Scottish Institute for Enterprise

About Us

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) works nationally to support enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. Its vision is for all Scotland’s students to develop into innovative, entrepreneurial graduates, driving Scotland’s prosperity.

Positioned early in the entrepreneurial support pipeline, it is funded by SFC and SE to help students in Scotland develop enterprise skills, discover their entrepreneurial talent and start up their own ventures. 

SIE supports enterprise education through our Innovation and Enterprise Programme workshops, which educators and programme leaders can request for their students.

SIE runs national business competitions, provides bespoke one-to-one support from business advisors and holds inspiring events such as SIE’s annual Student Enterprise Summit.

SIE’s competitions are designed to make entrepreneurship accessible and provide students with valuable employability skills which will help them after graduation whether they choose to continue with their idea or not.

SIE’s engagement starts at early stage ideas and with our support many SIE-inspired students have created successful businesses, and gone on to secure additional funding from EDGE, the Converge Challenge and other partners in the community.

Key Facts

  • SIE was started in 2000 and has played a significant role embedding student entrepreneurship in Scotland.
  • SIE works nationally in Scotland’s colleges and universities to help students develop enterprise skills and start their own businesses
  • SIE has Student Interns working in every university and an increasing number of colleges to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • 4000+ students took part in SIE Innovation & Enterprise programme workshops in 2013-14
  • SIE runs national enterprise competitions to support business ideas (900+ participants & £113,500+ awarded in 2013-14).

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