Media Release: Students working with Scottish charities to make a difference at SIE’s Innovation Bootcamp

STUDENTS from across Scotland are preparing to participate in the Scottish Institute for Enterprise’s (SIE) summer business Bootcamp, the Innovation Experience Lab, which starts on Monday June 30.

The four-day intensive residential programme will take place at Stirling University, and is designed to give students practical training on innovative thinking and provide hands-on experience by challenging them to tackle real business issues facing Scottish charities and social enterprises.

Students will work closely with each organisation and work on potential solutions with the help of advisors from SIE and alumni businesses, such as Alba Orbital and Coolside.

They’ll be able to use the skills they develop from the experience to help them set up their own business or demonstrate their potential to a future employer.

Participating Scottish Charities and social enterprises include: Dyslexia Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Aberlour – Scotland’s Childrens Charity, The Leprosy Mission Scotland, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and Callander Youth Project Trust.

Fiona Godsman, CEO of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: “The success we’ve had recently with the Young Innovators Challenge has shown us that there’s a real appetite among students for applying business skills to help solve community problems and ‘ethical entrepreneurship’.

“For this year’s Bootcamp, we decided to give students an opportunity to gain skills and build confidence that will help empower them to do so. The practical skills that they’ll gain here will help them develop their own business ideas, or serve them well in any job after graduation.

“For many, Bootcamp could just be the beginning for them.”


Notes to editor:

1. 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 innovative businesses, and become more employable graduates.

2. Students in all of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions are supported by SIE’s national network of interns and business advisors.

3. SIE’s programme of activities includes regional events and national business competitions such as Fresh Ideas, New Ventures, and the Young Innovators Challenge. Programmes also include the Scottish Entrepreneurial Academy (SEA) for Scotland’s most promising student entrepreneurs and the Innovation and Enterprise Programme. In 2013-14, over 4,000 students attended SIE workshops.

For more information about SIE and its activities, visit the SIE website:, and

4. SIE is supported by Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC).

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.

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 colleges and universities and higher education institutions.

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