How We Started
The Entrepreneurial Exchange was founded in 1994 as part of the Scottish Enterprise Business Birth Rate Strategy. Its aim was to help isolated entrepreneurs to network with other like-minded people, to share experiences and the challenges of business.
The Exchange now has a membership base of some 400 entrepreneurs from a variety of business backgrounds, including most of Scotland's recent successful wealth creators.
The Exchange is funded by members' subscriptions and exists to provide regular events where members can meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other. The value of this advice is demonstrably high and the opportunity to gain access to truly successful entrepreneurs is unequalled.
The underlying philosophy of The Exchange is that entrepreneurs learn most from fellow entrepreneurs - those who have been there and done it. We live by our motto - 'for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs' - and at our events Exchange members hear the reality of running a high-growth business directly from fellow entrepreneurs.
We're proud to say that The Fraser of Allander Review highlighted The Exchange amongst the favourable outcomes of the Business Birth Rate Strategy.
Where We Are Going
When we first started, our aim was to create an organisation that met the needs of Scotland's entrepreneurs and matched the spirit of their endeavours. Seven years on we are still committed to that goal and in an ever-changing business landscape we remain dedicated to ensuring that The Exchange is an effective and responsive organisation.
Our challenge now is to take The Exchange forward whilst remaining true to our original aim of being an organisation 'for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs'.
Our key objectives are to inform, motivate, educate, inspire and support entrepreneurs.
Members and Their Needs
Membership of The Exchange is open to entrepreneurs who are committed to growing a significant business and creating wealth and employment within Scotland.
We aim to be inclusive and will not cap membership. Start up companies are eligible for Associate Membership if they display the basic characteristics of an ambitious and growth orientated entrepreneurial business.
To meet all our members' needs we provide opportunities for them to meet at a range of events, and have developed this website - The Exchange Online - to deliver enhanced networking opportunities around the clock. We also aim to respond to the varying needs of members at different stages of growth or with specific industry or sectoral issues.