Accelerate your Career in Social Entrepreneurship

January 30, 2017

The Saltire Fellowship brings together individuals from business, government and social enterprise that wish to develop their entrepreneurial leadership capability.

If you currently work in, or are looking to move into social entrepreneurship, then the Saltire Fellowship is an opportunity for you to fast-track your career. The programme will allow you to develop the skill-set necessary to succeed in competitive markets. It expands leadership skills and capabilities, provides experiential learning with hands-on work experience and delivers graduates with a global mindset.

During the Saltire Fellowship you will:

• Spend 8 weeks in a dynamic learning environment at Babson College, Boston, (the top-rated US business school for entrepreneurship) where Fellows and faculty work together to address real-world business challenges
• The opportunity to gain hands-on experience by undertaking a 3-month commercial project in partnership with Social Investment Scotland
• Participate in 2 residential weeks in Scotland, led by the Strathclyde Business School faculty
• Network with top companies in the sector not only in Scotland but also in the US
• Access resources at Babson such as the Lewis Institute for Social Enterprise

Who is it For?
Saltire Fellows come from a diverse range of backgrounds, from commercial to military to creative to government to academic experience. Former Fellows interested in social enterprise have come from leadership roles in the sector in order to gain more commercial skills or translate their skills into a new sector. Concurrently, Fellows with private sector backgrounds have become involved in social enterprises post-Fellowship.

Professor Les Charm from Babson College explains:

The more points of view that exist in the classroom the better for the participants. In addition, having social entrepreneurs, government, and corporate participants in the same programme over a period of time helps everybody. As the country changes and grows, the different groups will deal with each other and this ‘experience’ will aid that. 

Lisa Maclean, former Executive Director of INSP- International Network of Street Papers, 2014 Saltire Fellow

My time at Babson College has broadened my horizons about business and given me confidence about my skills and abilities. In the classroom, I have learned about wide-ranging topics such as finance, new business models, sales and marketing and M&A, and have undertaken an intense personal leadership journey.

Immersing myself in the Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem, I have met with multiple social enterprise and business leaders which have inspired new ideas and thinking and made me more ambitious about what I can achieve on my return to Scotland. 

This is a life-changing experience and it is critical that social enterprise leaders have a place at the table.

Nicola Killean – CEO, Sistema Scotland, participant on 2013-14 Accelerated Fellowship Programme

I was delighted to be able to participate in the Fellowship Programme with the Entrepreneurial Scotland. Prior to this my career had evolved organically, with huge personal support from a variety of mentors and coaches. I had become a relatively young CEO within the third sector. The Fellowship however allowed me to take a structured time out; to go back into the classroom not only to be taught by world leading experienced practitioners and academics, but to sit alongside like-minded peers from Scotland. The Fellows themselves have a thirst for learning, for doing, for creating.

The Fellowship gave me an opportunity to learn about new business models, to be supported and challenged about the choices I make as a leader, to have the space to think about the way the world is changing and to open my mind further about what possibilities there may be for my organisation. I felt my mind sharpen and believe I will be a better leader for Sistema Scotland because of this experience.

I also felt that the social enterprise sector had a huge amount to give back to the programme, to ensure people are thinking about the human value and impact; to not separate these from business values, and to profile and encourage a mind-set about the choices we make as leaders to shape better organisations and countries.

I was honoured to be one of the first Fellows to represent both the creative and social sectors, and hope that an increasing number of future fellows with be selected from this area.


What Next?
Round 1 Application Deadline: 28th February

Information Sessions:
9th February 2017, 6-8pm- RBS Entrepreneurial Hub, Gogarburn, Edinburgh
16th February 2017, 6-8pm- Gin 71, Merchant City, Glasgow

To find out more contact Michael McCourt at or 0141 444 7159

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