Bridge2Business is here to help you the student start up and guide you into business!
Starting up in business can be a daunting prospect, whether your idea is at its very first stages, or you are just looking for some extra guidance! Our Programme Executive is here to help you within West Lothian College.

Our job is to inspire and connect our college students, we also offer the college students the chance to apply for a small grant to help test out their business ideas and will match those successful with a mentor from the local business community who will be able to assist as they progress with their business plans.Bridge 2 Business offers a range of services to inspire, connect & Support College students into business which includes the following which will vary by location with regards to availability:

Inspiring Meet-Ups — Our Inspiring Meet-Ups provide college students with frequent, interactive, thematic sessions which prepare them for all aspects of enterprise, from inspiring innovation to delivering successful pitches, enabling them to identify with and connect to a network of young entrepreneurs.

Get Inspired — This is a full, in-depth, one-day event and golden opportunity to showcase enterprising careers to further education students, and young people interested in business. Our Get InspiredEvents are the biggest events in the Bridge 2 Business calendar.

Inspire ‘EM — This is an Enterprising Masterclasses for young people to meet with and learn from successful role models — “Local Heroes”. They are held within College classes to suit the needs of college courses

Bridge 2 Business Challenge — Our Bridge 2 Business Challenges provide fun and beneficial opportunities in support of Inspire ‘EM events. Our challenges offer students funding, with which to co-ordinate the planning and management of an Enterprise activity, leading to potential SQA accredited training in support of their studies.

Your Bridge 2 Business Test Grant — This is our way of offering financial and mentoring support to young people with great business ideas but without the funds to test them. We offer small grants and top-notch mentoring, enabling young entrepreneurs to test their ideas, gain skills and develop insights into how to succeed in enterprise. — Our website is the place for all students to be able to be inspired, connected and supported into business in the early stages. Packed with inspirational start up stories, connections to all the resources and events that will help a new start-up as well as the place to communicate with your mentor.

Programme Executive Contact Details:

Lisa Wardlaw 

Lisa Wardlaw


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