The Lens - Changing Perspectives

What is The Lens?

The Lens develops people and ideas, helping find new ways of working.

The Lens was designed and piloted within leading children’s charity Aberlour, to create a process where innovative and sustainable ideas could be developed. It is supported by a consortium of funders, including the Scottish Government.

The Lens integrates an investment fund, a competitive process and a development programme that builds intrapreneurial skills, behaviors and mind sets. It aims to stimulate innovation and support the next generation of intrapreneurs and future leaders.

It creates the opportunity for individuals and teams to pitch for investment in projects that will improve their organisation and improve the experience of their service users. The Lens will provide these potential intrapreneurs with unique training, mentoring and funding opportunities to help them develop and realise their ideas.

How it works


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 modelling, value propositions, prototyping and testing, pitching and corporate storytelling.


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.


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 lives.


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