Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications


Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Fellowship program has opened for applications for its 2017/2018 program. The Fellowship is an intensive leadership development opportunity for Scotland’s most ambitious and entrepreneurially-minded individuals.

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Chief Executive, Sandy Kennedy, commented on the program;

“The current landscape is changing both nationally and internationally. This is reason, more than ever, to have people working in our businesses that have a global outlook, a first class network and the knowledge and confidence to scale companies in Scotland and ultimately give Scotland a competitive edge. We know how transformative the Saltire Fellowship is and the new program is designed to meet the needs of the businesses we work with and the individuals taking part. Working with Strathclyde Business School and Babson allows Fellows to get a deeper understanding and to apply there learning right here in Scotland. Our team is keen to hear from anyone who thinks it might be right for them or their business. Get in touch – this could be the opportunity that truly changes your life.”

Led by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with Babson College in the USA, the six-month leadership development program is designed to immerse participants in entrepreneurial thinking and strategic leadership and provide them with the skills to scale a business and gain an understanding of global business. The Saltire Fellowship includes visits to leading businesses in Silicon Valley.

The 2017/18 program now includes a further two weeks of residential learning in Scotland, led by Strathclyde Business School at the University of Strathclyde, which is home to the Hunter Centre of Entrepreneurship, the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network, and Entrepreneurial Scotland. Strathclyde Business School was recently named UK Business School of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards.

Strathclyde Business School was recently named UK Business School of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards.

The Saltire Fellowship is said to be suited for someone who is ready to take the next step in their career and to transform the business they work in. They can work in any sector, be within an organisation or simply be looking to embark on their own entrepreneurial journey.

More than 100 people have registered interest for the 2017-18 Fellowship program. The all-inclusive cost of the programme is £32,000 and successful candidates are supported by Entrepreneurial Scotland to help secure funding.

The Diageo Learning for Life program will be funding a place for a candidate from within the licensed trade in Scotland. In addition, leading organisations: LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland; the Cultural Enterprise Office; and Social Investment Scotland are also backing the Saltire Fellowship programme.

Over six consecutive years, the Saltire Fellowship has seen 107 individuals successfully complete the program, creating 26 enterprises, more than 280 jobs and contributing an estimated £48 million to Scotland’s economy.

Applications are open until 5 March 2017 and further information can be found online.

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