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Girl geeks get to grips with business

Scottish women keen to start their own technology firms are to be offered free expert business advice.

Girl Geek Scotland - a network for women interested in science, engineering and computing - is hosting a series of events aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills

Women with an idea that could be turned into a business can attend residential weekend workshops funded by the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Ventures - an initiative that connects innovators with hi-tech entrepreneurs.

The deadline for applications for the first of the workshops is 9 August. The workshops are free, provided certain criteria are met.

Weekend workshops

Women who already run small companies can also attend - providing their business employs fewer than 250 people and it has an annual turnover of of less than €50M a year.

The workshops, to be held in Stirling, will focus on three key areas - creativity, funding and negotiation - and take place on 17-19 September, 15-17 October and 19-21 November.

The workshops will be led by business consultant Sara Shinton, executive coach Christina Ioannidis, Mike Clouser, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, and Mel Harris of Edinburgh Internet Marketing Meetup Group.

Attendees are asked to bring a project idea with them. At the end of each workshop, they should be able to develop a workable strategy using the new skills they have gained.

Additional funding for the project has come from the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, based at the University of St Andrews.

These workshops are aimed at women with an interest in technology, but background is less important than an enthusiasm and desire to follow a project through - anyone with a technology-related interest is welcome.

Catherine BrownEvent organiser