The partnership was cultivated by Dr Julie Nixon, Associate and Stewart Moy, Senior Solicitor with Morton Fraser, both alumni of the University of Strathclyde, through their roles as Enterprise Partners: a SEN programme which gives Strathclyde’s entrepreneurial alumni an opportunity to support the next generation of Strathclyde entrepreneurs.
The Rising Stars Programme is SEN’s flagship accelerator programme for growth orientated start-ups emerging from the Strathclyde community. The six-month programme is designed to give early-stage start-ups the skills they need to prepare for investment, with participants receiving more than £10,000 in monetary and in-kind support.
As legal sponsors, Morton Fraser will provide bespoke guidance and training through 1-2-1 clinics and workshops for the 2018 cohort. This cohort, which was inducted on 21 March 2018, will run for a period of six months and includes seven SEN-supported companies.
As Enterprise Partners, Julie and Stewart have volunteered their time and expertise in a variety of ways. They are both members of the SEN Business Growth Panel and have been judges for a variety of internal and external compeitions in this capacity. They also provide support to emerging entrepreneurs through various event and mentoring activities.
“Julie and Stewart have been extremely active as Enterprise Partners for the past year and we are delighted to have them joining us for the 2018 Rising Stars Programme,” said Fiona Ireland, Head of Enterprise at the University of Strathclyde.
“Their collective expertise has already provided our clients with invaluable advice that will give them a considerable advantage when starting-up. SEN’s entrepreneurial ethos is advanced by our alumni community, and Julie and Stewart are shining examples of why Strathclyde is a leading institution for entrepreneurship.”
Austin Flynn, Partner and Head of the Corporate Division at Morton Fraser, said: “We believe that investing in Scotland's future entrepreneurs is the best way to foster new business talent. That is why we're delighted to be working with SEN to provide in-kind legal support. Our expertise in helping high growth start-ups helps to ensure that Scotland's best and brightest are set off on the right business footing.”