From September to November 2010 we ran three weekend residential workshops at the luxury Barcelo Stirling Highland Hotel. These were very much hands-on events that helped our participants work on and develop skills and techniques to explore and expand their business ideas. Applications were competitive.
Girl Geek Scotland hosted a series of workshops to complement our Speaker Series 2010 on ‘Creativity, Computing and Entrepreneurialism’. The workshops, which were aimed at women who are thinking about starting, or have recently started, a Scottish business, will work around themes that will target what we believe are existing weaknesses in female business culture, namely: Negotiation, Funding Strategies, and Creativity in Business.
These workshops were aimed at women with an interest in technology- background was less important than enthusiasm and a desire to follow a tech/creative project through. A diverse range of people attended, from crafts practitioners to programmers to hardware developers to geneticists. A common theme united them: the desire to build a business that could help or provide a service to, and to become financially independent. Each of our participants brought an idea or exisiting project with them. Through the use of skills and techniques introduced throughtout each workshop these ideas had the potential to grow and develop into viable businesses.
These events were fully funded by Informatics Ventures based at the University of Edinburgh, and all costs for those meeting the funding criteria were met.
"We are working hard to make 3D development easier, faster, less expensive and more collaborative. At its core Wild Pockets is a friendly community and platform that seeks to empower you to share your creative vision with the world!" Shanna Tellerman
Shanna Tellerman is the Founder and CEO of Sim Ops Studios, Inc., a spin-off company from Carnegie Mellon University formed in January 2006. Shanna has overseen operations, development,fund raising, and strategic relationships since the formation of Sim Ops. Since this talk Wildpockets has sold to Autodesk. Shanna continues to run the project from there.
We were delighted to have Shanna kick off our "Creativity, Computing and Enterprise" Speaker Series at in Dundee for Girl Geek Scotland.
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*Girl Geek Scotland is a non-profit organisation. Our team are all volunteers (we even buy our own tickets!)
This video was sponsored by NCR
The key sponsors for our Speaker Series 2010 were UKRC and SICSA
Our dinner was sponsored by BrightSolid
Thanks also go to the University of Edinburgh for their continued support as our parent organisation, Interconnect for sponsoring UG students and Harvey Nash for our poster designs
Throughout 2010 Girl Geek Scotland profiled national and international women leaders in the technology and related sectors as part of our Speaker Series: "Creativity Computing and Enterprise" at our Girl Geek Dinners.
If you have not been to a Girl Geek Dinner check out our promo above. They are small, friendly events where you can chat to likeminded people over a glass of wine.
Speakers came from diverse careers and included fine artists, designers, theorists, political activists, software and hardware specialists and business experts. All of them had entrepreneurial flair and a passion for technology which put them at the forefront of their careers.
We made 14 videos over the course of the year to create a video archive that can be disseminated freely over the internet. We will be releasing one every two weeks over 2011.
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The 2010 immersive, residential workshops were designed for female entrepreneurs who were creating new businesses in the tech sector. This video was made at our first workshop Creativity into Business. Our later topics were Funding Strategies and Negotiation.
Enterprise Workshop Facts:
* 30 participants each workshop
* 16 businesses supported through start up
* 8 are aiming for high growth
* 100% would recommend these workshops to others
These residential workshops took women away from their other responsibilities for a weekend and immersed them in this new community. From hands on design methods to case studies the focus was on applying practical solutions to upcoming challenges in business development. Over a few weekends the girls were taken from a business idea to start-up stage.
Our Girl Geek Enterprise Workshops kick-started a vibrant community who now meet regularly and are making serious inroads in changing the gender balance in technology enterprise in Scotland. We are expecting more new business launches to be announced soon.
Our workshops were fully funded by Informatic Ventures at the University of Edinburgh (Priority 1 ERDF, University of Edinburgh & Scottish Enterprise).
A big thanks also goes to Catherine Brown for managing these events!