We Understand the Challenges Facing Students
Having worked with over 140 students and new business owners since 2013, through our 20 week Business Accelerator Programmes and Acorn Business Bootcamps, we really understand the challenges of successfully launching and growing a new business in 2016 as both a student and a non-academic business owner.
Offering More Than "Just A Degree"
We know that Colleges and Universities want to offer more than "just a degree" and are keen to make their students "world-ready", whether as an entrepreneurially-minded employee or a new business owner. Acorn Enterprise is here to help with that.
Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Practice
Our training programmes and sessions, such as our Acorn Business Bootcamps, will inspire, challenge and develop the students and, more importantly, bridge the gap between what is learnt in the classroom and applying it after graduation.
This is particularly the case for courses, such as hairdressing, plumbing and software engineering, where some students may launch their own business after graduation but are not taught how to do so during their studies.
All Levels of Enterprise Should Be Encouraged
A lot of the current business support from external public-sector organisations only focuses on “innovate” or “growth” businesses at the expense of “ordinary” businesses - we feel all levels of enterprise should be encouraged and supported to grow and thrive.
Additionally, we can call on real business role models who can open up the students’ eyes to the vast opportunities that surround us everyday and also develop their aspirations.
Self-confidence, business skills and contacts all have a part to play in helping new businesses to grow and thrive so we develop these in those that we work with.
We Work With Colleges & Universities That Are Serious About Enterprise
Ultimately, our mission is to grow Scotland's start-up business culture and we strongly believe that our role is to help both new business owners from Colleges and Universities as well as those from the mainstream to grow and thrive.
We work with Colleges and Universities that are serious about fostering a real culture of enterprise, throughout the curriculum, and this is something we can help with.
Here are some of the areas where we can help you:
- we can add value to your business incubator or help you establish one.
- we can help you embed enterprise into different curriculum areas, instead of bolting it on to existing course material.
- we can bridge the gap between academia and entrepreneurship