Media Release: Students gather in Glasgow to work on Innovative new business ideas that have a social impact


SOME of Scotland’s most innovative students gathered in Glasgow’s Lighthouse on 23 April to develop their proposals which will make an impact to the country.

The winners of the first stage of the ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition gathered at Innovation Day to work on their ideas with the help of advisors from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

The ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition from SIE is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation Architecture and Design, and asks students to come up with new ideas for businesses, products or social enterprises that will tackle issues affecting Scotland

Entries closed on April 6th, and over 50 ideas from teams and individuals were selected to move forward to the next stage of the competition.

Innovation Day, held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, saw over 70 students from colleges and universities across Scotland, challenged to develop their ideas over the course of the day.

The Lighthouse, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was a natural place for the competition, as Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture and an inspiring hub for the creative industries and fresh thinking.

Following Innovation Day, the students will now produce video pitches for their ideas and hope to be selected to attend the final stage, a residential bootcamp in June, where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win an £1000 cash prize.

Commenting on Innovation day, Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: “This is an exciting part of the competition process, where we gather the first stage winners together and really get them to strengthen their ideas with lots of help and advice.

“It’s where we start to see them come together as real propositions that could make an incredible impact in Scotland. I’m confident that the students attending today will be the stars of tomorrow and we look forward to working with them every step of the way.”

Pictured: Students work on their ideas to make a difference to Scotland at Innovation Day.

Notes to editors:

1) SIE

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise is the national organisation for the promotion and support of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. SIE works with Universities and Colleges to champion enterprise education and help their students start new innovative businesses. SIE provides free one-to-one advice, enterprise workshops and business competitions supported by a national team of student interns and business advisors. SIE’s services are open to all students and graduates in Scotland, up to two years after graduation. SIE is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise and is part of the Scotland CAN DO framework.

In the last academic year over 6,000 students took part in enterprise workshops run by SIE in Scotland’s colleges and universities.

For more information about SIE, go to:

2) I’m an Innovator competition

The Im an Innovator competition recognises that Scotland is a nation of innovative thinkers, creating inventions and making discoveries that have changed the world. What will be the next big thing? As part of Scotland’s year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, SIE is challenging Scotland’s students to come up with ideas for businesses, social enterprises, products or services which could make a difference to how people live in Scotland and have real social impact. The final winners of the competition will be announced at a special residential bootcamp on June 25-26, with the best ideas winning cash prizes of £1,000.

3) The Lighthouse, Glasgow

The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue right in the heart of Glasgow. The building was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie MacKintosh and acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland, promoting design and architecture through a programme of exhibitions and events.

4) Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 is a Scottish Government initiative led by VisitScotland to highlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a series of exciting events and activities.

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