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Chief Executive

Sandy Kennedy, is the Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland. Entrepreneurial Scotland commits to inspire, develop and connect current and future high impact entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, to ignite economic growth in Scotland. Entrepreneurial Scotland was founded with the coming together of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and the Saltire Foundation in 2014.

The Saltire Foundation accelerates the development of Scotland’s most promising business talent by giving them unique opportunities to work with, learn from and network with the world’s leading business players. Sandy’s extensive commercial background has involved the successful startup of Bowie Castlebank Group’s online ecommerce sites, the turnaround and growth of over 600 of their physical retail stores, as well as securing a partnership agreement with the largest supermarket chain in the UK.

Educated at Cambridge University he became a qualified lawyer with Ashursts in London specialising in venture capital. He joined 3i, the private equity firm, in 1996 and worked on a mix of traditional leveraged deals and tech venture capital. In 2000, he won the Chris Hill Prize for best overall MBA student at Strathclyde.

Expertise:

  • Entrepreneurship in general and in addition:  o Nature v nurture – can you teach entrepreneurship? o How to find and develop talent to enable high growth
  • How to grow firms in Scotland – creating jobs and wealth and taxes
  • The importance of a global mind-set
  • Commercialisation of academic research – the challenges and opportunities
  • Engaging Scotland’s diaspora in its future
  • Growing a social enterprise
  •  Measuring impact   

Education:

  • MBA, Business Administration. University of Strathclyde 1999-2000
  • PSC, Law, College of Law at York 1991-1992
  • MA, Law, University of Cambridge 1988-1991