under 35, working in a business less than three years old
  • A key decision maker within the business
  • Ambitious, with the drive to take your business, or the business you work with, to national or international level
  • Open to putting new ideas into practice that can boost business, and effect positive change and growth
  • Based in the Highland Council area

Apply today

Please complete the application form and submit your video to apply.

IMPACT30 application form

Information sessions

If you fit the criteria and are interested in finding out more about IMPACT30, please join us for an informal chat at one of the locations below – we’ll even throw in a beer and a burger! Just click on your preferred location to register.

Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mind set amongst Scotland’s young people is at the heart of our sustainable economic growth ambitions.
Michael Matheson MSP, Infrastructure Secretary

What to expect

The programme has been designed to accommodate a broad range of businesses from across the Highlands, using digital tools to ensure support is provided at individually convenient times. Each cohort accepts up to 15 participants, delivering a relevant and innovative schedule customised to your location and stage of business development.

Our industry experts analyse your current challenges and plans for growth, delivering support and advice via a practical mix of one-to-one virtual consultations, plus intensive workshop learning. You also have the advantage of learning from interaction with other participants sharing your journey.

This 12-month programme is powered by Anderson Anderson and Brown (AAB). If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a future business leader, your journey starts right here and now, with IMPACT30.

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