The Lens - Changing Perspectives

The Lens

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What is the Lens?

The Lens is a unique partnership between charities, grant makers, the Scottish Government and businesses. With a proven track-record of success in Aberlour, The Lens is designed to encourage people to see and think differently. It helps create a culture of intrapreneurship and innovation within mission-driven organisations by supporting people to develop their ideas and skills. The Lens Programme integrates investment, competition and coaching and aims to help you deliver greater impact through sustainable, personalised services.


How it works

Intrapreneurship development

The Lens develops ideas and a sustainable mind-set of innovation, whilst building intrapreneurial skills and experiences. It offers a range of coaching, workshop and mentoring support, with emphasis on business innovation and modelling, pitching, prototyping and testing.

Competitive process

Central to The Lens is a competition where participants have the opportunity to pitch their developed ideas before an internally-selected panel of judges in order to secure investment. We believe this competitive edge breeds ingenuity and innovation; however, all those who reach the final benefit from a package of support, so although there are winners, there are no losers.

Investment fund

Together with our partner organisations, The Lens makes provision for an investment fund which will be allocated to winning pitches. This funding, together with ongoing mentoring and support, will enable intrapreneurs to fully develop and implement their ideas; the result is innovative change which will improve the lives of service users

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