Official opening by cyclist

Beaumont peddles support for start-ups

Business cycle: (left to right) Brian McNicoll, manager of enterprise and entrepreneurship at University of Dundee, Mark Beaumont, Professor Gary McEwan, CEO of Elevator, and Andy Campbell, Elevator Accelerator manager

Long distance cyclist and University of Dundee rector Mark Beaumont performed the official opening of the Elevator Centre of Entrepreneurship on the campus before delivering the Principal’s Annual Lecture on the topic.

Mark, who was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours, also presided over the final stage of the university’s ‘venture’ pitching competition for students, staff and graduate entrepreneurs.

The Elevator Centre is a £250,000 investment aimed to drive innovation within businesses and commercialise technologies across life sciences, digital media, gaming and other creative sectors.

A second cohort of 18 entrepreneurs has begun the 12-week Accelerator Programme at the Centre which has been visited by more than 300 aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mark said: “I’m delighted to be officially opening the Centre of Entrepreneurship and see that work is already well under way.

“This is a thriving hub which will create economic growth and job creation for the Dundee area, whilst supporting start-ups and scale-ups in and around the University of Dundee community.  

“The Centre is one of the first accelerators within a Scottish university and it is fantastic to see Dundee leading the way, putting innovation and student support at the heart of the university.”

Professor Gary McEwan, chief executive of Elevator, said: “Elevator’s Centre of Entrepreneurship has already proven to be an invaluable source of advice, networking and opportunity to aspiring entrepreneurs and innovation-driven start-ups from across Dundee and Tayside.”

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