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Strathclyde appoints senior enterprise fellows to inspire next generation of entrepreneurs



The University of Strathclyde has appointed eight senior enterprise fellows to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurially-minded graduates, researchers and academics.

Professor Mark Logan, Professor Janice Kirkpatrick, Dr Rabinder Buttar, Dr Susan Aktemel, Gurjit Singh Lalli, Ian Ritchie, John Waddell and Neil Logan will all share their experience with budding entrepreneurs as part of the University’s Strathclyde Inspire programme.

This sits at the heart of the university’s new Entrepreneurship Strategy to 2025, which was unveiled in November.

The fellows will play a key role in delivering the strategy and developing the new entrepreneurship hub in the Glasgow City Innovation District, which is aimed at supporting post-pandemic economic recovery.

Professor Eleanor Shaw, associate principal for entrepreneurship and education, said: “Strathclyde Inspire embodies our entrepreneurial spirit and will help our students and staff realise their creativity and ambition, empowering them to make an impact on the world around them.”

Strathclyde Enterprise Fellows

  • Professor Mark Logan, investor and former chief operating officer of Skyscanner, who helped the Edinburgh-based start-up gain a market value of $1.5bn during his time with the company.
  • Neil Logan, co-founder and chief executive of Incremental Group, board member of the Edinburgh Business School, board member of Glasgow Economic Leadership and founding chair of The Data Lab.
  • Dr Rabinder Buttar, founder and president of Clintec International, with 30 years’ experience in clinical research at Pfizer (Wyeth), GSK (Wellcome) and Astellas (Fujisawa).
  • John Waddell, visiting professor at Strathclyde and member of the Enterprise & Investment Committee of the University’s Court. He is also a board member of Strathclyde spin-out companies Biogelx and MGB Biopharma.
  • Dr Susan Aktemel, executive director at Homes for Good Social Business Group and a visiting professor for social business and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Impact Arts and has served as chair of Social Enterprise Scotland and as a board member of Places for People Scotland.
  • Professor Janice Kirkpatrick, founding director of Graven; a designer, writer, broadcaster and lecturer and a visiting professor of The Glasgow School of Art.
  • Gurjit Singh Lalli, founder and curator for TEDxGlasgow; non-executive director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, founder of Beyond Boundaries Corp and advisor with several high growth start-ups.
  • Ian Ritchie, investor and board member of the National Theatre of Scotland, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and Shotscope; chairman at Tern, Krotos and Computer Applications Services.

Strathclyde Inspire has four key areas of activity: developing entrepreneurial mindsets; identifying and supporting entrepreneurial talent; empowering entrepreneurs; and scaling innovation-driven enterprises.

It will offer a diverse programme of events to provide new and existing entrepreneurs with opportunities for learning, networking and collaborating.

It includes the launch of a new Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship module option, which will be rolled out to all undergraduates, alongside dedicated postgraduate entrepreneurship courses and a free online course which will be made available for all.



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