Welcome to the resource page for young entrepreneurs, inventors & creative sparks!
Got a great idea and want to turn it into a product? Interested in starting your own business? Got creative ideas but don’t know how to protect them? Then this is the page for you.
Cobra is a fantastic online resource which provides information on hundreds of different business ideas from accountancy practice to worm farming!
This easy to use resource also contains factsheets covering everything from coming up with your business idea, protecting your intellectual property to taking on your first employee.
(Library card number required if accessing remotely)
Take a look at our full list of resources at our eResources page
Thinking about turning your hobby or special interest into a business?
Take a look at our e-Magazine collection to keep your knowledge up-to-date. All titles are available through the RB Digital app or via a desktop computer
- Amateur Photography
- Apple Magazine
- BBC Good Food Magazine
- Homes & Gardens
- The Knitter
- Health & Fitness
and many more
Overdrive/Libby and Borrowbox have a good range of business books, including biographies and autobiographies, and special interest titles. Take a look at our online catalogue for more details.
Protect your ideas
Did you know? If you create something original you can protect it.
Watch this video from the Intellectual Property Office to find out how Intellectual Property works.
Interested in finding out more about patents, trademarks and copyright? Take a look at these animations from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Useful links on Intellectual Property
Cracking Ideas Teachers, students and inventors: welcome to a world of cracking ideas – an expert insight into Intellectual Property (IP) and how to help you protect them.
USPTO Kids the page where innovation, excitement and inventions collide!
Respect for Trademarks This World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) site is aimed at young people ages 14 – 19 studying a range of subjects including business studies, media studies, psychology, law, art & design, this resource offers teachers innovative ways to educate about the importance of intellectual property rights for both consumers and creators of a wide range of products and services. Includes Interactive Logo Maker.
Respect for Copyright The site (WIPO) contains a set of educational resources the purpose of which is to raise young people’s awareness about copyright. The resources have the concept of respect at their heart and seek to encourage students to explore the factors that inform individual behavior and personal morality, as well as looking beyond their own experiences to consider alternative points of view. The aim is to lead students through debate and discussion to a better understanding of creative activity and the links to intellectual property.
Intellectual Property Office IPO is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
European European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO is responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. We also work with the IP offices of the EU Member States and international partners to offer a similar registration experience for trade marks and designs across Europe and the world.
World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation.
Useful Links for Young Entrepreneurs
Prince’s Trust Works with 18-30 year olds to turn big ideas into a reality. Their website contains lots of useful business resources and tools.
The Young Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Starting & Growing a Successful Business from Dale Cudmore’s blog on digital.com covers everything from idea generation to launch.
My World of Work The ‘Be your own boss’ section offers helpful tips on getting started, advice from entrepreneurs and sources of help and support.
Young Enterprise Scotland offers enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and development opportunities for young people across all of Scotland.
Bridge2Business offers a range of services to inspire, connect & support college students into business. Take a look at the heroes section for real life entrepreneurial stories.
Entrepreneurial Scotland - The Saltire Programme Matches high-potential undergraduates from Scottish universities with leading global and entrepreneurial companies, charities, social enterprises, and small and medium sized enterprises - from Glasgow to San Francisco to Singapore.
TeenBusiness Since 1999, TeenBusiness.com has been the only news and information portal for young entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and their parents/educators.
Business Gateway Provides access to free business support services including online guides, local workshops and appointments with experienced business advisers.
Cultural Enterprise Office Specialist support for self-employment and business start-up in the creative industries.
People Plus Mentoring support for self-employment or starting a business through New Enterprise Allowance.
Bobatoo Finding a mentor - This comprehensive guide outlines the benefits of having a business mentor, what to expect from your mentor relationship and how to find the best mentor to help you and your business flourish.
Young Entrepreneurs Forum is a online community & business magazine site where you will learn all about business opportunities, business education and entrepreneurship.
Useful links for creative sparks
Behind the Noise Music and business education program for S4,S5 and S6 pupils in Glasgow Schools. Click here to view a short film about BTN.
CitizensTheatre Drama classes for 4 -18 year olds.
GMAC Film’s Youth Team are a group of 16-25 year olds who meet monthly to consult and advise on the development and delivery of the youth programme at GMAC Film. They are also able to take part in training, mentoring, production, volunteering and employment opportunities through GMAC Film, giving them new skills, friends, collaborators and real-life experiences
Impact Arts runs a variety of workshops for young people on visual arts, music, performance and digital work.
Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers courses on acting, music, dance drama, production and film.
Musicplus+ delivers a mentoring scheme run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative for 14-19 year olds interested in working in the music industry.
Scottish Book Trust contains writing tips for teens, competitions and more.
Scottish YouthTheatre Drama, Dance and Theatre Classes for Children and Young People ages 3 - 25.
Sonic Pi Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical & jazz to EDM.
Tron Theatre Skill shops and Youth Theatre classes
Useful links for Coders and Programmers
Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D.
Code.org Create an account to save your progress and projects. Or just start coding - no account needed. All courses are available at no cost. Includes .
Scratch Create stories, games, and animations.
Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.
Useful links for Inventors
The New INVENTIONS Playlist on YouTube.
BBC Made in Scotland: A history of invention Great Scottish inventions from 1100 to 1997.
Inventor Resource Read articles on inventing board games, eco-friendly devices, toys, etc.
Lemelson-MIT Check out the resources section on this American website for information on historical inventions, howtoons, case studies, invention resources, inventor handbook, student & teacher guides.
Little Inventors takes children's invention ideas and makes them real (for 5-12 year olds).
Useful links for Scientists and Engineers
Glasgow Science Centre 3 floors packed with hundreds of interactive exhibits and experiences.
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Includes resources for teachers.
The Royal Institution is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Take a look at the Education page for games and activities to try at home (L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre).
Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame: Scotland's engineering greats from Sir George Bruce (c1550-1625) to Craig Clark (b. 1973).
For Teachers and lecturers
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Students will learn how to access and use our business online resources and collections. You can take a tour of the Mitchell Library, including ‘behind the scenes’, to learn about the secrets of the historic building.
Working for Yourself
This session aims to introduce pupils to information resources to investigate self-employment and business start-up as a potential career aspiration.
Students will gain an understanding of how trademarks add value to Scottish businesses, how they are designed to connect with different audiences and why the protection of trademarks is important to business. Includes ‘Trademark Challenge’.
Copyright for Photographers
Students will gain an understanding of how copyright protects artistic works, the difference between economic and moral rights, and measures that can be taken to protect the copyright in their own images.
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