Business start-up advice
There's a wide range of advice and guidance you can tap into. Through the Student Enterprise Office in the Careers Centre, you can get access to a range of case studies of successful entrepreneurs and all kinds of useful guides to start-up, business planning, finding finance, business formation, legal and employment issues and many more. Have a look at Starting a business as well as the corresponding 'Tactics Sheet', available from the Careers Centre.
Enterprise & Employability Adviser
Bonnie Hacking is the Enterprise & Employability Adviser. Based in the Careers Centre, Bonnie can talk through your idea with you and help you decide how best to progress it to the next stage. She can also suggest other organisations and places to go for support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bonnie is available most afternoons - please check at Reception.
What kind of contacts can I build?
Outside the university, you might try the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), Business Gateway, Shell LiveWire and Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. Watch for events being run on campus by these organisations too. The Enterprise Adviser on campus can help you decide which one would be best, depending on what you are looking for. The enterprise community is a vibrant one. It can be a challenge becoming successful off your own bat. So once an entrepreneur has made it, they are keen to share their experience to help smooth the path for budding entrepreneurs. We are in contact with a range of people and organisations you might be interested in contacting—from entrepreneurs, to banks, to support organisations, accountants, solicitors and many others. We have a great relationship with SIE, who host big events like the Student Enterprise Summit and national New Ideas and New Ventures Competitions each year. Their Regional Business Advisers are available to help and tap you into everyone they know as well. You’ll find further information and contact details on the SIE website.
What if I don’t have an idea?
Many people want to be their own boss, but haven’t come up with that fantastic idea yet, or if they have a great idea, don’t know what to do next. The Entrepreneurial Society is a great place to meet like minded students and find inspiration. They host a range of social events and opportunities to meet entrepreneurs.