A potentially life changing adventure is being offered through the Saltire Foundation to people involved in the Scottish food and drink industry.

The chance to become a Saltire Food and Drink Fellow –  valued at up to £27,000 –  brings with it a unique opportunity to up and coming businesses leaders to fast track their careers

The Saltire Fellowship was created in 2009 to give talented Scots the skill sets, networks, entrepreneurial mindset and ambition to grow the country’s businesses. 

There is still a limited time, with applications closing next week, to apply for the 2013-2014 scheme.

Places are open to individuals or SME companies in the food & drink sector who want to develop their rising stars or plan for top management succession.

If you currently work in, are looking to move into the Food & Drink sector then the Saltire Fellowship is an opportunity to fast-track your career.

Candidates would be people working in the sector, or looking to move into it.

Typically they would be early to mid-career entrepreneurs, or potential business leaders, with significant work experience and open to learning from new experiences.

Up to 20 Fellows are selected to go on the intensive 8-month programme, which has an established reputation of quickly and effectively bolting on commercial skills, global market understanding and stimulating ambition.

The programme is the opportunity of a lifetime, and there is funding for up to 90% of its value.


The 2013-2014 Food & Drink Fellows will:


  • Be taught at the Babson College (the top business school in the world for entrepreneurship) where they will take courses in a wide range of applicable subjects such as the dynamics of innovation, markets and customers, opportunity identification, communication and distribution, building sales, and the contemporary global enterprise.
  • Undertake a commercial project in a US based Food & Drink firm (Oct-Nov 2014).
  • Return to a Scottish Food & Drink firm for a 3-month project (Jan to Mar 2014).
  • Access world class networks in Scotland and internationally.
  • Be immersed in Scottish Food & Drink opportunities.
  • Possibly also undertake additional Food & Drink projects at MIT.


Here is what the Fellowship has done for 2012 Fellow Jonny McNeal:



If you wish to learn more about the programme go to: http://hub.am/ZnnPmh. It is a rolling admission process but the selection process will end by the third week in July. If you are interested, please contact Linda Barclay at linda.barclay@saltirefoundation.com



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