Lewis company to scale the heights with Harvard and MIT professors

An ambitious organisation from Stornoway has won a place on a prestigious business programme to be held in Stirling in early August.

Greenspace Live Ltd has successfully competed for a place on the CAN DO SCALE Programme 2015 which is aimed at entrepreneurs who want to set up or grow global businesses in Scotland.

The four day course will be led by Bill Aulet of the Martin Trust Centre at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Noam Wasserman of the Harvard Business School.

This is the first time that the two world-class business schools have run a course together anywhere in the world.

CAN DO SCALE is aimed at both future entrepreneurs with a new start-up idea as well as entrepreneurs with an existing business they want to scale-up and there will be 35 people on each of the two strands of the programme.

The programme will see a diverse range of sectors and businesses represented from the length and breadth of the country, including tourism, food and drink, creative industries, brewing as well as technology and software organisations.

There is also a range of business models including social enterprises signed-up for the course.

Participants will learn skills to help them ‘scale-up’ their business into an innovation-driven enterprise that can create significant growth via new products or services that can be delivered quickly and efficiently.

Donna Chisholm, Head of Business Innovation and Growth Sectors at Highlands and Islands Enterprise says that aiming the programme at ambitious innovation-driven entrepreneurs will have a huge impact on the Scottish economy.

She said: “Throughout Scotland we are really seeing entrepreneurship being encouraged by a number of different organisations across the whole system which starts to produce a groundswell of ambitious entrepreneurs in Scotland.

“We can support this, through the work we’re doing with Bill and Noam, to really help them to take a structured approach, and build a team around them so they can grow their companies to scale.”

The CAN DO SCALE programme is jointly funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.