Recent research by the Federation of Small Businesses found that there is a huge community of microbusinesses, which make up 94% of all Scottish firms. Typically, a microbusiness will have fewer than 9 employees and an annual turnover of less than £500,000.

Scotland is a world-leading entrepreneurial nation, a place where sustainable growth and innovation deliver benefits to all of society. Scotland has a fantastically supportive ecosystem in which public, private and third sector organisations are united around this shared vision and collaborate to provide spin-outs, start-ups and scale-ups with world class support. These words were extracted from a recent study conducted by Scottish Enterprise, which outlines various organisations that help facilitate growth. We’ve listed a few of them below; you can read the full study here.

 

incubators

An incubator is a physical or virtual space that provides entrepreneurial training, mentoring and business support.

codebase, edinburgh
seedhaus, edinburgh
strathclyde incubator, glasgow


ACCELERATORS

An accelerator is a physical or virtual space that provides entrepreneurial training, mentoring and business support through a time-bound, cohort-based learning programme with an emphasis on rapid growth and successful seed funding.

elevator, aberdeen
the data lab, aberdeen
pathfinder, inverness

entrepreneurial support organisations

An entrepreneurial support organisation has the core purpose of providing advice, funding, connections, training and development opportunities for individual entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial companies.

adopt an intern, EDINBURGH
firstport, EDINBURGH
futurex, EDINBURGH
growbiz, BLAIRGOWRIE
SCOTTISH EDGE, EDINBURGH
SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE, GLASGOW


networking organisations

A networking organisation has the core purpose of providing events and opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet face-to-face or virtually to make connections and build their networks.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SCOTLAND, GLASGOW
GLOBALSCOT, EDINBURGH
GIRL GEEK SCOTLAND,
STARTEDIN, EDINBURGH
SCOTLANDIS, LINLITHGOW

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