Unviersity of Dundee to host entrepreneurial masterclasses

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Some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs will be sharing the secrets of their success at a series of events hosted by the University of Dundee.

Leading figures from the fields of science, education, healthcare and design will be among those speaking about their careers as the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship launches a season of masterclasses.

Exscientia founder Professor Andrew Hopkins, fashion designer Dr Hayley Scanlan and Social Good CEO Caroline McKenna are just some of the experts lined up to talk at the sessions, which begin on Wednesday 25 September and run until the end of October.

Brian McNicoll, Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: “Dundee is an exciting and dynamic business environment and the University is very much at the heart of this.

“We are nurturing startup companies as they take their first steps into the world of business, and this is helping to establish the city as an ideal location for new enterprise.

Hayley Scanlan – Image supplied

“As well as offering practical support, we continue to welcome some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs to campus, opening up new and exciting avenues for the University community to access.

“Dundee is well and truly open for business and hearing from such distinguished business experts can only help to educate and inspire others.”

Five Entrepreneurial Masterclasses are planned to take place between now and the end of October, with the hour-long sessions open to everybody. Each masterclass complements a subject matter taught at the University, with Hayley Scanlan’s opening talk reflecting her links with the Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design.

Twice named Scottish Young Designer of the Year, Ms Scanlan graduated from the University in 2009 and has designed for the likes of supermodel Erin O’Connor and pop queens Little Mix. Having established her H.S brand of clothing, she continues to operate her flagship store from Dundee. She received an Honorary Degree from the University in June in recognition of her achievements.

Brian added: “Hayley is living proof that Dundee is a city where startup businesses can take on the world and we are excited to hear her story, and those of our other speakers, in the coming weeks.”

Attendance to the Entrepreneurial Masterclasses is free but places must be booked in advance online.

 
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