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Ayrshire College hosts first of a series of Impact Summit Fringe events in partnership with FutureX

Impact Summit Fringe 2019" Ayrshire

|Inspiring the next generation of purpose-driven entrepreneurs

In partnership with FutureX, Bridge 2Business launched the first of a series of Fringe events to inspire college students on purpose led enterprising business ideas, and to highlight the local trends, challenges and opportunities in Ayrshire.

Based at the newly developed Kilmarnock Campus, the event gave students across all discipline's an insight into the opportunities and support available to them to help to create their own Enterprising businesses, whilst highlighting the key trends and issues that need to be faced to create enterprising solutions for the future.

On Wednesday, February 27, Students heard from four speakers and a student discussion panel who inspired the audience with their passion for enterprise. Zoi Kantounatou, Co-Founder, FutureX welcomed the students and gave an overview on the importance of enterprising ideas for the future economy and highlighted upcoming events that students can attend to network and share ideas, including the Annual Impact Summit event on May 15, 2019.

As part of a workshop hosted by Business Consultant, Kelly Morris, six students took part in a discussion panel which allowed a positive interactive session with the audience. The students promoted their business ideas and shared their mentoring journey so far with the Bridge 2 Business programme at Ayrshire College.

The audience also heard from guest speakers; including Lucy Thomson of Coach Lucy,Emma Frew, Director of Breeze Connection, and Colin Mason, Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Glasgow.

Kelly Morris shared her vast knowledge on the trends and challenges in the local area and encouraged every student to start talking about their business ideas now! Kelly also highlighted the plans and key business areas that both Local Authorities and Scottish Government are investing in and gave some fantastic examples of how enterprising businesses can benefit from this investment.

Lucy Thomson, and Emma Frew hosted a workshop on "Realising your full potential andgrowing confidence." Both were inspirational in their approach and gave honest accounts of the challenges they have faced.

Colin Mason delivered a thought-provoking talk on "Where do students get their ideas from." Colin highlighting the importance of understanding the customer's needs and why opportunity is at the core of entrepreneurship.

North Ayrshire Council, Princes Trust and Business Gateway exhibited at the event to meet students, answer questions and offer support.

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Colin Mason, Professor of EntrepreneurshipColin Mason, Professor of Entrepreneurship

To keep up to date with all regional fringe events, be sure to follow @bridge2business #ImpactSummit19

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For more information on the event and the Bridge2business programme available to Ayrshire college students please visit

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