A new social enterprise has been launched, aiming to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in Scottish schools.
TEF Scotland (The Entrepreneur’s Foundation) is bringing Scotland’s businesses and schools together to create and deliver innovative new products and services
The launch event at RBS Gogarburn in Edinburgh saw St Stephen’s Primary School from Coatbridge take part in workshops with three leading business organisations – Scottish Golf, Scottish Food & Drink Federation and Scottish Tourism Alliance.
With the pupils help they created a series of business challenges for their respective sectors:
Sports & Leisure: “Create new ways of playing traditional sports”
Food & Drink: “Develop a healthy, nutritious product using a key Scottish ingredient”
Travel & Tourism: “Create a unique, personal and memorable record of the customer’s experience that they can share with friends”
TEF Scotland Chairman Bruce Walker (Founder of Wearethefuture and Startup Summit) explained,
“We’re calling on entrepreneurs and businesses within the three sectors to take up the challenge – working with local schools to turn their Missions into commercial projects that in turn generate funds for TEF.
“TEF Scotland will then fund work to help teachers in schools across the whole of Scotland, including some of our most deprived areas, to develop their pupils’ entrepreneurial skills.”
The new initiative has been developed in partnership with Scotland Can Do, and as well introducing school pupils to the possibilities of being entrepreneurial, it also hopes to drive innovation with the businesses taking part.
Walker added “We think that by working with children, some of our leading businesses will unlock some great ideas.”
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney said:
“This is a great example of one of the many ways we can support enterprise and entrepreneurship in our schools and inspire the next generation of young businesspeople. The Entrepreneur’s Foundation (TEF) have come up with an incredibly exciting opportunity for the young people involved, this is exactly the kind of inventive and creative partnership we are looking to promote between the education system and businesses to provide valuable experience and better prepare our young people for working life.
“I look forward to seeing the results of the business missions set by the young people at the launch event today and matching the money they raise, up to a maximum of £50,000. These funds will enable TEF to work with even more teachers throughout Scotland to develop their own pupils’ entrepreneurial skills and take us one step closer to realising our ambition of making Scotland a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.”
For businesses and schools wishing to take part, go to www.tef.scot/getting-involved/