Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs in Scotland’s Food & Drink Sector!

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The THRIVE programme, which is an ambitious entrepreneurial initiative to help the next generation of food and drink innovators, is collaboration between Queen Margaret University and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

It aims to develop new talent to support sustainable growth in Scotland’s food and drink sector and tackle head on the need for Scotland to create a renewed culture of innovation in the food and drink sector. 

THRIVE comprises of a range of industry focused webinars and two days of interactive and dynamic sessions delivered by leading university academics & industry specialists from the three partner organisations as well as external business professionals. Participants will gain a clear understanding of what is required to enter the food industry from idea generation to production. Through the combined research and industry expertise of the THRIVE partners, the team hopes to push the boundaries of innovation and support aspiring entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

Thrive is being delivered between August and November 2024. Interested in attending? Please email

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