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About us

We support you from the beginning, with or without an idea, we encourage that first innovative spark and help you sustain it. Our events, workshops, competitions and one-to-one meetings with an adviser can help you startup or spinout and then develop further so you thrive.

One-to-one with an adviser

You can book a meeting with an expert business adviser to discuss your ideas. At your first meeting, you will be asked to describe your idea and its commercial potential, and to describe your current circumstances and aspirations. Your idea will be kept confidential. We can meet you at our offices at Kings Buildings Campus, the Main Library, the Outreach Centre or the Edinburgh College of Art.

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Events and Competitions

Throughout the year we hold various events and competitions for various stages of the startup process. While we try out new events and workshops each year, below are some of our favourites:

  • Find your Startup Idea

The perfect first step if you are looking for a business or social enterprise idea, looking for inspiration or have too many to chose from

  • Bootcamps

Come with your idea at these one day workshops for business and social enterprise ideas and we’ll help you take it to the next level.

Come along with, or without a business or social enterprise idea and learn to startup over a weekend.

Thinking about a career in freelance? Learn everything you need to know about self-employment.

We also run networking sessions, hackathons and support programmes alone and in partnership with industry. Check out our events page for current opportunities or sign-up to our communications so you don’t miss out on any of these great opportunities!


Get cash prizes for your business or social enterprise idea or early-stage startup

Your enterprise journey doesn’t finish with the competition deadline. Help boost your business or social enterprise with the University of Edinburgh’s biggest celebration of enterprise for staff, students and graduates.

Access to funding

We are committed to providing access to funds, investment, programmes and grants depending on the stage of your idea, research or business. Our extensive network means we are aware of the latest and best opportunities for our clients.

Programmes and awards

Startup Summer Entrepreneurship Programme

This 12-week, Santander Universities sponsored programme helps early stage potential startups increase their chance of launching. Receive expert mentorship, coaching and hot-desk space as well as £3,000 to help you startup.

Edinburgh Award for Enterprise 

We have teamed up with the Careers Service to create the Edinburgh Award for Enterprise. Network and learn from business professionals, learn new skills and have a great entry for your CV all while studying.


As your ideas turn into action you may find a mentor helpful to focus your efforts and to act as a sounding board for your ideas. A mentor has unique life and business experience and is willing to share their skills and their contacts.  Only students with a strong idea and proven commitment, and who have completed a thorough market assessment and business plan, are eligible.

Access to free legal, accounting and IP support

Supported by Ellis IP we can help with any of your legal, accounting or IP questions.  Please speak with your adviser to get your question answered.

Start-up Visa for International Students

Students currently studying under a Tier 4 Visa are restricted in setting up a business in the UK. Students may research and develop their ideas, but if they wish to form a company and start trading, they need to secure an alternative visa after graduation. The University of Edinburgh is one of the endorsing bodies for the Start-up route. Applications are selected by Edinburgh Innovations. In order to qualify, you must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea and must have been fully engaged with Edinburgh Innovations for a period of at least three months.

To find out more and take this further speak to your business adviser.

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