Young entrepreneurs ‘graduate’ with IMPACT as third programme confirmed

Tuesday November 5th, 2019

Eleven young people from the Highlands have become the first to complete a year-long business support programme designed to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.Government Opportunities

The programmes start every six months with the second half way through and the third kicked off last week (29 October).
IMPACT30 is a fully funded business growth programme, offering bespoke support from industry specialists. It is open to people aged 35 and under, who are in key decision-making roles in young ambitious businesses.
It is designed to accommodate a broad range of businesses from across the Highland Council area and uses digital tools to provide access to resources when they are most needed.
The programme forms part of the Northern Innovation Hub, a project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with £11m from the UK Government and £1.7m ERDF support as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The Deal is a joint £315 million initiative supported by both the UK and Scottish governments.
IMPACT30 is delivered by AAB Consulting, on HIE’s behalf. Following a successful first year the two organisations teamed up again to run a third programme.
The third IMPACT30 programme started on 29 October with 11 entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and industries, including food and drink, engineering and tourism. More about the Northern Innovation Hub and the application process for IMPACT 30 is available at

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