First ever joint programme by top schools

Aulet fan Eccles urges Scots to join Can Do Scale

Nigel EcclesOne of Scotland’s most successful young entrepreneurs is urging those keen to follow in his footsteps to sign up for a US-inspired course in Stirling next month.

Nigel Eccles (left), co-founder of fantasy games company FanDuel says he benefited hugely from listening to Bill Aulet of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, who will lead the Scotland Can Do Scale programme alongside Noam Wasserman of Harvard Business School.

This is the first time these business institutions have joined forces to present a summer school anywhere in the world.

It is designed for those wanting to fast-track their companies to growth and emulate businesses like Edinburgh-based FanDuel which has become one of Scotland’s rare ‘unicorn’ companies – one that is worth $1 billion.

Aulet has led the Highlands & Islands Enterprise MIT Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for the past few years and Eccles is among its alumni.

“The experience and knowledge I have gained by working with experts like Bill Aulet from MIT has been instrumental in building FanDuel into a successful global company,” he said.

“Therefore I would urge entrepreneurs across Scotland to grasp this amazing opportunity with both hands. Bill is the master of process while Noam Wasserman can help you put together a winning team.  These two elements are fundamental to creating and growing a world-class business.”

The Can Do Scale programme runs from 4 – 7 August. There are 70 fully-funded places, worth £5,000 each, available on the four day residential course, with 35 places each on the two strands of the programme: Can Do for start-ups and Scale for later-stage businesses looking to scale up.

The programme is jointly funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.  To apply for a place on the programme, the application form is available online at  Applications close at midday on Wednesday 8 July.

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