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Shepherd and Wedderburn helping Scotland’s next generation of innovators

Posted: 5th August 2015

Leading UK law firm, Shepherd and Wedderburn is delighted to support ‘VentureJam’, an initiative launched by Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science to encourage the city’s youth to develop and promote new ideas in the  green and digital spaces.

VentureJam comprises a weekend workshop to create and develop ideas that will challenge the way people think about the impact that climate change has on their city and also on them individually.  These ideas could be for a digital app, product, art installation—in fact anything that will make people rethink their attitude to climate change and help promote sustainability.

During the jam, Young Scot, together with a team of inspirational mentors made up of creative gurus, technologists, business advisors and environmental experts, will guide young people between the ages of 16-24, who live, work or study in Glasgow and surrounding areas, through the creative process, and help those producing the best ideas to take them forward to Venturefest Scotland 2015 on 9th September, where they will pitch their propositions to investors in the mode of television’s  Dragon’s Den.

George Frier, a  Corporate Partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn said: “ The firm has a strong tradition and considerable experience in advising and helping innovative companies realise their objectives, and it works closely with leading universities such as Edinburgh and Strathclyde in commercialising technology. We are really looking forward to getting involved with Venturejam and hope that Shepherd and Wedderburn mentors will be able to nurture the talent of tomorrow and help the ideas of the participants in VentureJam to take off”.

The event takes place on 8 and 9 August at Rookie Oven, Glasgow. Shepherd and Wedderburn is joined by other VentureJam supporters: Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow’s Green Year 2015, Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and  with kind support from CoderDojo Scotland, Glasgow Science Centre, Rookie Oven, Biffa and Cryptic.

Dr Susie Mitchell, who is Programme Director, Glasgow City of Science, said: “Glasgow City of Science is passionate about delivering exciting skills development opportunities like VentureJam that give young people, irrespective of their background, a chance to work with inspirational experts to develop new ideas that look to address major societal challenges. It’s great to have the support of Shepherd and Wedderburn. Venturejam  participants will benefit from the firm’s vast experience and know how in renewable energy and technology.”

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