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Meeting Michelle Obama - My long term dream

I have often heard people talk about icons, heroes and inspirational people. I have heard many people speak about heroes and it has often left me thinking, who is my hero? I love reading and had always enjoyed reading fictitious books but over the years I moved from reading fiction to reading real life stories and inspirational books with educational themes. Often the books I read have a focus on people’s experiences which I find very educational and inspiring. My love for reading about people’s experiences and learning from people’s life journeys was great but I have no hero. However, I have people I find very inspirational and Michelle Obama was right at the top -the one person I always wa

Women's Enterprise Scotland and Business Women Scotland Awards 2018

Friday 2nd November 2018 – Grand Central Hotel Glasgow Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) and Business Women Scotland (BWS) are collaborating to mark the achievements of the growing numbers of women-led businesses. The Business Awards will celebrate the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland – and help to create more business role models to inspire the next generation of leading women. Join us as we start the evening with a welcome glass of fizz and networking, then through to the auditorium for the Awards ceremony. As we unveil the women making their mark their way in the world of business this year, we are delighted to have the support of the Federation of Small Businesses, The Ro

Zinc - New Programme starting in London

Are you thinking of starting up your own business? Are you looking for a brilliant co-founder? Do you want to start a business that really makes a difference? Zinc is a 9-months programme designed to build scalable, commercial and tech-enabled businesses that tackle the toughest social issues in the world. In October, Zinc ( will kick off its second mission: to unlock new opportunities for people in places that have been hard-hit by globalisation and automation. Zinc is looking for 50 people who want to create new products and services that unlock new opportunities for people affected by these massive issues and help prepare for the next wave changes. The 9-month full-time progra

Women's Work Exhibition

When I met Dr Mary Hepburn for the first time I was genuinely shocked by what she told me. She said that when she was a medical student at Edinburgh University, the entry requirements for women were different. They had to be of a higher grade to men. This was less than 40 years ago. Sorry, what now? Rachael Rebus, Dr Mary Hepburn I had been reading about the Seven Against Edinburgh who were the leading ladies in the fight to gain the same educational rights as men in Britain – I assume most of us weren’t taught about them in history. There aren’t many photographs of them, only Sophia Jex Blake and Edith Pechey. It seemed outrageous to that no one really knew about them and I myself had only

Scottish EDGE Round 12 awards nearly £1 million to Scotland’s most promising start-up businesses

The winners of Scottish EDGE Round 12 have been announced with stem cell research business, Cytochroma taking home the Higgs EDGE Science and Technology Special Award. Each of the winners will take home up to a six-figure share of the £1million prize pot and will receive an all-encompassing package of support from Scottish EDGE’s partner organisations to help them fast-track and grow their business. Of the 25 winners, 48% of the businesses were either female-led or female co-founded. The winning businesses came from 20 Scottish EDGE finalists who pitched their business idea live at Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre on 29th May to a panel of business heavyweights made up of: Jim McColl OBE of

Entrepreneurial Scotland and STV launch campaign to celebrate Scottish entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Scotland and STV have joined forces to launch a new campaign celebrating entrepreneurship across Scotland. Summit – Celebrating Scottish Entrepreneurshipwill showcase inspirational stories which explore the entrepreneurial mindset, illustrate its brilliance and highlight the value to our country’s economy and broader society. These case studies will be featured on STV in the run-up to a special awards event in November. STV will shine a spotlight on established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds and sectors. These are the people and their teams who not only create jobs and value for the economy, they also breathe life into solutions to our biggest c

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