Firstport Announce Winners of their Social Innovation Competition

News from our chums at Firstport:

The Social Innovation Competition delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport, celebrates individuals and start up companies in Scotland using their creativity and imagination to solve pressing social issues, focusing in 2017 on the themes of culture, heritage and tourism.

The winning projects include: a project to restore an iconic community building, a business boosting ethical tourism in Scotland and an organic food producer. These are just some of the projects who have scooped awards in this national competition for their innovative ideas.

The winners were presented with their awards by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, at a reception held by Social Enterprise Scotland in the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 7 November). They receive £5000 each and tailored business support from Firstport.

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Social Enterprise Awards Scotland.

Full details of all the awards at More information on the Social Innovation Competition at

Investing Women’s Ambition Award open for entries!

The Investing Women Ambition Award is open for entries now until the 1st December!

Ambition is for early stage female led ideas (or start-ups) and comes with an impressive support package for winners.

This year they have split the competition into categories and all that’s needed to enter is a 1-2 min pitch video outlining the idea/business.


  • Women in STEM
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Innovator
  • Education and Training
  • Student Award
  • Ambition Award

Entry information can be found here

RBS: Female Festival, 12 December 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their Edinburgh HQ. You’re invited to meet their most influential female leaders. Come along and network with their best and brightest and get first hand experience of their diverse, inclusive culture.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to take part in:

  • A series of talks from female leaders both internal and external to RBS
  • Development workshops to build your entrepreneurial mindset – hosted by their expert partners from E-Spark
  • The chance to network with different areas of their business and connect with our top female talent
  • A look at the exciting work that women across RBS are driving and delivering
  • See what a career with RBS could mean for you!


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.


RBS: Insight Day, 27 November 2017 – REGISTER NOW

RBS are opening the doors to their RBS Edinburgh HQ and showing you what both Change and Business Solutions & Technology Solutions are all about! RBS have graduate and intern opportunities for both.

Don’t miss this chance to:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills with expert training from their Entrepreneurial
    Development Managers
  • Join a panel session with Edinburgh alumni and find out why they love their graduate
  • Network with senior managers, graduates and recruiters
  • Get first hand experience of their collaborative & customer centric culture
  • See how graduates from any degree discipline can use their skills and achieve success
  • Find out about their programmes and how RBS develops graduate talent


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here.


RBS: Dine & Discover, various dates and locations – REGISTER NOW

RBS are hosting an invitation only dining experience, exclusively for students to find out more about their programmes.

They have graduate and intern opportunities across their business. You’ll spend an evening dining with some of the brightest minds at RBS. You’ll get to talk with their best graduates and their most experienced managers. You’ll find out about their opportunities, get a great insight into their culture and discover what a career at RBS will mean for you. This is a great chance to network, speak with and learn from the best.

  • Evening networking sessions from representatives across RBS business
  • University specific events plus a regional event open to any student living in and around Edinburgh (inc Napier and HW)
  • Some are bank wide and some are Technology specific
  • Students can apply via the website using the link below


Locations and dates in Scotland are:

Strathclyde Business School Foyer, 17 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of St Andrews, 18 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Edinburgh (venue TBC), 24 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

The University of Glasgow (venue TBC), 25 October 2017, 6:30-9:30pm


To find out more and register your place please visit the RBS website here and filter on ‘Dine & Discover’.


We Are The Future and Datalab collaborate on Fireside Chat event 

We Are The Future are working with The Data Lab to put together a Fireside Chat with Chris Neumann, Venture Partner at 500 Startups at our office in Leith, Edinburgh on 7th July.

500 Startups in one of Silicon Valley’s most successful accelerator programmes, founded by Super Angel Dave McClure.

Chris is a big data veteran who cofounded DataHero (acquired by Cloudability), and was the first employee at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata).

Following the hugely successful DataFest earlier this year, Chris heard about the activity happening in Edinburgh and Scotland so is coming over for a few days.

We would love for you to join us at our office for a casual fireside chat with Chris and The Data Lab team. There is very limited space available unfortunately and only have 30 tickets available – if you’d like to join us can you please sign up here on Eventbrite.

Submissions Open for CivTech® 2.0!

CivTech® 2.0 submission deadline is Thursday 1st June 09:00am

The CivTech® 2.0 challenge application portal is now open on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)! You can access the application page in a few ways.

1) Click on a challenge image below and it will take you straight to the application page on PCS.

2) Go to the ‘how to apply section’ on our wiki and select the challenge for which you are applying.

3) Go to Public Contracts Scotland –> Browse notices –>  Advanced search (below further search options) and search ‘CivTech Challenge’.

Q&A Sessions

We will be live streaming Q&A sessions with the CivTech® 2.0 Challenge Sponsors via our YouTube channel. Details for these sessions are below. If you have any questions regarding the Challenges send them to

JOBS: Director of User Services sought by University of Edinburgh

The following position is being advertised by The University of Edinburgh and the recruiter has asked us to spread word through the Girl Geek Scotland Network. Hope it is of interest to some of you. Details below and at the link:

Hudson Technology Change & Digital Transformation are now working with one of Scotland’s most recognised institutes as they seek to recruit a Director of User Services within one of their key Service Groups. This role will form a critical part of the organisation’s Digital and Service Transformation Strategy as they will focus on providing an excellent level of service for the wider organisation.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.


JOBS: Deputy CIO Sought by The University Of Edinburgh

The following position is being advertised by The University of Edinburgh and the recruiter has asked us to spread word through the Girl Geek Scotland Network. Hope it is of interest to some of you. Details below and at the link:

Hudson Technology, Change & Digital Transformation are proud to be working with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most globally recognised institutes in the country, as they seek to recruit the Director of their Applications Development and Operations Division within the Information Services Group. With a focus on the University’s Digital Transformation strategy over the next few years, this role is a critical hire for the organisation as they aim to stay at the forefront of technology within higher education.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.

EVENT: Sign Up for our FREE Mentoring event on Tuesday 23 May 2017- Breaking the Glass Ceiling

This event will provide valuable insights to those of us that have experienced ‘the glass ceiling’ effect in our workplace as well as to employers who would like to maximize the potential of their employees.

We have a fantastic range of speakers and workshops planned to tell you more about the initiatives that are operating across a number of companies and how as individuals we can empower ourselves to challenge this issue within our own work environment.


For security please ensure you register for access to the building.

Event Details

Anderson Strathern Solicitors, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh, EH3 8EY

(Host) Anderson Strathern Solicitors
Talat Yaqoob – Director, Equate Scotland
Ceri Shaw – Engineering Manager, FreeAgent

6.30 pm – 7pm Registration and networking
7pm Welcome and introductions
7.10pm – 7.30pm Presentations
7.30pm – 8pm Networking
8pm – 9pm Workshops led by speakers
9pm – 9.45pm Wrap up and networking

Wine/soft drinks and nibbles provided

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