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Colleges Connected on Inspirational Day


Bridge 2 Business inspires, connects and supports college students into business.  They passionately believe in shining a light on the ‘everyday entrepreneurs’ that young people can more easily relate to and be inspired by.  They expose young people to enterprise-related learning byembedding it throughout the College network. 
 
CREATE is the hub for Bridge 2 Business covering the UHI college network and our “Get Inspired across the Highlands and Islands” event was a full, in-depth, one-day event that provided a golden opportunity to showcase enterprise from across the Highland and Islands to further education students and young people interested in the Bridge 2 Business calendar.
 
The event was co-ordinated by Create as part of Inverness College UHI with the assistance and co-operation of Argyll College UHI, West Highland College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Shetland College UHI, Moray College UHI, Perth College UHI, North Highland College UHI and Orkney College UHI.

We reached over 250 students from 15 different curriculum areas on the day and, due to recordings of the sessions, will reach a great many more in the weeks to come.  Over the coming week we will publish a feature on each of these events individually  Here is just some of the feedback from the students who attended:
  • was inspired by their passion and really wanted to find my own
  • I’m now motivated to live with the goal of my own business’
  • ‘they made me feel that if you have the confidence to start up your own business, go for it
  • you can be successful wherever you are based if your product is good enough’

'Get Inspired' across the Highlands and Island


An entrepreneurship conference for all students is to be held on Wednesday, 20th April 2016.  This is a full, fun, one-day event giving students a golden opportunity to engage with regional entrepreneurs and be inspired first-hand about the world of enterprise adn the steps needed to make things happen.
 

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Masterclasses to the 4 for Employability Week


Monday 7th of March marks the launch of Employability Week and CREATE are looking forward to supporting this with a series of speaker based sessions that will engage with students from across a range of curriculum bases. Among a range of events that are being coordinated by the Guidance Team the students will be also able to attend four separate Bridge2Business masterclasses with entrepreneurs and industry experts covering forestry, hair, beauty and business.

On Monday 7th March, 12-1 in Salon 151 we have Carla Smith, the Managing Director of Ego Hair Design along with Scottish Hairdresser of the Year Claire McIntyre who will be passing on their top tips to the current hairdressing cohort.

On Tuesday we move up to the Scottish School of Forestry Building, Balloch where David Robertson the Regional Manager at Scottish Woodlands Ltd will be talking about the range of roles within his organisation and how students’ can make the most of the opportunities in front of them.

Thursday will see two further Masterclasses.  At 10am (Rm 143) one of the leading local entrepreneurial start-ups Clare Campbell coming in to talk about her business Prickly Thistle.  This company designs bespoke tartans which help to provide organisations with a clear brand identity.  These tartans come with a story which explains how the history of the company is represented in a truly unique way.
Then at 1pm (Rm 140) Natalie Equi, the owner of Bella Nails and Beauty Salon, will talk about how she build up both her company and her skillset at such a young age.  As a multi award winning nail artist and a brand ambassador for some of the industry’s top names she is sure to add some colour and spark to round off the week perfectly.

Business Idea Competition goes National


All eligible students who entered our 2015 Business Idea Competition were supported and encouraged by the CREATE team and our new enterprising Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) intern, Ioannis Apanozidis to develop their ideas and enter the SIE Fresh Ideas competition.  SIE has now announced the final round of monthly winners for their competition and we are delighted to see the following winners and highly commended from our student entrants -

December
1st Prize - Prakash Aryal, Environmental Science research student at Inverness College UHI
Highly commended - Anna Renouf, BScH Environmental Science student at Inverness College UHI

January
Joint 3rd Prize - Jennifer Macleod, BAH Visual Design & Communication student at Inverness College UHI

All winners and highly commended entrants are invited to join the next stage of the SIE competition - the exclusive Exploration Day event on 21st February where they will have the opportunity to work on their idea with SIE Business Advisers.  The final competition winners will then be announced at the SIE Student Enterprise Summit on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016 and information will be available soon on how staff and students can attend.

Meanwhile, a big well done to our Business Idea Compeititon student entrants who seized this great opportunity.
 

Community Link Keyrings on Sale!


Community Link students have been very enterprising by creating some fantastic handmade keyrings which are going on sale in the Inverness College shop.  The students made use of the Bridge 2 Business challenge funds on offer to student groups looking to run a business enterprise whilst raising funds for a charity.  In this case, the students are raising funds for www.mickeysline.co.uk.

Mickeysline was born out of tragedy and also out of hope and is an Inverness charity for young people who feel they need someone to text or talk to.  The people they reach will be trained and young and they will be able to talk or text back.
 

 

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