Unleashing our full potential

Published Monday, 13th November 2017 in About SRUC news

Entrepreneurial spark vets scheme
Pictured: Bryn Tennant of SRUC and Karen Christie of Entrepreneurial Spark with Bryn's Border Terrier Pippin

As television audiences watch competition continue to heat up on The Apprentice, a new campaign has been launched to inspire staff and students at Scotland’s Rural College through entrepreneurship.

Amid a rapidly changing rural landscape, the campaign coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week (13-17 November) and is part of SRUC’s strategy to instil a mindset of innovation among students and staff.

Working with Entrepreneurial Spark, one of the initiatives is the awarding of a six-month fellowship, which will see a member of SRUC staff given time to devote to his plan to bolster the number of veterinary practices signing up to a quality assurance scheme.

Competing against a dozen other members of SRUC staff, Bryn Tennant won the chance to spend 40 per cent of his working time over the next six months to further develop his business idea. Applying entrepreneurial ideas into something which benefits the wider business is called ‘intrapreneurship’ and is something SRUC is keen to instil in its staff.

At some point over the next six months, the Capital Diagnostics Manager at SAC Consulting’s Veterinary Services, based at the Easter Bush campus in Midlothian, will also be put through his paces at Entrepreneurial Spark’s unique, one-day #GoDoBootcamp, designed to introduce inductees to the growth mindset.

On 15 November, SRUC and Entrepreneurial Spark will also deliver an inspirational event for students, during which they will hear from two successful entrepreneurs: Kristen Hunter, Owner and Founder of Whisky Frames, and Lynn Mann, Founder of Supernature Oils and an ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.  

To help ensure that SRUC continues to engender a spirit of entrepreneurship in the future, the College has worked with Entrepreneurial Spark to introduce a staff catalyst programme. A dozen members of SRUC staff who have attended a series of workshops will be available to students and staff seeking advice on starting their own business.

Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, said: “We are delighted to be working with Entrepreneurial Spark on this exciting programme of events and look forward to seeing new ideas generated. It’s essential for SRUC to instil an entrepreneurial culture in our staff and our students in order to drive innovation in our research, our teaching and in the way we engage with industry.”

Mike Stephens, Head of Strategic Projects, at Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “Entrepreneurship is so important for students today and needs to become embedded in our education system. That’s why it is so great to be working with SRUC, who clearly believe in an innovative approach to learning and development.

“We created the word ‘entrepreneuring’ because that is what we do. By enabling the right mindset in intrapreneurs like those at SRUC on this unique programme, we can really affect personal growth”. 

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