We've had a crazy couple of days celebrating our Festival of Youth Enterprise in Scotland's National Stadium.
Our #FoYE17 was dreamt up by our CEO Geoff Leask. Geoff had a vision of taking over Hampden Park to encourage entrepreneurial spirit within young Scottish people. And his vision certainly came true this week.
On day one of our #FoYE17 we welcomed more than 400 young people to the stadium and watched as they interacted with our sponsors and supporters - some of whom could be their future employers!
As part of the event, each young person had the opportunity to head along to workshops - these were run by our Sponsors and Supporters: SPEN, Kaplan, ICAS, Annie Boyd, Scottish Edge, EY, City of Glasgow College and Elevator. These covered various aspects of entrepreneurship from finance, knowing your strengths to social media planning.
Possibly the most exciting part of the day came early - on a Monday morning?! - when Skapade Studios from Dumbarton delivered a presentation about what they do. And it was fabulous!
Easy to remember - they're both called Steven, we heard all about their own experiences setting up their studio and how they managed with no money. It's amazing what a few wooden pallets can do!
We got a brief glimpse into their lifestyle when Stephen Kirkwood, CEO told the packed room about his upcoming trip to Ibiza where he's DJing super club Amnesia. This definitely got the young people excited, we even had a few fist pumps when a clip from his last Ibiza set was shown over the big screen.
A bit different to our usual Monday morning meetings. Steven Galloni, who is Operations and Artist Manager kept the crowd hyped up and rearing to go.
Our host Rachel McTavish from STV then had a chat to some previous participants in our Tenner and Fiver Challenge.
St Catherine's Primary School took part in our Fiver Challenge which is an online resource for teachers to use with their classes.The Fiver Challenge is a four week competition walking the young entrepreneurs through important parts of starting companies. Each week the teams submit their competition entry for that week's topic, and aim to make a profit from their £5 per head they receive.
The group produced jewellery, key rings and loombands for sale - this resonated with Rachel as she set up her own jewellery company in 2008!
The Tenner Challenge team showcased were from Forfar Academy. Purple Castle Products brought their embroidery machine down to give live demos of their products and explain how their team works. They sell embroidered items, printed mugs, and engraved items such as keyrings and name plaques. They run their club all year round now during lunchtimes to help teach important employability skills and their MD from Poland told the audience that he would like to be an entrepreneur when he leaves school.
During the pupil's breakout sessions there were CPD sessions from Scotland's Enterprising Schools, Founders4Schools andDYW for teachers. These were well-attended and help to continue professional development within curriculum areas.
Also in attendance on Day One was Jamie Hutcheon, the chocolatier of Dragons Den fame. His company,Cocoa Ooze was set up by Jamie when he was only 17 years old, whilst training as a Pastry Chef. Jamie was a brilliant example to show our attendees of an entrepreneur in a market dominated by big name brands, but still succeeding.
Rounding off Day One saw the Brucie the Spider collaboration between Bridge2Business and Scotland Can Do have their winning team on stage to be interviewed by Rachel. The challenge was for college students studying Animation to retell the story of Robert The Bruce, the winners came from Edinburgh College and got to chat about their short video.
The event was rounded off with a draw for two fab prizes, the first for two hospitality tickets to Scotland V Malta in September at Hampden Park and the second for a chauffeur-driven ride to school in a Rolls Royce for the winner and two friends.
Keep an eye our for the run down of Day Two, coming soon!
Our Vision is for Scotland to have the most entrepreneurial and enterprising young people in the world.
Our Mission is to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
Young Enterprise Scotland
Rouken Glen Centre
Rouken Glen Park
0141 406 7722
0141 406 7722
0141 406 7722