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RookieOven for teen entrepreneurs

Incubator launches school for start-ups

RookieOvenA Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors.

Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18 year olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme.

They will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.

Students will be learning from prominent leaders in Scottish tech start-ups such as Ashley Baxter, founder of Insurance by Jack, Cally Russell, CEO of Mallzee, and Rohan Gunatillake, creator of Mindfulness Everywhere.

The Academy is the brainchild of Michael Hayes, founder of the RookieOven co-working space and co-founder of Add Jam, a mobile and web app development agency. He was inspired to create the Academy by a teacher friend who went above and beyond to harness the creative talent of a student who, while gifted at graphic design, was struggling academically.

Mr Hayes said: “Our aim for The Academy is to unleash the creativity and talent of the young people taking part. We’re not necessarily looking for academic high achievers. We want young people with a natural talent who relish a challenge and have a passion for tech, design and innovation.”

David Martin, a manager for creative industries at SDS, said: “Initiatives such as this can help Scotland develop and retain a talent pool that will support the growth of the creative sector.”

Based at Fairfield Shipyard in Govan, the five-week programme will run weekly from 31 May to 28 June.

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