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Jeane Freeman MSP
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Press Release

Jeane Freeman MSP Urges Entrepreneurs To Enter 'Virgin Startup' Competition

Published date : 28 Nov 2017

Jeane Freeman MSP calls on entrepreneurs to enter chance to be crowned Scotland’s leading small business

Entrepreneurs and businesses in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley are being urged to enter the search for Scotland’s startup Business of the Year.

Virgin Startup10: Scotland is open to startup businesses and entrepreneurs, the competition will offer ‘startup can’t buy prizes’ including mentoring and support from a leading Scottish law firm.

The top ten finalists will be shortlisted in February and recognised as Virgin StartUp’s 10 Scottish ambassadors. The overall winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in March and will receive a mentoring session from an all-star judging panel of leading Scottish entrepreneurs.

Jeane Freeman MSP is hoping to see a finalist from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.

Jeane said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and I want to see a finalist from Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley showcase the talent that we have here. I encourage local entrepreneurs to take the challenge and download the entry pack as soon as they can, and I wish them the very best of luck.” 

Judging the process is four of Scotland’s most renowned entrepreneurs, who will also mentor the overall winner as part of the ‘money can’t buy’ prizes on offer to all ten finalists. They are:

  • Jackie Waring – the founder & CEO of Investing Women and leader of Scotland’s only all-female business angel group
  • Leah Hutcheon - the founder and CEO of Appointedd, an Edinburgh-based tech company revolutionising the way bookings are made online
  • Bob Kieller CBE - Chairman of Scottish Enterprise
  • Cally Russell, Founder and CEO of Mallzee, the UK’s leading multi-retailer shopping app

To find out more and submit an entry, visit . The closing date for entries is 8th January 2018.


For press information please contact the Virgin StartUp press office at Havas PR on 0131 255 0032 or email


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