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What next for Food, Drink and Farming in a Post-Brexit Scotland?

ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest low carbon business ideas competition, has selected three winners to represent Scotland at the global final in Tallinn, Estonia later this year. This followed a European record-breaking 59 applications to the Scottish stage of the competition,

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Can a Leopard change its spots?

Come along to discuss in Aberdeen on 27th April: According to a December 2014 report by Ernst & Young, the North Sea Oil and Gas industry expects to see a nine percent reduction in their 375,000 strong workforce by 2019.

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The Circular Economy is Big Business

If someone says “circular economy” to you, what images are conjured up in your head? Tom and Barbara enjoying The Good Life in their garden? Guardian readers sitting by a campfire singing ‘Kum ba yah’. The Wombles creatively recycling things that

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Clean Tech Clean Profits

Some of my musings on “Efficiency Gains” and “Smart Energy” published in the Institute of Director’s book “Clean Tech Clean Profits” back in July 2014 (Kogan Page / Institute of Directors ISBN-13: 978-0749470418).  

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Mind the Gap

Could you or your organisation help us achieve a gender balance at Energy Finance for Growth on 6th January 2015? I’ve been designing, developing and running workshops for science, technology and engineering entrepreneurs and corporate innovators for 14 years now.

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MOOCs and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education

On Wednesday 4th December around 70 people gathered for a breakfast seminar at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to hear about and discuss the topic of MOOCs and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education. The breakfast seminar was made possible with

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UK Entrepreneurship MOOCs?

(Disclaimer: this is not so much a blog-post rather the open sharing of a discussion paper I produced following a “skills for growth” task-group meeting in Scotland. Shared in the spirit of #CollectiveImpact) MIT and Stanford produce startups at an

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Enlightenment 2.0

There were so many high points at ScotSoft2013 yesterday. Intergalactic legend Vint Cerf being one, obviously; a statistically mind-blowing presentation on mobile by’s Principal Architect, Larry Cable; and the recognition and celebration of Scotland’s up-and-coming software talent in the

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Collective Impact

I hadn’t heard of the term “Collective Impact” until this week, when Ian Ritchie invited me to be part of a task group tackling the issue of “Skills for Growth” in Scotland. Alongside some big-guns such as David Milne, founder

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Venture Capital and Open Data: the dichotomy of clean energy ventures

Today, Wednesday, 13th June 2012, has been a major highlight of my working life. In Washington DC, at the US Department of Energy’s inaugural National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, I had the tremendous privilege of being on an “investor

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