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"The accelerator process challenged me and required some bravery, but it also inspired me to think big about the future and how I might build a robust business model."

CAROL ARNOTT, FOUNDER OF GET SET YETI

Carol Arnott is the founder of Get Set Yeti! (previously known as Growth Mindset Yeti) and alumni of cohort 10.

An experienced educator with a passion for improving the attainment gap in education, Carol Arnott was referred to the Accelerator programme by her Business Gateway Tayside adviser.

Working in education for over a decade, Carol gained invaluable insight into how teaching methods and personality traits impact our ability to learn and grow. She realised that an individual’s personality or mindset is not fixed; it is possible to coach people towards achieving their full potential.

Carol was motivated to create bespoke teaching resources aimed at educators and parents of early years children. Using colourful illustrated characters and stories to inspire and engage young learners, she piloted her materials in school across Dundee. The result? Over 100 educational practitioners reported them as impactful.

The onset of Covid-19 in March 2020 and the subsequent closure of schools across Scotland meant that Carol was forced to diversify and has subsequently moved to online learning, developing new resources and e-books on different subject areas using her yeti characters.

During her time on Accelerator, she developed STEM books and material for children’s emotional wellbeing and resilience with a psychiatrist.

Commenting on her experience, she said: ‘I was given access to business experts and mentors who provided me with the tools and knowledge to turn my pilot educational programme into a viable business. The accelerator process challenged me and required some bravery, but it also inspired me to think big about the future and how I might build a robust business model.’

Thanks to the input of Accelerator agitators and external experts that she connected with during the programme, she identified growth opportunities in the wider international arena and is also looking at other sectors such as the military, the prison service and the private education sector to introduce to Get Set Yeti!.

As a result of introductions made through the Accelerator to the team at Interface, Carol is currently working with academics from the University of Dundee to create an emotional literacy app for parents and children.

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