The former Skyscanner COO will help to build closer ties between government and industry
The new position has been created to ensure entrepreneurship is ’embedded within the economy,’ and to build greater collaboration between government and Scotland’s high-growth industries (including the games ecosystem).
Logan will hold the new position for an initial term of two years, acting as an advisor to the Start-up Nation Programme, which has been established to deliver the key recommendations from the Scottish Tech Ecosystem Review (aka the Logan Report).
The Scottish Tech Ecosystem Review is the programme which provided funds for the creation of Scottish Games Week, alongside several other key events in Scotland’s digital calendar.
What Is A Chief Entrepreneur Officer?
The Scottish Government is taking steps to establish Scotland as a leading European tech hub and destination in which to launch and build businesses.
The Chief Entrepreneur Officer role was also a key commitment in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation. Logan’s remit includes boosting engagement with the Scottish startup community, working closely with founders, entrepreneurship programmes and small businesses to ensure that future policy development is ‘strongly focused on meeting the needs of business’.
Logan will also advise government ministers on building an ‘entrepreneurial first approach’ across the public sector, ensure that entrepreneurship is ‘instilled in the education and skills systems’ and establish clearer routes for aspiring founders to set up businesses.
Additional objectives include:
- Supporting increased diversity and inclusion in business start-up and scaling
- Acting as a public advocate for the Start-Up Nation Programme, and
- Advising ministers on the long-term structure and focus of the role based on learning accumulated during the first term
Commenting on his appointment, Mark Logan, said:
I am looking forward to building upon my existing role with the Scottish Government, working in partnership with our business community to boost entrepreneurialism across the economy.
There are so many innovative, creative enterprises across Scotland, and part of the task ahead is to provide the best possible environment in which they can thrive.
Announcing the appointment, Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said:
Mark Logan will be a brilliant asset to the Scottish Government, we’ve already drawn on his expertise in developing the STER report and enhancing Scotland’s tech credentials.
Now we are ready to take this to the next level and ensure entrepreneurial thinking and skillsets are enshrined in the curriculum and across the public, private and social enterprise sectors.
As we look beyond the pandemic we must be ready to seize the economic opportunities that come with achieving net-zero and becoming a fairer country. The National Strategy for Economic Transformation is clear – embedding an entrepreneurial mind set across the economy will be key to achieving our economic goals and I look forward to working closely with Mark on this.