With a track record of promoting commercialisation from the academic base and a Fellowship which includes many of Scotland's key opinion formers, drawn from the business and academic communities, the RSE set up a Business Innovation Forum to identify and stimulate processes that will increase business Innovation investment and to suggest how appropriate strategies should be developed in Scotland.
The Forum was launched at the Scottish Parliament on 28 January 2010. It is chaired by RSE Vice-President Iain Gray (right).
Its remit is to:
Since its launch, the Forum has published the following papers:
The Business Innovation Forum is currently consulting with RSE Fellows with a view to preparing a response to the Scottish Government Enterprise & Skills Review Call for Evidence. This will be completed by 15 August 2016.
Initial discussions have also taken place with the partners involved in the Digital Solutions paper to explore whether further work should be undertaken to maintain the momentum towards the ambition of Scotland becoming a world-class digital nation.
Since being established in 1997, the RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme has supported more than 180 researchers to develop and launch new businesses, with companies formed across a wide range of fields – from tidal energy generation and safety systems for the oil and gas industry, to insect repellents and communication solutions for sufferers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Enterprise Fellowship Awards are specifically designed to support academic researchers in becoming outstanding entrepreneurs. Enterprise Fellows get access to the most up-to-date training in entrepreneurial skills, delivered to the highest standard of international excellence by individuals who have a proven track record of commercial success. Awardees are further supported to establish and grow their businesses via one year’s salary and business development funding to cover costs associated with attending conferences and trade shows.
If you would like any further information about the RSEs Enterprise Fellowships, please contact Anne Fraser or phone 0131 240 5013
Professor Iain Gray CBE, FRSE
Professor Timothy Bedford FRSE
Ms Donna Chisholm
Mr Edward Cunningham CBE, FRSE
Dr Richard Dixon FRSE
Mr Gordon Eadie
Dr Olga Kozlova
Ms Shonaig Macpherson CBE, FRSE
Professor Donald MacRae OBE, FRSE
Dr Jano Van Hemert
Ms Judy Wagner
Professor Alan Alexander OBE, FRSE, FAcSS
Dr William Duncan
Mrs Anne Fraser
Mr Bristow Muldoon
Should you wish to request any further information about the Business Innovation Forum, please contact Bristow Muldoon or phone 0131 240 2787