Susan Harkins leads on Innovation & Entrepreneurship for South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE). Susan Joined SOSE in July 2020 to develop early-stage enterprise activity with a particular focus on Young Enterprise, Women’s Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation in South of Scotland
Prior to SOSE Susan headed up Business Gateway in Edinburgh where she led her team to support over 25,000 small businesses to start-up and grow.
Susan has a passion for working with micro businesses, and has a keen interest in Women Led Businesses, Young people, Digital and Social Enterprise.
Susan has played a key role in Scotland’s public sector business support eco system having chaired the Business Gateway National Operational network, a founder of Women in Business Edinburgh network, a member of the Scottish Government Women in Business Action Group and regularly contributes to the Scottish Government Cross party group on Women in Business.
Susan is a peer reviewer for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has been involved in several European projects.
Susan studied her MBA at Edinburgh University and has a Business Counselling diploma