Start-up funding

Start up funding

retailENTERPRISE provides an exciting opportunity to support individuals in their journey to becoming the next generation of fashion retail entrepreneurs.

In partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Hammerson, the initiative supports GCU undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni who have an early stage business idea and want to learn how to set up their own retail business.

Each individual that applies has the opportunity to secure a scholarship to attend a postgraduate business related course at GCU. The individual will pitch to a panel of leading figures in retail for a share of the £30,000 seed investment and trial their business concept with free pop-up space across any Hammerson shopping centre.

Meet our Scholars

Martha Rodriguez

Martha graduated with a degree in Clothing Technology and Textiles in 2007 and has since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Business in her home country of the Philippines. Martha’s fashion industry experience includes a Merchandising Internship with The Natori Company in New York.

Martha has already established her own social enterprise called Vesti, a collection of handbags that showcases the beauty of handwoven fabrics by the different tribes and communities in Mindanao, an island south of the Philippines.

Through studying MSc Fashion Business Creation and the support of her retailRIGHT scholarship, Martha aims to develop her business into a global venture and help preserve the Philippine weaving culture and heritage.

Blair Clarke

Blair is a graduate of Clark University where she studied Communications, Marketing and New Media technologies, focusing on fashion retail business as the subject area for her final project.

Blair has had an interest in fashion from a very early age, using it as a creative outlet and way to express her individuality. Her career goal is to develop a global online fashion boutique with a focus on vintage clothing.

Receiving the retailRIGHT scholarship is allowing Blair to focus her time and energy on her master’s degree and pursue her entrepreneurial ambitions.

For more information, please visit the GCU website.