Empowering Scotland's Leaders: Introducing Entrepreneurial Scotland Membership

Membership of a brand-new business community will deliver many benefits, writes Richard McConnell of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

At Entrepreneurial Scotland, our guiding ethos is "An entrepreneurial Scotland is a prosperous Scotland". Underpinning this ethos is an understanding that to help create a prosperous society, we need ambitious leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset to help deliver growth, quality jobs, investment and innovation in Scotland. A prosperous society is built by people, so we need to invest in empowering more people who can drive that prosperity. I joined Entrepreneurial Scotland in March as the Head of Community & Philanthropy, after ten years working in philanthropy for the University of Glasgow. I have always been passionate about education and have helped to raise millions in donations to promote access to and deliver excellence in universities. In Scotland we are blessed with higher education institutions specialising in all major disciplines and expertise. Education can empower individuals to reach their full potential and plays a vital role in driving innovation, economic growth, and social progress. But despite this strength, Scotland is still not delivering on its entrepreneurial promise. We need leaders who can not only recognise a good idea when they see it, but who can then harness the idea and deliver it. For this, we need to develop more entrepreneurial leaders and an ecosystem that helps connect and support them through their journey.

An Entrepreneurial Scotland is a prosperous Scotland. A prosperous society is built by people, so we need to invest in empowering more people who can drive that prosperity.


To tackle this, Entrepreneurial Scotland helps unlock Scotland's potential by accelerating the leaders of today. We are focused on nurturing and empowering entrepreneurial minds who can drive businesses forward and propel Scotland's growth. We have over 20 years of experience in building the belief, mindset and connections needed to make an impact.

If you are currently leading a business in Scotland, we can support you. Over the coming months, we will be launching our brand-new community, the Entrepreneurial Scotland Membership, which will commence in November. Our Membership has been guided by three common themes we consistently hear from leaders in Scotland.

1. No one does it alone - The best leaders surround themselves with like-minded people who are on a similar journey, and those who have a proven track record of delivering growth.

2. Leaders learn from other leaders - Leadership skills can't just be learned from a manual. The best way to acquire the wisdom and insight to grow your business is to learn from others who have been there and done it.

3. Your network is your net worth - With the right network, you can open the door to new opportunities for growth, be inspired to think bigger and navigate the challenges that present themselves as you scale.



Knowing where to make these connections can be half the battle. At Entrepreneurial Scotland, we want to help you make meaningful connections with leaders across the Scottish ecosystem. Leaders who want to help deliver for Scotland.

Our first Members will join an exclusive cohort based in the central belt, which will kickstart a year-long journey of growth. Curation is key to our Membership. We are focused on bringing together the right individuals at the right forums at the right point of your journey, to make the most of your time and maximise your experience.

Being a Member will connect you to opportunities and other leaders who will accelerate your success. You will be part of a suite of bespoke events that offer valuable insights; opportunities to broaden your network; and most importantly, time to connect. These events will range from an Overnight Retreat at Sir Tom Hunter’s Blair Castle in Ayrshire to Private Dinners with iconic entrepreneurs, and behind-the-scenes visits to meet some of Scotland's foremost innovators.

At each step, you will get valuable time with your fellow Members, giving you the opportunity to deepen those connections and boost the power of your network.

We will help connect you with your near-peers, our Associates, who are entrepreneurial leaders a few steps ahead of you on your entrepreneurial journey. We will also introduce you to our community of Scottish business icons, our Ambassadors, who will be present at events to offer wisdom and inspire you to think bigger.

Places are limited, so don't miss out. For more info, register your interest below


This article was written for the Autumn 2023 Edition of The Herald Business HQ Magazine. Click here to read the full edition.