SUMMER SCHOOL: MIT and Harvard Come to Stirling to Deliver Summer School for Scottish Entrepreneurs

From our friends at Scotland Can Do Scale:


Scotland Can Do SCALE to host entrepreneurship experts

19th May 2016, Scottish entrepreneurs with ambitions to grow their businesses are being encouraged to register for a free place at the Scotland Can Do SCALE summer school, taking place at Stirling University in August.

Confirmed speakers for the programme include Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT entrepreneurship, and author of 24 Steps to Disciplined Entrepreneurship and Noam Wasserman, professor at Harvard Business School and author of The Founders’ Dilemmas.

The innovative residential training course will cover topics including building a team, knowing your customer, succession planning and accelerating and exiting a business.

The programme is targeted at those who have already started a business and have big aspirations for growth, with 70 places available which are fully funded for eligible entrepreneurs. The four day summer school will commence at 6pm Sunday 31st July and runs until Thursday 4th August.

To attend this year’s summer school entrepreneurs must first complete the online training devised by leaders in entrepreneurship at MIT, accessed via the Scotland Can Do SCALE website

The online course should be completed by 31st May and entrepreneurs who complete the course will be eligible to apply for the summer school. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a selection day on the 27th or 28th June in Glasgow, in which this year’s summer school cohort will be chosen.

Eleanor Mitchell, Head of High Growth Ventures, Scottish Enterprise said, “We’re delighted to be hosting 70 entrepreneurial business leaders in Stirling this August who will get access to expert tuition from MIT and Harvard. This programme has been described as life changing by entrepreneurs who took part in last year’s pilot. It’s tough to start a business and it doesn’t get any easier when you want to grow. We’ve designed this course to offer you a practical approach, a set of tools and access to a group of like-minded leaders to help you to the next level. We can’t wait to meet the 2016 cohort.”

Funded and delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council, and sitting under the Scotland Can Do government banner, the SCALE programme aims to develop a cohort of Scottish entrepreneurs who are capable of building world-class businesses.

To take part in this incredible opportunity, entrepreneurs should visit the website and register today.

To find out more watch the Scotland Can do SCALE video here:

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Ask Me Anything with MIT’s Bill Aulet – Scotland Can Do SCALE 2016 preview…

An exciting free event being hosted in Glasgow next Thursday with MIT’s Bill Aulet.

The Ask Me Anything session is being hosted to encourage entrepreneurs with scalable businesses to apply to take part in Scotland Can Do SCALE.

The event is being streamed on Periscope, so people unable to attend in person in Glasgow can also register to watch the session online. Tickets (in person and online) are available free here:

About Bill Aulet

Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, Bill had a 25 year track record of success in business himself. He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and more importantly has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars in market value in those companies.

Bill started his career at IBM getting training and experience in technical, marketing, sales, financial, and international business operations and management. Upon graduation, he resigned from IBM and became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the president/chief executive officer (Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies). The latter became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company. With a presence in over 20 countries, SensAble also won more than 24 awards and was featured in Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation.

Today, in addition to his work at MIT, Bill works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation, the same fundamentals have been successfully applied. He writes as much as possible in places such as, MIT Sloan Experts, The Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, The Huffington Post and the MIT Entrepreneurship Review.

About Scotland Can Do SCALE

Scottish entrepreneurs with potential to scale-up their businesses are being offered world class training from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School with Scotland Can Do SCALE. The programme has two strands, an introductory online course teaching how to put customers at the heart of a business and a residential summer school. Applicants must complete the online course (four modules each taking around four hours) to qualify to apply to summer school. Everyone taking part will be supported by Scotland’s exceptional entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop and grow their business.

Funded and delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council, and sitting under the Scotland Can Do government banner, the programme will inspire entrepreneurs to grow scalable businesses. The deadline to complete the online course and qualify to apply for summer school is 29th April. To sign up visit the website and click sign-up today.