Acorn Enterprise is an organisation dedicated to growing Scotland's start-up business culture. We are more than a Business Accelerator: we run 20 week Business Accelerator Programmes, Acorn Business Bootcamps and Entrepreneurial Events.
Our Mission: to help 501 new businesses start up and thrive in the next 3 years through our 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme.
We accelerate new businesses in Further and Higher education and we also work with business owners who are not in academia. By bringing together these two unique groups, we facilitate an exciting cross-fertilisation of businesses, ideas and connections.
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AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THERE IS NO FEAR OF FAILURE
Acorn Enterprise is run by business owners, for business owners. We provide an environment where there is no fear of failure, allowing like-minded people to test out and grow their businesses together.
Ultimately, we exist to break down the barriers that prevent or limit people from launching a new business by giving those we work with: confidence, business skills, vital connections and clarity of where they want to be.
OUR FOCUS IS ON BUILDINGS SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES
Whilst there has never been a better time to launch a new business in Scotland, we feel there is a gap in the support for business owners in more rural locations, like the East Coast. Our structured, intensive and holistic 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme and entrepreneurial events (Acorn Business Bootcamps and Acorn Talks Business) tackles this head on.
We also believe that there is a lot of support for high-growth businesses, the high-tech industry and companies seeking investment, however, other start-up busineses, that do not fit into these categories, have been left behind.
Therefore, our focus is on building sustainable businesses, that may not employ 1000's of people or have global aspirations, but are of paramount importance to the local communities they operate in and to the local staff they employ. Acorn Enterprise is really here to accelerate these local business heroes by enabling ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
ACCELERATING STUDENTS ENTREPRENEURS
Increasingly, we are working with Universities and Colleges to offer practical support and advice to accelerate students' businesses. Not only do we provide inspiration, through our Acorn Business Bootcamps and other entrepreneurial events (Acorn Talks Business), we also offer an intensive, structured, holistic 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme to get the students from business idea or early stage venture, to a point where they have the clarity, business connections, skills and confidence to ensure their startup grows and thrives.
We know that Universities and Colleges are eager to promote entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to getting a job, and many already provide incubation space, so we work in partnership with them to add extra value and accelerate this process.
PUTTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT THE HEART OF WHAT YOU DO
Acorn Enterprise works with new business owners, local authorities, Universities and Colleges, and other organisations who want to put entrepreneurship at the heart of what they do. We love new challenges and are always looking for new opportunities to accelerate business growth so join us now...and START UP!
Remember, from little Acorns...mighty Oaks grow!
Kallum is passionate about marketing, small businesses and entrepreneurship.
Having launched 4 businesses and had 4 jobs in the 3 year's since his graduation, Kallum brings a wealth of practical knowledge gained from working on different projects. He has also built up a strong professional network.
Kallum connects people, places and things. He enjoys challenging the norm, the mundane and the accepted. Put simply, he make things happen and enjoys doing it.LinkedIn My Blog
Jerry also brings a diverse set of skills and real experience gained from owning multiple businesses.
He is the Managing Director of Liberty Business Centres, which has operated in Fife for over 14 years.
Jerry is also an active member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and is committed to giving back to other business owners.LinkedIn My Blog
"For me, at Dragnet Design this programme has been one of the best experiences ever. The programme has helped me overcome all the issues that many new start up companies face. From confidence, believing in my worth, talking about my business to simple accountancy, marketing and sales. Kallum is a relaxed, easy going and such an inspiration. It really is an amazing programme which I am proud to have been part off. ACORNS ROCK!"Debbie Kemp - Owner of Dragnet Design
"The time has really flown past and I have found the structure and routine useful. There has been a sense of purpose in my working day and it has been good to 'go to work'. I have found all the seminars useful and have come away with some useful nuggets from each one.
My focus and drive has improved and I feel more professional in my behaviour and work. The best thing is having the support and friendship of the other Acorns, even though we are a diverse bunch".Jane Camillin - Owner of Pitch Publishing
"Being part of Acorn Enterprise has given me the tools I need to develop my business. Having a dedicated space where you can work, paired with regular skill building sessions has helped me increase my productivity and efficiency exponentially.
Another benefit is the social interaction you get with like-minded individuals; the life of an entrepreneur can be pretty lonely at times and you can struggle with issues that you feel others may not understand; the Programme facilitates weekly discussions and collaboration between members and as a result is of great benefit to those involved.
Acorn Enterprise really does give its members, and their businesses, the support they need to help grow and I would recommend it highly to anyone starting up or looking to grow."Sam Trett - Owner of LoCa Beverages
"I really enjoyed Acorn Enterprise's Business Accelearator Programme. The atmosphere in the Hubspace co-working office is always inclusive and I love seeing how the other Acorns are getting on.
The seminars are very useful and I found the ones about pitching and marketing particularly helpful for me in my start-up stages.
I love the regular goal setting and also having the Acorns to attend business events with is a wonderful security!".Rachel Thompson - Owner of Sense of Self
"I've found the Business Accelerator Programme particularly helpful at this early stage of self employment.
The biggest benefit I experienced was the accountability that the Programme focusses on as this has helped me to fully commit to my business and to making progress.
Seminars on goal setting and networking have been helpful and I know have a mentor which has proved very beneficial".Karen Mowat - Owner of Karen Mowat Music
"If you are intending or even just thinking about starting a business or enterprise, I would thoroughly recommend Acorn Enterprise. Every weekly session you will learn about and explore your own business model through interactions with the group, invited speakers and all the different seminars.
Acorns has given me more motivation and energy to drive my life forward with more focus, as well as making new friends. Being a start up is a roller coaster but it is much more enjoyable with a support network and Acorns has given me the confidence to embrace that journey!".Stephen Knudsen - Owner of KNU Design
"I have found the Business Accelerator Programme to be extremely helpful, supportive and insightful for my business so far.
It has helped highlight areas of the business which I am not paying much attention to, but should be, along with helping to clarify what my aims and goals for the business are, both short and long term.
The variety of speakers and topics covered has been fantastic, and the atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming. It is a very supportive and encouraging environment, although challenging at times, and has helped boost my confidence in me as a person".Laura Hutchison - Owner of Ignite FMT
"Acorn Enterprise's programme came along at exactly the right time for me. I now feel focused and confident that I can use what I have learned to grow and adapt my business.
The team at Acorn Enterprise and the weekly speakers are a huge help and inspiration because they have been there as start-ups; and the communal workspace is great for me because as a freelance I really miss working as part of a team".Donna Cole - Owner of Donna Cole Editorial
“Acorn Enterprise was exactly what I needed when I was starting out. The weekly seminars where always interesting and even though every one didn't apply to me, they always applied to someone and where still insightful.
The mentor I got through them was a perfect fit. Everything fitted in place as I went through and the support group I gained though the course was a hidden gem that I was expecting to gain. Kallum and the team were so on the ball all the time and really was so helpful. Where my business has gone because of Acorn Enterprise was worth so much of my time, I regret nothing.”Catriona Maciver - Owner of CatMacDesign
Now in our second year, we want to build on the success of our first year in which we helped 45 new businesses, or Acorns as we call them, via our FREE 20 week Business Accelerator Programme which you can learn more about by clicking here.
Acorn Enterprise is now seeking to partner with other forward thinking organisations in Fife that care about the local community and are keen to promote Fife as a place to successfully set up a new business.
We're sure that you will agree that a more entrepreneurial society enriches not only the lives of those taking part in the formation of new businesses but also for the wider community as a whole.
Supporting our FREE 20 week Business Accelerator Programme has a number of benefits because it is such a unique opportunity to support and communicate directly with the new business community in Fife.
For some organisations this will be a simple opportunity to work on CSR , for others it will be more deep seated belief that supporting local entrepreneurship is simply the right way to give back. Whatever your motivation we hope that you will join us in making Fife a more entrepreneurial place to be. Please contact us here...
Remember, from little Acorns...mighty Oaks grow!