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Entrepreneurship Advancement Programme

Supporting Startups

Entrepreneur Training

Develop skills and begin your entrepreneurial journey with our range of training programmed aimed at helping aspiring innovators develop and implement their business ideas.

Our ambition is to support as many aspiring entrepreneurs as possible whether they want to be freelancers, small businesses or startups. Our economy is driven by small to medium sized enterprises, so we want to provide the support needed to develop and grow a venture. We have several training programmes and opportunities that you can take part in.

Enterprise Enhancement Award

Are you at the early stages of developing an idea, or interested in being your own boss as a freelancer or small business owner? This free, self-paced, certificated award programme will take you step-by-step through coming up with and implementing your idea.

Through the programme you will have access too:

  • Online, self-paced topics on key steps of setting up a business
  • Access to downloadable resources and materials
  • Shared virtual spaces to interact with other entrepreneurs

For those who complete the award, you may be offered additional support such as:

  • Scheduled interactive workshops with other entrepreneurs
  • Sessions with a business mentor in a set number of one-to-one meetings
  • Use of co-working spaces in the City Centre and Garthdee
  • Certificate of Achievement from the programme

Students and staff will be able to access and work through online topics at any time but there will be two deadlines to submit for the award each year. The award is offered to current students in on-campus programmes through online self-paced topics and to graduates as our Entrepreneurship Summer School.

Entrepreneurship Toolkit

For those interested in exploring entrepreneurial skills or want access to materials and resources to support them to develop a business – visit the RGU Entrepreneurship Toolkit. This online space includes:

  • Recorded Innovation Masterclasses from innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Short microlearning topics introducing key innovation topics and can be completed in less than ten minutes
  • Forums and collaboration spaces with other entrepreneurs
  • Downloadable resources and materials
  • Access to our Enterprise Enhancement Award and events programmes.

Take the first step on your business journey with the toolkit:

Creative Entrepreneurship Short Course

Are you a creative looking to set up a business or develop your practice? Whether that is fashion or photography to crafts or gaming, we believe that creative businesses are a vital part of developing our economy.

Through a series of workshops, online resources, and guest speakers, participants will create a portfolio of evidence of their developing business over eight weeks and earn a fifteen-credit postgraduate qualification.

The course is run in partnership with Look Again and is run multiple times a year.

Innovation Academy

Are you struggling to come up with a creative idea? Do you want to be an entrepreneur but don’t know what idea to go with? Innovation Academy is an online schedule of workshops for students and staff designed to worth through the idea generation process and focus on solving key challenges. It is about being innovative – not about setting up a business.

The programme is designed as a pre-accelerator to help teams form and come up with solutions to put forward the best application for the RGU Startup Accelerator.  Sessions will be run online in term one covering everything from idea generation, to design thinking to customer discovery and more.

Innovation Skills

Do you want to develop your professional skills either to start a business or work in a job? Our Innovation Skills workshops are designed to broaden the mind of our communities and provide practical training on tools and approaches to new innovative thinking.

A selection of these free workshops shall be focused around practical entrepreneurial skills such as social media marketing, legal structures, intellectual property, business finances and more. If you don’t have a business idea yet and want to learn or be inspired, these sessions are a starting point on your entrepreneurial journey. Find out what events are coming up:

Scottish Innovative Student Award

As part of your course, you may already be gaining innovation and entrepreneurship training if one of your modules is accredited with the Scottish Institute for Enterprise SISA Award. This national certificate recognises skills gained in creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking. You can gain a Level 1 award by applying to SIE after either completing an accredited RGU module or attending one of our university-wide workshops.

Once you have earned your Level 1: Future Thinker you can apply for a Level 2 and Level 3 award and attend workshops with students from across Scotland.

Find our more about the awards and submit an application:

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Other Resources

If you are looking for more support, then you can get in touch with our team by emailing and speaking to us, otherwise, these are some additional useful resources you can use for free.

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