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Advice for Girl Geeks with business ideas!

A free expert advice service has been launched to help Scotland's female geeks get ideas off the ground.Girl Geek Scotland is a new network for women interested in science, engineering and computing who wish to start up a technology-related company.The University of Edinburgh's Informatics Ventures- an enterprise which connects innovators with hi-tech entrepreneurs - provides funding for a series of events and weekend workshops aimed to equip idea laden women with entrepreneurial skills.Additional funding will be provided by Institute for Capitalising Creativity based at the University of St. Andrew's.The workshops are free, providing all criteria are met, to applicants before August 9.They will be held in Stirling on three dates "“ 17-19 September, 15-17 October and 19-21 November.Current female business owners are also allowed to attend "“ provided their business employs fewer than 250 people and has an annual turnover of less than €50 Million.The workshops will be led by business consultant Sara Shinton, executive coach Christina Ioannidis, Mike Clouser of the University of Edinburgh's school of Informatics, and Mel Harris of Edinburgh Internet Marketing Meet-up Group.The events will be focussing on three key areas- creativity, funding, and negotiation.Event organiser Catherine Brown said: "These workshops are aimed at women with an interest in technology, but background is less important than an enthusiasm and desire to follow a project through."We're expecting a diverse range of people whose backgrounds include design, computer science, engineering and nursing, but anyone with a technology related interest in welcome."Those attending will be asked to bring a project idea with them and, at the end of each workshop, they should have been able to develop a workable strategy using the new skills they have gained over the weekend."
Issy Anderson

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