• About Kallum with a K

    Konnector. Driven. High Achiever.

     

    Kallum “with a K” Russell is co-founder and Chief Enterprise Officer (CEO) of Acorn Enterprise, an organisation on a mission to grow Scotland’s start-up culture. It educates and accelerates new businesses and Student entrepreneurs!

     

    Acorn Enterprise runs entrepreneurial training programmes and events for new and growing businesses, Colleges and Universities, and other organisations that want to put entrepreneurship at the heart of what they do. They also offer rapid prototyping through their Acorn 3D Printing services.

     

    Born and bred in Fife, Scotland, he has been working with the Scottish entrepreneurial community for a number of years. Before co-founding Acorn Enterprise, Kallum also successfully launched a networking group, Dunfermline Talks Business, and ran a marketing consultancy for small businesses, Audacious Marketing. In addition to running Acorn Enterprise, he is also on the Fife Area Board for Young Enterprise Scotland.

     

    Kallum is a passionate advocate for start-ups, student enterprise and entrepreneurship as a whole. He has won several awards, including:

    Ultimately, Kallum connects people, places and things. He enjoys challenging the norm, the mundane and the accepted. Put simply, he makes things happen and enjoys doing it.

  • What People Say About Kallum with a K

    Kallum's enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is contagious!

    "We were extremely lucky to have Kallum speak at our Student Enterprise Conference this year. Not only a great speaker, but a lovely person to work with, Kallum delivered an excellent and engaging workshop on business planning at our conference for young entrepreneurs, and gave the attendees some thoroughly useful advice to take away from the session. As well as this workshop he also sat on a panel about Accelerators, and spoke on his experience of building and growing Acorn Enterprise. I would jump at the chance to work with Kallum again as his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is contagious!".

     

    - Robin Silcock, Events Co-ordinator at the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), hired Kallum as a speaker at the Student Enterprise Conference 2016 - Europe's largest student enterprise conference.

    Pushed the participants to think differently!

    "Acorn Enterprise ran a Business Bootcamp for our Students and the wider business community to inspire and challenge, and it was a real success, with over 40 attendees! The workshops were thought-provoking and pushed the participants to think differently about their current approach and how to develop their ideas further. We have no hesitation in recommending Kallum and the team at Acorn Enterprise and we will be working with them again!".

     

    - Heather Boag, Centre for Enterprise Manager at Perth College UHI - Centre for Enterprise, hired Acorn Enterprise to run a Business Bootcamp for their Students and the wider business community.

    One of the Best Connected People in Scotland...And a legend!

    "Kallum's commitment to helping businesses grow and develop is tireless. It is Kallum's passion for helping others that draws people toward him and as a result he is one of the best connected people in Scotland. These connections allow him to put relevant people in touch with one another to ensuring that they can help one another reach their goals. An absolute legend".

     

    - Sam Trett, owner of LoCA Bev, was an Acorn (participant) in the Acorn Enterprise 20 week Business Accelerator Programme.

  • Speaking and Judging engagements

    Previous

    • The Student Enterprise Conference: ran 2 workshops on the "Entrepreneurial mindset" and the "Business Model Canvas"; also participated in a panel discussion on Business Accelerators (London, 2016).
    • British Council: ran a seminar on the important work Acorn Enterprise is doing to grow Scotland's start-up business culture and explored the wider Scottish Entrepreneurial ecosystem for lecturers visiting from Thailand (West Lothian, 2016).
    • Startup Britain: participated in their Annual UK Startup Bus Tour by offering speed mentoring and guidance to new businesses and Chairing a Round Table discussion with business support agencies in Perthshire (Perth, 2016).
    • Scottish EDGE: judged applicants in Round 8 of this Scotland-wide funding competition (Scotland, 2016).
    • Heriot-Watt University: ran a workshop for Students in the Final of Watt Ventures - an enterprise competition (Edinburgh, 2016).
    • St Andrews Business Club: presented "Lessons Distilled from Co-Founding and Running a Business Accelerator" (Fife, 2016).
    • Fife College Enterprise Competition: judged the Finals of this College-wide initiative (Fife, 2016).
    • Perth & Kinross Business and Enterprise Month: ran a workshop to help students successfully launch a new business (Perth, 2015).
    • St Andrews University: judged the Finals of Ideas Explosion - an enterprise competition (Fife, 2015). 
    • Startup St Andrews: judged this 3-day start-up challenge (Fife, 2014).
    • Fife College Enterprise Club: outlined why Students should consider running their own business (Fife, 2013).

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