Young entrepreneurs, inventors and creative sparks

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Young entrepreneurs, inventors and creative sparks

Welcome to the resource page for young entrepreneurs, inventors & creative sparks! 
Got a question about starting a business or protection an idea?
Click here to watch talks by brilliant kids and teens from TED. Featuring scientists, inventors and muscians all under the age of 20!
Under 18? Interested in starting your own business? Take a look at the following factsheet from the Complete Business Reference Adviser (library card number required if accessing remotely)

Click here for more information on starting a business 
Useful Links

My World of Work - Be your own boss​ offers helpful tips on getting started, advice from entrepreneurs and sources of help and support.

Young Enterprise Scotland offers enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and development opportunities for young people across all of Scotland.

Bridge2Business offers a range of services to inspire, connect & support college students into business. Take a look at the heroes section for real life entrepreneurial stories.

Youth Business Scotland If you're a young person (18 - 30*) thinking about starting a business, The Prince's Trust, Youth Business Scotland can provide help, mentoring and funding to get you started

Entrepreneurial Scotland - The Saltire Programme We match high-potential undergraduates from Scottish universities with leading global and entrepreneurial companies, charities, social enterprises, and small and medium sized enterprises - from Glasgow to San Francisco to Singapore.

TeenBusiness Since 1999, has been the only news and information portal for young entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and their parents/educators.


Protect your ideas

Did you know? If you create something original you can protect it. Watch this video from the Intellectual Property Office to find out how Intellectual Property works.


Intellectual Property Resources

Cracking Ideas Teachers, students and inventors: welcome to a world of cracking ideas – an expert insight into Intellectual Property (IP) and how to help you protect them.

USPTO Kids the page where innovation, excitement and inventions collide!

Respect for Trademarks This World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) site is aimed at young people ages 14 – 19 studying a range of subjects including business studies, media studies, psychology, law, art & design, this resource offers teachers innovative ways to educate about the importance of intellectual property rights for both consumers and creators of a wide range of products and services. Includes Interactive Logo Maker​

Respect for Copyright​ The site (WIPO) contains a set of educational resources the purpose of which is to raise young people’s awareness about copyright. The resources have the concept of respect at their heart and seek to encourage students to explore the factors that inform individual behavior and personal morality, as well as looking beyond their own experiences to consider alternative points of view. The aim is to lead students through debate and discussion to a better understanding of creative activity and the links to intellectual property. 

Your Own World of IP (WIPO publication)

Learn from the Past Create the Future: Inventions and Patents (WIPO publication)

Learn from the Past,Create the Future - The Arts and Copyright (WIPO publication)

Comics about patents, trademarks and copyright from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Clck here to view WIPO's IP cartoon series. 

Useful links for creative sparks

Behind the Noise Music and business education program for S4,S5 and S6 pupils in Glasgow Schools. Click here to view a short film about BTN

CitizensTheatre  Drama classes for 4 -18 year olds

GMAC Film offers film related activities and workshops for 10-25 year olds

Glasgow Youth Arts Hub is a growing network of creative organisations, artists and youth sector groups working across Glasgow to support the vibrant, diverse needs of the youth arts sector

Impact Arts runs a variety of workshops for young people on visual arts, music, performance and digital work

Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers courses on acting, music, dance drama, production and film.

Musicplus+  Delivers a mentoring scheme run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative for 14-19 year olds interested in working in the music industry

Scottish Book Trust contains writing tips for teens, competitions and more

Scottish YouthTheatre Drama, Dance and Theatre Classes for Children and Young People ages 3 - 25

Sonic Pi Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical & jazz to EDM

 Tron Theatre  Skillshops and Youth Theatre classes


Useful links for Coders and Programmers
Learn programming skills with CoderDojo.
CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration which provides free coding clubs for young people.  Click here to find out to find out more about CoderDojo at Glasgow Libraries. 
Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D Create an account to save your progress and projects. Or just start coding - no account needed. All courses are available at no cost. Includes The Hour of Code.

Scratch Create stories, games, and animations

Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

Useful links for Inventors

Visit YouTube: The NewINVENTIONS Playlist 

BBC Made inScotland: A history of invention Great Scottish inventions from 1100 to 1997

Inventor Resource Read articles on inventing board games, eco-friendly devices,  toys...

Lemelson-MIT Check out the resources section on this American website for information on historical inventions, howtoons, case studies, invention resources, inventor handbook, student & teacher guides.

Little Inventors takes children's invention ideas and makes them real (for 5-12 year olds).


Useful links for Scientists and Engineers

Glasgow ScienceCentre 3 floors packed with hundreds of interactive exhibits and experiences
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland Our projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Includes resources for teachers.
The Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Take a look at the Education page for games and activities to try at home (L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre).
Channel 4 Learning Secondary Online Science This site is aimed at you, if you are aged 11-14, like playing games, and want a fun way to help you with your science.
Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame Scotland's engineering greats from Sir George Bruce (c1550-1625) to Craig Clark (b. 1973).​


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