Scotland

Challenge for young Scots entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are being invited to enter a competition to win between £100 and £2,500 to develop their ideas.

The Scottish government's £80,000 Young Innovators Challenge is open to over-18s who are at college or university or in training programmes.

One of last year's winners, Victoria Hamilton, is now working on a start-up business specialising in kneepads.

The Strathclyde University graduate said the prize money was "phenomenal in getting things moving".

The 23-year-old added: "The association with the competition has really helped in promoting the business, and has provided me with numerous opportunities to meet with various well-respected entrepreneurs and receive their feedback."

Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said: "This award is a fantastic opportunity for young people from all academic backgrounds to come up with innovative ideas to boost economic growth.

"Last year's five winners show clearly the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Scotland. Their success builds on our proud tradition as innovators.

"Our people are our greatest asset and it is crucial, perhaps more now than ever, that we see their economic potential unleashed."

More than 170 people are expected to benefit from the awards.

Applicants should be studying at college or university, taking part in a national training programme or working towards a modern apprenticeship.

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