Scotland Summit | 2013

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

In April 2013 30 of Scotland’s top young entrepreneurs and POY’s international community gathered together to ask the question: “what do the next generation of Scottish entrepreneurs need most to succeed?”

Together with this group we invited six young representatives aged 17-19 to share their stories and wishes for how they could best be supported and a solution was identified:

  • a peer-mentoring programme bringing together some of the best early stage and established entrepreneurs

  • to nurture home grown talent

  • to help create the next generation of values-led global businesses.


The core part of this was four separate weekend retreats over 12 months focusing on personal needs, business challenges, growth & scale and ‘the ripple effect’. This programme ran from April 2013 – April 2014 and the response was incredibly encouraging. During that time, we also launched POY Insight sharing the entrepreneur’s stories and wisdom as well as developing POY Go, the online home for purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

Check out POY’s video channel to see what delegates said about the programme.

Programme overview

Ecosystem Development

A series of four residentials led & financed by entrepreneurs focused on developing the Scottish enterprise ecosystem


Structured mentoring to embed a culture of values based business in Scotland’s next generation entrepreneurs

Scotland’s Future

Collaboration across agencies & support organisations to identify and nurture young business leaders and accelerate their business success



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