Under 18? Interested in starting your own business? Take a look at the fact sheet from the Complete Business Reference Adviser.
(Library card number required if accessing remotely)
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 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!
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.
People Plus Mentoring support for self-employment or starting a business through New Enterprise Allowance.
Bobatoo Finding a mentor - This comprehensive guide outlines the benefits of having a business mentor, what to expect from your mentor relationship and how to find the best mentor to help you and your business flourish.
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.
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).
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).