ES Catalysts

Entrepreneurial Scotland and Babson College have designed Saltire Leader Programmes to provide global perspective and international insight. They are for business leaders who want to have a lasting, positive impact on Scotland.

A unique, immersive, online experience that is challenging and action orientated.

Blending the knowledge and experience drawn from a cohort of selected peers, with facilitated discussion led by Entrepreneurial Scotland, the Catalyst turns entrepreneurial thought stimulated by Babson College - the number 1 school for entrepreneurship in the world for the past 25 years - into action over a 9 month period.

Babson College sets high expectations for participant engagement. Its faculty of entrepreneurs draw from personal experience and have a keen understanding of current affairs and global markets. The content will:

  • Accelerate your ability to turn entrepreneurial thinking into your action
  • Develop a global perspective from a diverse cohort of Saltire Leaders
  • Introduce perspectives and ideas that stimulate new thinking
  • Expand your leadership capability to align with the pace of growth in your business
  • Unlock the potential in your team through the applications of lessons learned

The Catalysts will be delivered in an online format where you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of innovation and growth, conscious and/or resilient leadership. These programmes will give you the tools and roadmap you need to facilitate and implement these evolving ideas and make them permanent.


The programmes put you outside your comfort zone and enable you to learn from some of the best entrepreneurial leaders as well as the people on your cohort.

Ross Turner
MD, Pure Malt

Upcoming Programmes

Navigate Uncertainty with Resilience

Uncertainty is a big part of life, now more than ever. When careers and current events take unpredictable turns, it’s important to meet the moment with grit and flexibility. We call this resilience, and it’s what keeps us moving forward even though our work and personal lives are colliding in new ways, and the future is unknown. This programme will help you crystalize your definition of resilience, integrate it into your entrepreneurial leadership style, and transform your team’s culture so it can thrive.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Learn how to define and find resilience in your daily routine
  • Discover what recent research has taught us about how entrepreneurial leaders can develop greater resilience
  • Find out how to build a culture that supports high-performing, resilient teams

Who Should Attend

This programme is for working professionals at any level who are working in complex, dynamic organizations, including well-established firms, as well as companies that are starting or growing.

What You Will Learn

In this online course, you will learn the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools of resilient leadership. The programme includes live webinars led by faculty and online sessions you will complete individually. Programme materials include individual assignments, group work, discussion boards, optional office hours, and readings that will help you and teams you work with become more resilient


This program is led by Babson College Associate Professor Scott Taylor and University of New Hampshire Associate Professor Vanessa Druskat.

Award-winning researcher and professor, Taylor studies the various approaches organizations use to assess and develop their leaders, evaluates the effectiveness of those approaches, and develops new approaches to improve leader assessment and development. Taylor has taught and consulted for executives and working professionals from leading organizations around the world. His research has been featured in a number of publications including Harvard Business Review, MSNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal blog.

Druskat is an associate professor of organisational behavior at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Internationally recognized as an expert on the role of emotion and emotional intelligence in effective leadership and team performance, she is an award-winning teacher and researcher who has authored and co-authored over three dozen research articles.

Programme Cost:

£2,950 per participant

Resilient Leadership 2021

What Will You Learn?

This entrepreneurial leadership professional development course provides an introduction to corporate culture building that will take your team to the next level. During this team building program, explore how to develop an innovation culture and team of entrepreneurial leaders within your organisation. Then, discover the characteristics and actions that make successful entrepreneurial leaders stand out from the pack. 

Session topics include:

  • How to Develop Entrepreneurial Leaders Within Your Team
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership: Think & Act like a CEO
  • Innovation Culture: Building an Innovation Sandbox

Who Should Attend?

This entrepreneurial leadership team building program is well suited for both leaders with direct reports and those who are individual contributors. Participants from any function and company stage or type (startup to large enterprise, private and public sector) will benefit from this entrepreneurial leadership team building course. 


This program is led by Babson College Professor Jay Rao, who teaches extensively for Babson Executive Education. He teaches and consults in the areas of innovation, how firms can implement innovation initiatives, corporate entrepreneurship, and customer experience innovation.

Navigating Volatility Brochure

Behind the Scenes: Innovation and Growth Catalyst

Entrepreneurial Scotland's Innovation and Growth: Post Crisis Catalyst, designed in partnership with Babson College, is tailor-made for business leaders who want to do different; embrace world-class learning and develop alongside fellow business leaders in a collaborative cohort environment.

Two months in, we catch up with current cohort Yvonne MacKay, David Provan, David Stott and Neil McInnes on their journey so far and ask how their Catalyst experience is better equipping them to change the game in their market, in the short and long term.