Innovation Skills and Tools

Inspiring Innovation

Innovation Events

Our ambition is to inspire our communities to innovate for the future through regular guest speakers, practical workshops and events.

How can you ensure that you have the skills for the future? What does it take to innovate for the future? Whether you are being an entrepreneur setting up a game-changing business or working in an organisation and developing new products and services, being innovate is more important than ever.

Through practical workshops, inspirational guest speakers and interactive events, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group seek to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.

Innovation & Enterprise Masterclasses

Hear from inspirational innovators and successful leaders during these free guest lecturers. From sharing their career journey and lessons learnt, to educating audiences on new ways of thinking, Innovation Masterclasses invite the wider community to have their perspective changed and their ambitions challenged.

Speakers have previously included:

  • Fraser Doherty MBE, Founder of SuperJam and Co-Founder of Beer 52
  • Hannah Miley, Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Pat Mills, Comic Book Author and Creator of Judge Dredd
  • Gillian Doherty OBE, CEO of the Data Lab
  • Dave Cormack, CEO of BrightTree and Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club
  • Jo Macsween, Former CEO of Macsween Haggis
  • Bob Keiller CBE, Former Chairman of Scottish Enterprise and CEO of Wood Group

Find out about our latest Innovation Masterclass by checking our events calendar and signing up for our mailing list:


You can also watch back on some of our previous Innovation Masterclass sessions:

Innovation & Enterprise Skills

Develop practical skills and understanding through our regular free short workshops to improve your innovative thinking. These interactive sessions held during lunchtimes or in the evenings introduce tools and frameworks to undertake innovation and apply new thinking or look at practical skills for implementing an entrepreneurial venture.

Our previous topics have included:

  • Understanding design thinking
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Explaining intellectual property
  • Considering the future of work
  • Social media training for startups
  • Legal skills for entrepreneurs
  • Cyber security for new businesses
  • Understanding accounts and taxes
  • Human resources for startups

If you are interested in developing your skills and being ready for the future of work, then view our events calendar to sign up for our latest Innovation Skills workshop.


Other Events

Throughout the year, we connect our industry partners, students, staff, alumni and entrepreneurs through several additional events, these include:

  • Innovation Boost – providing the opportunity for those interested in innovation to meet, share ideas and connect with the goal of boosting participants professional networks
  • Startup Sunday Live – celebrating the achievements of our startup teams through our annual showcase and pitching event which introduces our teams to the wider entrepreneurial community
  • Imaginize – highlighting and inspiring out-of-the-box thinking through an interactive exhibition of futuristic technologies with the opportunity to engage with them and consider how it might be utilised in various industries
  • Mentor Mashups – connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors from industry to discuss challenges, offer guidance and build professional networks
  • Innovation Socials – providing casual, interactive social events from virtual quizzes, to discos, to crafting challenges and more to bring entrepreneurs and colleagues together for social activities

Stay up-to-date on our latest event information:

If you have an idea for an event, or want more information, then contact

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