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Starting a business while under 18?

Under 18? Interested in starting your own business? Take a look at the fact sheet from the Complete Business Reference Adviser.

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Cobra is a fantastic online resource which provides information on hundreds of different business ideas from accountancy practice to worm farming! This easy to use resource also contains factsheets covering everything from coming up with your business idea to taking on your first employee.

TED

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. 

Watch talks by brilliant kids and teens from TED. Featuring scientists, inventors and musicians all under the age of 20! 

Useful Links for Young Entrepreneurs

The Young Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Starting & Growing a Successful Business from Dale Cudmore’s blog on digital.com covers everything from idea generation to launch.

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

Norwich University Online Entrepreneurship lessons for students.

Prince’s Trust Works with 18-30year olds to turn big ideas into a reality. Their website contains lots of useful business resources and tools.

Orbit Teenage Business Incubator  Supports teenagers, aged 16 – 18, to launch businesses.

Jobs & Business Glasgow​  FREE support for the residents of Glasgow to start and develop a business.

Business Gateway​ Provides access to free business support services including online guides, local workshops and appointments with experienced business advisers.

Cultural Enterprise Office​ Specialist support for self-employment and business start-up in the creative industries.

People Plus  Mentoring support for self-employment or starting a business through New Enterprise Allowance.

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) are available to watch from YouTube...

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 Skill shops 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.  

 
Resources 

Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D.

Code.org 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

The New INVENTIONS Playlist on YouTube. 

BBC Made in Scotland: A history of invention Great Scottish inventions from 1100 to 1997.

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

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).

Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame: Scotland's engineering greats from Sir George Bruce (c1550-1625) to Craig Clark (b. 1973).

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