The prestigious Unlocking Ambition (UA) Challenge is Scotland’s flagship entrepreneurial development programme, initiated by the First Minister for Scotland and delivered by Scottish Enterprise. UA supports highly ambitious entrepreneurs from across Scotland, chosen for their individual potential, the quality of their ideas and the contribution they can make to the environment, the economy and wider society.
The programme supports founders from start-ups as well as established high growth potential businesses and is focused on finding and supporting entrepreneurial talent that can make a transformational contribution to Scotland’s commitment to Net Zero.
We select and work intensively with ambitious, learning leaders who are determined to make a difference. The cohort work through our programme modules: Purpose; Leadership; Funding; International; Innovation; and Resilience. It includes an accredited module with Babson College in the USA – the global leader in entrepreneurial executive education - and masterclass sessions led by a range of GlobalScots including venture capitalist Eric McAfee and Graeme Cook from Keller Group, as well as senior leaders from world-class companies such as; Apple, LinkedIn, Netflix, Survey Monkey and Facebook.
In addition, participating companies over the next three years are projected to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by 7,468 tonnes, equivalent to the annual electricity used by almost 1,400 homes.