The University of Edinburgh’s innovation management service; Edinburgh Innovations helps to inspire, launch and grow enterprises. LAUNCH.ed is a big part this providing a free student service launching student’s ideas to the world with meetings with expert advisors, events and competitions and it doesn’t come bigger than Inspire Launch Grow our annual competition and showcase.

The Inspire Launch Grow Awards are designed to reward staff, researchers, students and recent graduates (up to four years after graduation) of the University of Edinburgh who have started a new business, social enterprise or turned their research into a business opportunity. We want to recognise those who achieved entrepreneurial success while pursuing their studies or academic career or developed an inspiring new business post-graduation.

This is not a competition for early-stage ideas. We are looking for applicants who have already taken considerable steps towards starting up. Check eligibility and tips on what the judges are looking for here

There is a total prize fund of £20,000, with a top award of £5,000 cash with smaller sums available for runners-up. In addition to the main prizes, all finalists will receive a set of professional photos, a pop-up banner and the opportunity to network with our VIP guests at the event ceremony in early June.



Watch the Inspire Launch Grow story where 3 entrepreneurs talk about their entrepreneurial journey at this great University.

Read more on Inspire Launch Grow 2017 here

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