Our strategic plan defines Enterprising as: ‘Engage in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.’

YAS is interested in entrepreneurship in its broadest sense, and seeks to support emerging entrepreneurs, both within our own membership and in Scotland’s communities.

We do this by holding entrepreneurship events which provide networking opportunities, develop necessary skills such as developing elevator pitches, and opportunities to consider how enterprising skills can be of benefit to all, not just those looking to start a business.

Explore our work

The Challenges of Scottish Technology Transfer

YAS is at the early stages of developing a survey and event on the issues and challenges encountered by entrepreneurial academics.  Further details will be available here shortly.

Life Science event with StartEDIN

In early 2017, YAS helped to organise an event at the Edinburgh City Chambers about technology and life sciences enterprises with StartEDIN. Over 60 people attended the event, which included interactive sessions and discussions as well as speakers from IOMet Pharma and IpOncology.

Connecting Scotland's Entrepreneurial Network

In partnership with the RSE Enterprise Fellowship programme, YAS has twice held “Connecting Scotland’s Entrepreneurial Network.” This event allows innovators from across Scotland to network and showcase their business propositions.

The focus of the event is linking talent across the organisations, providing an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to practice their business pitches, and stimulating discussion around issues faced by start-up and spin-out companies. Entrepreneurs benefited from the diversity of other participants with backgrounds across technology, life sciences, business, finance, retail and food and drink.

Thematic Lead

Ian LeBruce

Ian LeBruce is Managing Director of Ignite Your Brand, an Edinburgh based Marketing and Branding agency with a specialty in university spinout companies. In 2013, he founded Cappuccino Ads, an environmentally friendly advertising service which runs across the UK. Prior to business, he worked on Minecraft with 4J Studios and Grand Theft Auto V for Rockstar Games, and completed an MPhys at the University of Edinburgh.