Scottish businesses are being asked to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs as part of a new schools mentoring scheme launched yesterday.
The Schools Link programme was developed by the Entrepreneurial Exchange business networking and support organisation and is aimed at giving Scotland's youth the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the world of commerce.
It is hoped that hearing how some of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs reached the top, through various links between businesses and schools, will inspire pupils to have more confidence in their own abilities.
The scheme was launched in Edinburgh by Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace and businesswoman Ann Rushforth, the first Schools Link mentor.
Exchange chairman Jim McColl said: "Scotland needs to instil a new culture of enterprise in its young people and help them to realise their potential. We have to give them the self belief and knowledge needed to make the best decisions and choices."