Alumni Services

Edinburgh Innovations: Support for graduate entrepreneurs

If you have graduated from the University of Edinburgh in the last two years, you’re eligible to receive free support and advice from Edinburgh Innovations.

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Free one to one appointments with a business adviser

As an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, you can book meetings with Edinburgh Innovations business advisers to discuss your business ideas and get advice.

At your first meeting, you will be asked to describe your idea and its commercial potential, and also to describe your current circumstances and aspirations. Your start-up or spin-out idea will be kept confidential. At this meeting, an assessment will be made of the next steps needed to explore your idea and the potential funding options available. Depending on the nature of your business and the stage you are at, you may be invited to subsequent meetings as appropriate.

Workshops, bootcamps, and competitions

Throughout the year there will be opportunity to attend various workshops. The workshops cover everything from business planning, start-up finance, market research, sales and marketing. Generally workshops last 90 minutes and are open to recent alumni with a business idea.

Funding your start-up

In some cases Edinburgh Innovations is able to help with funding your start-up. There are various aspects of your early stage start-up that Edinburgh Innovations can support you to raise funds for.

Access to free legal and accountancy clinics with a range or external providers.

Regular clinics are held in the Edinburgh Innovations offices with external law and accountancy firms. Slots of 45 minutes are available free of charge, for non-committal advice on any aspect of your business.

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