Media Release: Young entrepreneur bootcamp set to train the next generation of Scotland’s business owners

STUDENTS from across Scotland are preparing to participate in the Scottish Institute for Enterprise’s (SIE) Bootcamp ’11, which begins on June 29th.

Says a spokesperson: “The three-day intensive residential workshop will take place at Stirling University, and is designed to provide everything prospective young entrepreneurs will need to start their business venture over three intensive days of study and practice.

“Students will arrive with an idea for a new business venture and over the course of Bootcamp ’11 will be encouraged to develop their idea into a viable new business.

“They will participate in learning sessions with business experts and established entrepreneurs, pitching practice sessions and more, designed to provide them with all the information they need to take the next step towards launch.”

A second Bootcamp ’11 programme is planned to run July 4th – 6th.

Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: “Bootcamp is an annual event for SIE and, year on year, we’ve always had a fantastic level of participation from Scottish students.

“It’s a very intensive and exciting experience and our intention is that students will reach the end of the three days with a clear idea of the way forward and what they need to do to launch their new venture.

“For many, Bootcamp will give them the head start they need. We’re excited to see what this year’s students will bring and how we can support and encourage them.”


Press Enquiries:

Scott McKellar, marketing communications manager
Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), Top Floor, 11 Southpark Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8LG
Tel: 0141 330 8788 Email:

Mob: 07856 124999

Notes to Editor

  1. Bootcamp ’11 speakers include: Duncan Bury, Miascape Ltd; Norma Corlette, Sulis Enterprises; Claire Dunning, DUNNING Creating Sparks; Gillian Eassen, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA); Jim Duffy, Entrepreneurial Spark; Amanda Dobbratz, Ironbbratz; Bryn Williams, Marks & Clerk; Alasdair McGill & Diane Holden, Freelance World; Brian Baillie, Launch.ed; and Bonnie Hacking, The University of St. Andrews.
  2. Since 2005, the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) has helped students from all disciplines in Scotland discover their entrepreneurial talent. The mission of SIE is to encourage and help more Scottish students successfully create and grow new businesses, social enterprises and self-employment opportunities.
  3. Students in all of Scotland’s 19 Higher Education Institutions are supported by SIE’s national network of Interns, Enterprise Managers and Regional Business Advisors. Year on year growth in the numbers of new business ventures and the continual increase in the number of surviving student businesses is a powerful testimony to the continued success of SIE.
  4. SIE’s programme of activities includes regional events, the national New Ventures competition and an annual summer Bootcamp; an intensive residential workshop designed to fast-track student ventures from idea to market.
  5. For more information about SIE and its activities, visit the SIE website:, and
  6. SIE is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC)
  7. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was set up in 1975, and it a vehicle for promoting the economic and regeneration of defined areas within the Member States of the European Union. The Scottish Government manages the ERDF in Scotland.
  8. Scottish Enterprise is responsible for identifying and exploiting the opportunities for economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete, helping to build globally competitive sectors, attracting new investment and creating a world-class business environment.
  9. The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland’s 43 colleges and 20 universities and higher education institutions.

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