Startup Summer Entrepreneurship Programme | LAUNCH.ed

We have teamed up with Santander Universities to bring you the Startup Summer Accelerator. This 12-week programme will help any early-stage and potential startups increase their chances of launching.

Learning how to startup is one of the best summer jobs you can have.

Receive £3,000 in funding while you learn what it takes to manage your own business or social enterprise. Develop your skills and enhance your CV. With regular workshops and weekly meetings you’ll learn market validation, product development, finances, pitching and digital marketing skills. There will be additional, optional workshops, such as resilience building and specialised sessions focusing on social enterprises and high growth enterprises.

 “I would recommend this programme to anyone who wants to give a boost to their business or understand how the business world works.”

Successful applicants will also receive expert mentorship and coaching, peer to peer sessions, and gain industry insight through weekly events featuring top entrepreneurs and investors from Edinburgh’s startup community.

All previous participants have benefitted from the programme with some greatly benefitting. Lorn Jean received a permanent installation in the National Museum of Scotland, ThisThat secured their first investment and Lilypads shipped their first product.

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  • You must be a current student from the University of Edinburgh or graduated in the last two years
  • You must be able to dedicate at least 40 hours a week to your business
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working on a startup idea
  • Be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely


  • Applications open                            11th Feb
  • Applications close                            11th March at midnight
  • Interviews take place                     25th – 27th March
  • Induction Day                                   31st May
  • First workshop                                  3rd June
  • Demo Day                                          12th September


“Just being on the programme greatly increased my confidence about my business.”

The Startup Summer Accelerator 2018 cohort.

The University of Edinburgh

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