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The Scottish Institute for Enterprise has launched the ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The competition is designed for any student in college or university or recent graduate of up to two years who has an early stage idea with potential to have social impact.

Entries can be submitted online from February 22nd until April 6th 2016. Up to 25 finalists will attend a special residential bootcamp in June where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win £1000.

Find out more and submit your ideas via the competition website.

How can the UK win the war against waste?

PwC is running a competition to challenge UK university students to come up with ideas in answer to this question; to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials.

Participation will be based on a first come, first served basis and subject to meeting the eligibility criteria of being a student studying at a UK University.

There will be prizes for 60 students including those who submit the best ideas. Students with the top 10 ideas will be invited to pitch to a panel made of up PwC experts who will decide on the winner, who will receive an exclusive work shadowing opportunity and £1,000.

If you have ideas, visit the PwC website to find out more and register.

Are you an enthusiastic, postgraduate student based in Scotland who has a business or business idea?

Enterprise Campus want to hear from you! Enterprise Campus are looking for ambassadors to represent their university’s postgraduate community. As an ambassador you will help communicate to other postgraduates about the advice, funding and events that Enterprise Campus run.

Find out more here.

Are you living in the Highlands and Islands and want to find out what support is available for your enterprise ideas?

The University of the Highlands and Islands, in conjunction with Converge Challenge, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Enterprise Campus and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, is organising the following events to support those interested in commercialising their innovative ideas and research.

  • 16th Feb, Orkney College, Lecture Theatre, 11.30 – 13.30
  • 17th Feb, Inverness College, Room 201d, 11.00 – 12.30
  • 18th Feb, SAMS, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, 10.00 – 11.30

Contact at the UHI to find out more and register.

Following on from this, there will be an Enterprise Campus Bootcamp aimed at postgraduate students on Monday 14th March and Tuesday 15th March at the Centre of Health Science, Raigmore in Inverness. This will take place from roughly 10am to 5pm each day. The Enterprise Campus will cover travel and accommodation costs for students who do not live in Inverness.

Please send expressions of interest to  at the University of Aberdeen.

If you have a well developed business idea and you’re ready to go, or if you have already launched a new business or social enterprise, enter NEW VENTURES and you could win a £10,000 cash prize to help you on your way!

NEW VENTURES will help accelerate your plan for a business or social enterprise and help unleash the full potential of your idea. Previous winners and entrants of our competition have gone on to be offered investment on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, secure significant funding elsewhere, and are continuing to grow their companies successfully.

SIE is accepting entries from 26 October 2015 until 28 January 2016. Good luck !

 

Want advice on getting into a career in business?

If so, join OU Careers Advisers and students in a 2-week forum run by the OU Careers Advisory Service, starting on Monday 2nd November and running until Friday 13th November 2015.

The forum will open on Monday 2nd November at 8am – so please come along from then and share any questions or thoughts you have about career options in this area.

Find the forum on our Careers forums and webinars workspace.

What would you do with £1,000?

If you’re a postgraduate and think you might have a good business idea, tell Enterprise Campus, and that hypothetical question might become a reality!

Come to Entrepreneurial Aspirations on 15th Oct, tell them about your idea and you could walk away with funding.  No competitions, no pitching – just let them know your idea and why it’s important to you, and you could get a little boost to help get your business started.

Don’t miss the chance to walk away with up to £1,000 for your business, register today!

When:    Thursday 15th October 2015

Where:  United Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Time:     4-6pm Workshops and Idea submission 6-8.30pm Networking and results

 

Are you a green start-up or eco-entrepreneur with a brilliant idea in the green and circular economy sector?

If so, why not apply for the Green Alley Award 2015 and become one of Europe’s leading sustainable start-ups!  All you need to do is prepare a pitch desk introducing your business.

You and your green business idea could win funding, rent-free office space and amazing networking opportunities!

Deadline: Tuesday 15th September 2015

Apply Now at: Green Alley Award 2015

or contact:  Phone: +49 (0)30 / 200062 – 0

Email:

 

InnovationNation is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre’s (EICC) series of free public lectures which has been designed to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland. With a line-up of inspirational keynote speakers, each lecture will focus on one of Scotland’s key industries.

The first lecture, InnovationTechnology, takes place tonight, June 22nd, 18:00-20.00 at the EICC. Click here for further information and to register.

Future lectures:

InnovationArts - Tuesday 4th August, 18:00-20:00

InnovationSpace – Monday 5th October, 18:00-20:00

InnovationLight – Thursday 26th November, 18:00-20:00

 

 

Join The Careers Advisory Service for this evening OULive webinar with PwC and The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) on Wednesday 22nd July, 6.30-7.30pm.

PwC is a multinational professional services network company and one of the Big Four auditors in the UK, offering jobs and work placements worldwide in assurance, tax and business consultancy. They have recently removed the requirement for UCAS points for many of their graduate opportunities in the interest of fairer assessment and are keen to discuss this.

Come along and find out about:

  • PwC
  • Work opportunities
  • Chartered Accountancy training
  • How to successfully navigate the recruitment process

By the end, you will know more about roles in the accounting and consulting industry and feel more confident about how to approach employers to highlight your strengths for success.

Visit our webinars page to join. Please log in by 6.15pm on 22nd July so that we can make a prompt start – we look forward to seeing you there!  If you are unsure if your equipment is compatible, please check our Computing Guide.

If you are unable to join us live on the evening the session will be recorded and should be available to view from the following day.