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Participants saw how different cities support entrepreneurs and learned new tools and techniques for accelerating their own start-ups from leading European entrepreneurs.

There was a particular focus on leadership. It also included a visit to the Internet of Things tech accelerator at the Smart Things Accelerator Centre in Glasgow.

The advanced ecosystem workshop was part of the €1.2m Accelerate Entrepreneurship

Education in Europe project.

The project, led by Adam Smith Business School’s Professor Dominic Chalmers as Principle Investigator, with Dr Nick Quinn, Professor Jillian Gordon and Professor Niall MacKenzie aims to develop partner Universities entrepreneurship capacity, increase the volume of student and staff start-ups, and upskill roles that support innovation and commercialisation.

Students visited Glasgow from Corvinus University in Budapest and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Professor Jillian Gordon said: “The three-day event brought together founders of data driven entrepreneurial ventures from across Europe to work on the steps beyond startup. Their energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to share their entrepreneurial journey and to learn from each other was a joy to experience and facilitate.” 

Dr Nick Quinn said: “The workshop provided a great opportunity to meet with companies, students and staff from Budapest and Amsterdam as well as from Glasgow and it was great to see these different groups and nationalities learn from and inspire each other. We shared many fantastic stories of how to overcome challenges around start-up and growth.”

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