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.
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.
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:
Come along with, or without a business or social enterprise idea and learn to startup over a weekend.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Supported by Ellis IP with can help with any of your legal, accounting or IP questions. Please speak with your adviser to get your question answered.
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 a partner university for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa endorsement scheme operated by UK Visa and Immigration. The University can endorse up to 20 international graduates each year to apply for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa to enable them to develop a business in the UK.