Budding entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands have just two weeks left to make it into next year’s Starter for 6 initiative, which is helping to produce the country’s next generation of business stars.
Starter for 6 is an enterprise-development project led by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, running in Scotland until 2009. Supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), it aims to assist up to 300 entrepreneurs over the three-year project, and work with partners towards creating an environment where innovation can flourish.
The initiative is looking for outstanding applicants from across the Highlands and Islands area who have innovative business ideas including products and services, or inventive ways of bringing these to market and ideas that come from any of the faculties of science, technology or the arts/creative industries. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 14.
Over 300 applicants applied to the 2007 programme, with 62 businesses eventually making it through to Starter for 6. Training and support is provided to help fledgling entrepreneurs further develop their innovative business. On completion of training they have the opportunity to pitch for up to