If you’re an alumnus and have graduated from the University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh College of Art in the last 2 years, you’re eligible to receive free support and advice from the Launch.ed Team.
As an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh College of Art, you can book meetings with LAUNCH.ed 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.
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.
In some cases Launch.ed is able to help with funding your start-up. There are various aspects of your early stage start-up that Launch.ed can support you raise funds for.
Regular clinics are held in the Launch.ed 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.