Create is the Highlands and Islands Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at Inverness College UHI. Its ambition is to inspire, encourage and support students, staff and the business community to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to realise their potential through enterprise.


The CREATE team helps students, staff and the business community achieve this by providing an exciting and engaging range of flexible programmes, courses, workshops and competitions.

Business Development and Employer Engagement

The CREATE team develop and deliver high impact entrepreneurial training and development for the local business community particularly in the areas of business start-up, innovative and design thinking, pitching and networking.

Round the table discussions

PGDE students attend workshop

Student Enterprise

CREATE plays a critical role in the Highlands and Islands in providing a platform for students to access inspirational speakers and take part in enterprising activities throughout the academic year.

CREATE is the Highlands and Islands hub for the Young Enterprise Scotland initiative called Bridge 2 Business which enables participants to:

  • Be more confident, creative, inspirational and realistic about the world of work.
  • Develop skills that will help with self-employment.
  • Take advantage of business start-up opportunities.
  • Meet and network with other entrepreneurial and motivational people.

Selling coasters

Enterprise workshops are run which aim to help students develop enterprising skills and, in turn, can help them shape their future and open doors to new opportunities.  The workshops can vary depending on demand and, in the past, we have offered the following topics:

  • Presentation for Success
  • Idea Generation and Problem Solving
  • Do You Have the 'E' Factor?
  • There are a lot of I's in TEAM
  • Do You Want to Be Your Own Boss?

Enterprise is everywhere!

As well as running workshops and courses, CREATE runs events throughout the year for the wider University of the Highlands and Islands academic and business community proving that enterprise is everywhere and giving everyone the chance to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills.

Get Inspired is a college-wide one-day conference bringing inspirational and enterprising business people face-to-face with students.  The purpose of the conference is to inspire innovation, creativity and enterprise throughout the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Highlands and Islands region.  Held each year, the conference includes speakers form local and national business figures.

Lecture audience

Conference speakers

Attending a conference

The University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition takes place each November. It launched in 2006 to give the University of the Highlands and Islands' student and members of our wider community the chance to win funding by pitching their idea to an expert judging panel. Since then, the competition has seeded the start-up of significant numbers of businesses.

Enterprise workshop

Rachel Parker receiving awards

The competition is open to any student enrolled at a University of the Highlands and Islands' college and to all residents aged 16 years and over from throughout the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Perthshire [subject to terms and conditions].

Entrepreneurial Staff Development

The Scottish Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Educators' Programme [SEE] is a staff development programme which aims to provide high quality personal and professional development and equip participants to become informed, flexible and professional enterprise educators.

The programme does not form a traditional education 'about' programme but rather a development programme 'for', and is designed to be practical, interactive and fun through stimulating discussion and experimentation.


Speaker with flipchart

CREATE SEE attendants

The programme includes four modules :

  • Module 1 - mindset for enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  • Module 2 - developing enterprising capacities.
  • Module 3 - understanding and supporting entrepreneurship in all contexts.
  • Module 4 - being enterprising in your educational practice.