Scotland’s leading enterprise programme for tertiary education Bridge 2 Business (B2B) launches online this week, with an ambitious plan to reach all further education colleges. 

The launch, which will be marked at B2B’s first Launch-It Fest on 28 October, means Scottish students can now access all its resources virtually, as the programme moves to a new blended learning model.

The digitisation of resources makes the programme freely accessible to all students and young people who have an interest in setting up their own company, or who are looking to take enterprise skills into the workplace, for the first time.

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B2B’s plan to reach all colleges is being spearheaded by a new brand created by one of its Erasmus students, Craig Reid, who will by speaking at the Launch-it event alongside a number of young entrepreneurs who have been inspired by the enterprise programme.

The event will have a number of themed sessions covering freelance working, setting up in enterprise and interviews with movers and shakers in social enterprise.

Richard Lochhead MSP will also share his views on the value of enterprise education.

Lisa Wardlaw is college delivery manager for Bridge 2 Business, which forms part of Young Enterprise Scotland. She said: “Adapting to blended learning and launching our programme online enables us to extend our reach across Scotland.

"We have now created resources and a platform that students can access and learn about enterprise at their own pace, as well as offering colleges virtual ‘inhouse’ options covering a range of different enterprise topics to inspire, connect and support students into and through enterprise.

“The Launch-It Fest is the perfect place to celebrate the power of the programme as it captures all things Bridge 2 Business from the energy of our alumni and the passion of our educators through to the enthusiasm of our business partners.”