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.