The partnership will see EMC provide training, coaching and mentorship to the thousands of entrepreneurs being supported by Entrepreneurial Spark nationwide, with locations including Ayrshire, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The EMC participation will add to a number of initiatives that provide extra support for technology start-ups, including working closely with the Open Experience, RBS' new Technology Solutions Centre at Gogarburn near Edinburgh.
Ross Fraser, VP and managing director at EMC UK&I, said: “This is a great opportunity to combine the talent from established companies like EMC and new start-ups to help encourage business growth and innovation in the UK.
“We want to help share advice which we’ve learnt over the past 35 years, and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is particularly key in an environment where digital technology is forming the life-blood of a new generation of businesses.”
Jim Duffy, founder and chief executive optimist at Entrepreneurial Spark said: “Our focus is on building the mindset and behaviours of an entrepreneur by focusing their mind, putting them into an environment which pushes their comfort zone, and providing sessions which challenge their thinking. EMC’s resources and insights will be incredibly valuable to the start-up and entrepreneur community in the months and years ahead.”
Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private Banking at RBS, added: “We have been supporting Entrepreneurial Spark since 2011 and in that time there has been huge digital progression.
“In a business environment where digital skills are often essential for growth, the breadth of EMC’s knowledge and expertise will give our entrepreneurs a valuable new pillar of support, making the Entrepreneurial Spark programme even more comprehensive.”