Towering mountains, glittering lochs, thick woodland and miles upon miles of golden beaches -Scotland’s landscapes really do take your breath away.
But what of Scotland’s innovation landscape – what does that look like?
Recently I have come across many references to our innovation landscape, including one who told me that in Scotland there were 160 innovation funding opportunities available to the Food & Drink Industry alone.
So how does an intrepid innovatornavigate this landscape of opportunities ?
There are lots of pathfinders who will help set you off on your journey, you will meet other explorers who will share their experiences and there are lots of advisers who can help you along the way.
Having said all that, Scotland’s innovation landscape is a difficult one to traverse. It is full of uncertainty and it takes time.
How can we enable people to traverse it faster and with less risk?
To learn how to innovate requires passion, resilience, stimulus, collaboration, a willingness to learn and a willingness to fail.
We Scots have these attributes in abundance but above all of these we need a system.
A system to traverse the uncertainty quickly, to build courage and get us back on the right path again and again and again until we succeed.