Scotland CAN DO SCALE

Detailed information about CAN DO Scale and the application process can be found here.

Boost your entrepreneurial skills and develop your innovative business idea.

Do you…

  • Have an ambitious business or business idea?
  • Want to meet like-minded people who are looking to start an exciting business, join a founders team or scale up an existing innovation-driven business?
  • Want to learn from some of the top entrepreneurship trainers from MIT, Harvard Business School and Scotland?
  • Think you CAN DO Scale?

Then you can apply for a place on the first ever international entrepreneurship summer school held in Scotland… Scotland CAN DO SCALE.

What is it?

Scotland CAN DO SCALE aims to develop the skills of entrepreneurs who have an internationally relevant, innovation-drive idea with the potential to grow significantly in Scotland.

The inaugural SCALE 2015 programme will offer teaching led by internationally renowned influencers with direct expertise in substantial company growth. It will take place over four days in Stirling and is designed both for start-up entrepreneurs and those who want to scale up their business.

The programme will equip you with a proven, systematic and rigorous approach to grow your business that can be reused to foster new markets and products throughout its lifetime.

You’ll learn skills to scale up to an innovation-driven enterprise (IDE), developing a business that leads the competition and can create significant growth with new products or services that excite customers and can be delivered efficiently.

By focusing on innovation as a key driver of growth, you can compete in new ways, using new business models to respond rapidly to evolving trends in a highly connected marketplace.

The inaugural SCALE 2015 programme will take place from 4-7 August 2015 at Stirling Management Centre. Up to 70 places will be available on a competitive basis and applications for places on SCALE 2015 will open on 16 June 2015.

Who is it for?

The SCALE programme is designed for ambitious Scottish entrepreneurs and management teams headquartered or located in Scotland, either looking to start up or scale up a globally successful company.

There are 35 places available for each teaching track this year:

  • Can Do– for potential or early stage start up entrepreneurs with ambitions to grow
  • Scale– for existing entrepreneurs looking to scale up their business or idea

The Can Do track is aimed at:

  • Entrepreneurs with an early stage business idea
  • Those interested in becoming entrepreneurs and finding co-founders or others with a product idea
  • Business start-ups who are pre-revenue and yet to make their first sale
  • New entrepreneurial companies less than 3 years old

The Scale track is aimed at:

  • Established businesses 3-10 years old with ambitions to grow
  • Those with the need for scale up skills to grow from an SME to an IDE
  • Companies with the potential to trade internationally
  • Entrepreneurial leaders who wants to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools to  move successfully into international markets

What is involved?

The SCALE 2015 programme will run over four days from 4-7 August 2015 at Stirling Management Centre and includes:

  • Intensive teaching sessions
  • Guest lectures
  • Case studies
  • Team building exercises
  • One-to-one ‘office hours’ sessions with the course delivery team and experienced Scottish entrepreneurs

There will be networking lunches and dinners each day and the opportunity for both tracks to learn together and through separate focused sessions whilst expanding their local and global networks.

Who is involved?

The SCALE 2015 programme will be led by Bill Aulet from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Noam Wassermanfrom Harvard Business School, incorporating some sessions delivered by entrepreneurship educators from Scottish higher education institutes and from Scottish entrepreneurs. The content will draw from international best practice and experience and be tailored to specifically fit the Scottish audience.

What is the cost?

There will be no cost to participants to take part on the SCALE 2015 programme in its pilot year.

How do I apply?

Up to 70 places on SCALE 2015 are available on a competitive basis. You can apply after 16 June 2015.

If you are interested in applying for a place on the SCALE 2015 programme, please fill out the online SCALE 2015 application form which will be made available on this page and submit it by 12.00 pm (midday) on Wednesday 8 July 2015.

Please only apply if you are available on both the dates of interview (20-21 July) and of the SCALE programme itself (4-7 August).

A shortlisting process will then take place and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Stirling (20 or 21 July 2015). The selection panel will consist of four people representing HIE, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council and an experienced entrepreneur. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be advised by 22 July 2015.

What is the competition timeline?

  • Competition for applications launched: Tuesday 16 June 2015
  • Deadline for applications:  00 pm (midday) Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Shortlisted applicants advised by: Wednesday 15 July 2015
  • Interviews in Stirling:   Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July 2015
  • Successful applicants advised by: Wednesday 22 July 2015
  • SCALE 2015 programme:  Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 August 2015

Detailed information about CAN DO Scale and the application process can be found here.

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