Unlocking Ambition and Young Enterprise Scotland's Bridge 2 Business programme teamed up to launch 'Unlocking Young Ambition' that will give 30 college students the opportunity to meet and be personally mentored by a successful Scottish entrepreneur.
The pilot programme seeks to inspire the next generation of potential entrepreneurs and provide an inclusive experience for students aged 16-30 from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The students, from around Scotland, have been matched with 13 Unlocking Ambition ambassadors from the £4m flagship Unlocking Ambition Challenge programme originated by the First Minister and delivered this year by Scottish Enterprise. Entrepreneurs receive intensive wrap-around support from a dedicated team to help support and scale their businesses, while having the opportunity to develop their own skills. Forty entrepreneurs were selected for the programme based on the potential economic and social impact of their businesses.
Students are now attending their placements across Scotland, with students being set a mini-project by their Unlocking Ambition ambassador, and will spend at least two days in the business working on it. The first students of the students have visited the following companies so far, Pillow, Talking Medicines, MyWay Digital Health, ARX Maritime, The Start-Up Drinks Lab (Drinkly) and Phox Water.
Students Jai Dara Latto and Shauny Bishop of Edinburgh & Fife College applied for #UnlockingYoungAmbition to gain knowledge and experience of working in a start-up to help their own personal development. They are carrying out market research amongst our ambassador Drinkly's customer base to help inform future marketing and operational decisions.
Edinburgh College students Liam Inglis, Fabio Scaglione and Alexander Hunter are with ARX MARITIME learning about sales techniques and proactively looking at lead generation to help put those techniques into practice. #TeamARX
Tyler Shankland, Stephanie Governo and Gemma Kerr, students of Ayrshire College have spent the past couple of days working with our ambassador Pillow. The students have been researching and analysing social media trends before presenting their findings to the team.
Students Zaynah Rashid and Adam McGrenra have spent the past two days working with one of our ambassadors Phox Water, learning all about ecommerce, website development and social media advertising ahead of a new product launch. #TeamPhoxWater
Students Eric Wanja, Kattarzyna Kasperowicz, Lukasz Szmulkiewicz and Jan Wierzbowicz have been spending time with Sustainably looking at ways of attracting corporates, parents and schools to donate to charity, Young Enterprise Scotland (partner in the #UnlockingYoungAmbition initiative) through the Sustainably platform, either by people rounding up payments they make as they shop or giving a regular donation.
City Of Glasgow & Glasgow Clyde college students Francesca Usai and Megan Campbell were at Talking Medicines last week, working with our entrepreneurial ambassadors to progress market research and help raise awareness of European Antibiotic Awareness Day yesterday. Amazing job #TeamTalkingMedicines!
Keep your eyes peeled for more pictures of our students from our other partnership colleges on our social media platforms!
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