They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to achieve success in the face of continuing economic hardship.
Many new businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and this new column will offer advice for potential start-ups.
Each company will answer the same questions about their business and their answers will appear in the Evening Times each Wednesday.
This week we talk to Rebecca Thompson, of Hot Tap Media.
Who are you?
Hot Tap Media is a digital community development company based in Glasgow.
What does your business do?
We use digital platforms to create communities and improve our enjoyment of the world.
A key area for us is creating audiences for films and TV shows.
We use a combination of social media, blogger outreach, viral marketing, multi-platform content, SEO-savvy websites, crowdfunding and online distribution to help film and TV companies build strong, engaged fanbases for their projects.
We also deliver a project called somewhereto_, which is a web-based platform that helps 16-25 year olds find free spaces to do what they love.
We're very much on the ground working with the young people directly, and creating opportunities for them across the UK.
Where are you based?
We're lucky enough to have been offered space in Digital Enterprise Glasgow's Business Incubator Centre in The Hub at Pacific Quay.
How did you get started?
I pretty much started with a laptop, some contacts, and word of mouth, and in fact, that's still how I work.
What is your background?
I worked at Channel 4 for a number of years as Commissioning Editor for the Scottish arm of their new talent initiatives, IDEASFACTORY and then 4Talent.
What is your top tip?
My main advice to anyone starting up their own company would be to remember to enjoy it.
It can be stressful, hard work and often difficult running your own business, but it's also a wonderful way to live your life.
Has anyone helped you get started and how?
I was supported by Business Gateway, which gave me lots of advice and access to really useful grants to cover some of the start-up costs, and the Glasgow Commonwealth Graduate Fund, which gave me funding to allow me to take on my first employee.
What was your first deal?
One of our first audience development contracts was with Synchronicity Films for a film called Not Another Happy Ending.
It's a really lovely romantic comedy set in Glasgow and starring the Scots actress Karen Gillan, and is directed by John McKay.
What was your biggest mistake/or what would you do differently?
I think in the early days of Hot Tap, I tried to force it to be something that didn't quite work.
By letting go of this, I worked out what the company's strengths and unique selling points really were.
Who was/is your mentor/or inspiration?
I get inspiration from all the big multi-platform campaigns for TV and film projects.
Where do you plan your business to be in five years' time?
Our next step is to look at expanding outside of Scotland. In five years' time we would love to be working with indie producers across the world.