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Businesses sign up to support Rookie Oven startups

Stuart Mackay, Audit Manager at Grant Thornton UK, Michael Hayes, Founder of Rookie Oven

Collaboration: Stuart Mackay and Michael Hayes


Senior figures in Scotland’s startup community are collaborating to provide support and advice to the country’s future start-up stars.

RookieOven has launched a series of drop-in sessions providing entrepreneurs with a range of advice from a number of businesses, including Grant Thornton, Skyscanner and Accelerated Digital Ventures.

Launched in 2011, RookieOven was created by entrepreneur Michael Hayes, in an attempt to create a more cohesive community of startups. The organisation has grown rapidly and now offers co-working spaces and mentoring support.

The latest monthly drop-in sessions have been designed to provide entrepreneurs with one-on-one access to business leaders.

Mr Hayes said: “Scotland is a great place to found and grow a tech business. Our ecosystem has real strengths in the talent we produce to the support we receive.

“The drop-in days are a perfect example of that, founders can easily access experts and build lasting useful relationships”

Stuart Mackay, Audit Manager at Grant Thornton UK, added: “We’re proud to work in partnership with RookieOven. The organisation was created to fill a void and has helped to create a single voice and a platform for Scotland’s startup community to collaborate and flourish.

“There’s a raft of support out there, but it can often be overlooked by entrepreneurs when they’re starting out their journey and focused on their product and initial strategy.

“There’s a lot to celebrate right now in Scotland’s startup world, and hopefully we can all play our part in helping to develop even more entrepreneurial success stories in the future.”


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