Accelerating Entrepreneurship

Venture Builder Incubator

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh Venture Builder Incubator!

Applications to join the Venture Builder Incubator programme have now closed.

The Venture Builder Incubator is a curated programme of interactive, online workshops and in- person events designed to provide PhDs, postgraduate students, early career researchers and academic staff with the skills and knowledge to maximise the impact of their research and support the creation of new startups.

The Venture Builder Incubator is delivered by the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading Innovation Hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Bayes Centre, supported by Barclays Eagle Labs and Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.


Watch our Venture Builder Incubator programme manager, Laura Bernal, answer 4 key questions about the programme

  • What is the Venture Builder Incubator and who can apply? [0:12]
  • Why should I apply? [1:09}
  • How is the programme structured? [1:43]
  • What makes and application succesful? [2:38]
Video: VBI informational video
VBI video

What previous participants have to say:

Very well-structured series of interactive training sessions, lots of opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback, and an extremely welcoming community. Great overall vibe!

Arturas StraizysUoE PhD and Celsus Founder

It's been the best incubator we've been a part of so far! I've just really enjoyed the whole experience.

Tiffany MaOxford university PhD and co-founder of GambitBio



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Applications to join the Venture Builder Incubator programme have now closed.


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