Empowering Forth Valley Entrepreneurs: Ceteris Pathways Programme Breaks Barriers to Success

Pathways Prorgramme

On April 2, 2024, the Pathways Programme, created by Ceteris Scotland Ltd, celebrated the graduation of 25 ambitious budding entrepreneurs from across the Forth Valley. Designed to nurture entrepreneurial talent amongst those who would otherwise face barriers to founding their own business, the Pathways programme also saw participants pitch for their share of £10,000 of grant money to support their business ideas.

Attended by Ellen Forsen, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, the graduation event marked the successful completion of the Pathways Programme.

Empowering Ambitions

Tailored to meet the unique needs of emerging entrepreneurs, the programme immersed attendees in practical, hands-on experiences spanning business ideation, market analysis, and effective business execution strategies. A pivotal part of the programme was the opportunity to pitch for a grant of up to £1,000 per successful pitch to help participants kickstart their business idea. Participants ‘pitched’ a diverse array of business concepts ranging from helping migrants settle into the country, to mental health solutions and digital marketing innovations.

Judged by a panel of successful entrepreneurs and experts, amidst tough competition, fifteen exceptional entrepreneurs emerged victorious, sharing the £10,000 between them to help fund their fledgling businesses.

Celebrating Entrepreneurial Triumphs

The graduation ceremony served as a triumphant showcase of entrepreneurial ingenuity. Armed with newfound knowledge and the support of their fellow participants, these graduates stand poised to chart a course towards business success and to make enduring contributions to the Forth Valley economy.

Maggie Gorman, Business Support and Development Director of Ceteris, expressed her delight at the success of the Pathways Programme, stating, “At Ceteris, we are committed to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within our community. The graduation of these 25 aspiring entrepreneurs is a testament to the power of support, education, and opportunity in unlocking potential and driving economic growth.

“Congratulations to all our budding entrepreneurs who have taken part in the Pathways Programme over the last 3 months. We’re looking forward to watching our Pathways graduates put their ideas into action and create a successful future for themselves and their business. Thanks to the Scottish Government Pathways Pre-Start Fund, which provided the funding for the Pathways Programme.”

Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Ellen Forson, said: “Congratulations to all the Pathways Programme graduates! Their creativity, tenacity, and community spirit are truly inspiring. With 98% of businesses in Clackmannanshire classed as small or micro businesses, it’s clear to see how fledgling businesses like these make a huge contribution to our local economy.

This programme, funded by the Pathways Pre-Start Fund, exemplifies the Scottish Government’s Community Wealth Building approach to economic growth to tackle systemic challenges and inequalities within our communities. I wish all the entrepreneurs the best of luck as they launch their new ventures!”