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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



Converge Challenge is a competition aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland.

This high profile development programme is for staff, students and recent graduates, along with non-trading or new trading companies of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. The scheme works with any industry sector, product or service-based ideas at any stage of development. The top prize this year is over £60,000. The programme will also provide aspiring entrepreneurs with excellent networking opportunities to connect and interact with like-minded people and build business contacts.

For more details please visit the website.

Digital Skills Festival

Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th February 2015

Location: Manchester City Centre (various)

The skills festival is a 4-day event that will highlight, address and discuss the issues facing the sector, as well as tackling them on a practical level by offering tours of local digital businesses, plus a recruitment fair.

The Talent day in particular which takes place on Wednesday 11th February is strongly recommended to students.

For more details, and to book on any of the events, please visit the Manchester Digital’s website. 



Grow Movement is a charity which unlocks the potential of entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi by matching them with volunteer business consultants in the UK and worldwide. Together they work for 6 months over Skype, mobile and email, identifying ways to improve the business, increase profitability and create new jobs in their communities.

The charity is interested in finding more business professionals and academics who can volunteer their skills in marketing, finance, strategy and business development through 12 free consultancy sessions.

Since the charity was established, over 500 entrepreneurs have started on the programme; increasing their finance, marketing and strategy skills and creating 600 new full or part time jobs in their local communities.

To find out more about the charity and how to be involved, visit the Grow Movement website. You can follow the charity on twitter using the hashtag #GrowMovement

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize is now open! If you’re a recent graduate with an idea to reduce London’s energy use and carbon emissions we want to hear from you. We’re looking for your ideas to make your London a smarter, cleaner, better place to live and work.

Entry is free and you can submit as many ideas as you can come up with. Apply on your own or in a group, just make sure that you send us your ideas before 16 February 2015.

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is holding a Business Perspectives Masterclass event on Thursday 12th February from 10:30 – 17:00 (followed by a drinks reception) at the Charing Cross Hotel, London.

The event will explore why age matters in the workplace and how successfully managing age diversity can lead to competitive advantage. Throughout the day there will be a mix of speaker presentations, working sessions and interactive Q&A to share your experiences, opinions and put questions directly to the panelists. The panelists will include a number of senior figures working at the forefront of age diversity in the workplace from organisations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, BMW and the NHS as well as speakers from the OUBS. There will be a mix of practitioners and it is a great way to meet and network with like-minded people.

Anyone who has studied with the OU may attend this event, although it is also open to guests. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request to highlight ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Further information and a link to the booking form can be found here.

The Open University (OU) is pleased to announce the launch of the university’s 2015 Entrepreneurship Competition which officially opens on Monday 5 January 2015. The competition will help students and recent graduates take their business ideas forward by securing cash prizes to invest in their ventures.

For further information and to register click here. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 6 February 2015.

Do you have an early stage social enterprise in Scotland that has high growth potential?

LaunchMe is a pioneering programme that is looking for 15 early stage social enterprises that could use social investment to scale up their business within the next three years.

The programme will provide access to a unique package of intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage and mentoring.

Students can apply for up to £25,000 of seed funding and additional funding to match up to £100,000 investment that they secure within the programme timeframes.

As well as having ambitious growth plans you must be able to commit to an intensive programme of support until January 2017.

Applications are open now and will close at midday on 14th January 2015.

For further information and to apply click here.

CSCLeaders for Students is a free four-day leadership development programme for university students throughout the UK from Britain and the Commonwealth, delivered in partnership by BP and Common Purpose.  It will be held in London from 23-26 June 2014, with two days at BP’s global headquarters and two days at UCL – the Host University Partner for the programme.  Deadline for applications is 26th May 2014.

Participants will gain real and practical experiences whilst exploring a major world challenge from a local perspective.  The challenge for 2014/15 is “What makes a city smart?”.  Students will meet visionary thinkers from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organisations to help them understand the challenge and find creative ideas to solve it.  They will then present their findings and these will feed into the annual senior leaders programme.

Further information

To apply

The CFA Institute is offering a free online Careers in Investment Open Day on Thursday 15th May. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about what it’s like to work in the investment industry. Students can learn about the Chartered Financial Analyst charter from the CFA Institute and its charterholders, and then discover what some of the world’s top financial services graduate employers are looking for as they hire the next generation of investment professionals.

Find out more and register for the free online event via the website.