More than 150 start-up businesses prepare to hatch

Published: 8 Aug 2014 09:30

MORE than 150 start-up businesses have, this week, moved into three incubator spaces in Edinburgh, Ayrshire and Glasgow.

The 165 businesses, which passed a vigorous application process, are fresh from a week-long boot camp designed to prepare them for their time in the Entrepreneurial Spark (E-Spark) programme.

Covering a wide spread of demographics and industries, the Scottish start-ups consist of 92 men and 73 women with an average age of 31.

Forty-three of them are in the technology sector and are 24 in food and drink, while 47 make other products and 51 are service providers.

Jim Duffy, CEO at E-Spark, said: “The newest entrepreneurs to ESpark have been thrown in head-first and it’s great to see how they cope with the challenges we’ve set. These challenges are an insight into what they’ll face as they grow their business – E-Spark is here is support and encourage them and we’re excited to see how their businesses progress.”

E-Spark is a business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. Working in a collaborative office environment, businesses receive free IT and Wi-Fi, networking opportunities, workshops, pitch practice and access to business advice and support from more than 50 mentors.

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