You’ve found your idea, what should you do next? There are a lot of resources out there to help you develop your idea into a viable business. Here you will find the tools to support your business growth.

Business Gateway have many online tools and events that you may find useful in developing your idea. We suggest you check out their website and in particular their business plan template.

Elevator is a social enterprise with the mission to support the leaders of today and tomorrow, encouraging entrepreneurship, business start-up and growth. Elevator run a number of accelerator programmes, one of which is exclusively for students. ABVentures works with Elevator to identify student businesses that would benefit from the programme. During the accelerator a variety of entrepreneurial themes are covered each week, including goal setting, customer relationships, cash-flow, finance, intellectual property and more. You can find out more about Elevator here:

Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) works alongside ABVentures to help support student businesses.

Scottish Enterprise innovation experts are there to help you develop and improve products and services or explore ways to increase productivity. For more information on whether they can help your business, check out their Innovation Support page.

Nesta exist to back innovations for the common good. Here you will find their DIY toolkit focussing on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results:

The Innovation Canvas has been developed by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the UK’s innovation collaboration agency, in association with Miller-Klein. The Innovation Canvas is designed to help businesses focus on the most important challenges in developing an innovative product, service or process: