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RBS, Babson College And Entrepreneurial Spark Lead Program To Develop Entrepreneurial Skills In Edinburgh, Scotland

"Think Like An Entrepreneur" program develops entrepreneurial leaders who create new opportunities with great economic and social value.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Babson College and Entrepreneurial Spark recently introduced the “Think Like An Entrepreneur” program to develop entrepreneurial business skills at RBS in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The program was specifically designed to develop entrepreneurial leaders who create new opportunities with great economic and social value. Babson Entrepreneurship Professors Angelo Santinelli, Les Charm and Entrepreneurial Spark CEO James Duffy explored the entrepreneurial mindset and shared the tools, strategies and confidence necessary to increase business success.

The Think Like An Entrepreneur Program:

• Explores the responsibilities of being an entrepreneurial leader.

• Shows how to identify and take full advantage of the business proposition.

• Demonstrates the behaviors and mindset necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for new entrepreneurs to learn from an institute that is synonymous with entrepreneurialism globally,” said Gordon Merrylees, RBS Managing Director of Business Banking. “We want to become the bank of choice for entrepreneurs, and we think that supporting entrepreneurs is about much more than just providing finance - it's hugely important to build knowledge, provide expertise, create confidence, and facilitate networks. By doing all those things, we will develop entrepreneurs who are better equipped to meet the challenges of starting out, growing and ultimately succeeding in business, which is good for the businesses involved and it’s good for Scotland’s economy.” 

“We applaud RBS’ commitment to become THE bank for Scotland’s entrepreneurs and we are delighted to join with RBS and Entrepreneurial Spark to deliver a program that is designed to develop great Scottish leaders who think and act entrepreneurially,” said Dr. Elaine J. Eisenman, Dean of Babson Executive and Enterprise Education. “At Babson, we firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the most powerful force on the planet for creating economic and social value. This program is an exciting step towards infusing an entrepreneurial spirit and growing Scotland’s economy.”

About RBS

The RBS group is a large international banking and financial services company. From its headquarters in Edinburgh, the Group serves over 30 million customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. For information, visit www.rbs.com/

About Babson College Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. Babson has been ranked No. 1 for the last 20 years by U.S.News & World Report, and is cited as among the top executive education providers worldwide by the Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek. The Babson faculty ranks No. 4 in the world for custom programs by the Financial Times. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

About Entrepreneurial Spark Entrepreneurial Spark® is a business accelerator – Hatchery – where start-up and early stage businesses are hot-housed, nurtured and enabled in an intensive 5 month business accelerator programme. We offer start-up support, business mentoring, workshops, office space, IT and facilities all completely free in a collaborative environment for like-minded entrepreneurs to test their ideas, network and ideally grow. Packed in to a structured 5 month programme designed to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours, we welcome applicants from idea, early stage businesses and to those who have been trading up to 5 years and/or have a £1 million turnover. Located across 3 Hatcheries in Glasgow, Edinburgh and West Coast – Our vision is to create a business start-up renaissance in and from Scotland. For information, visit www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/

By Barbara Spies Blair, 781-239-4621, blairb@babson.edu | 9/5/2013 12:00 AM