For staff


An entrepreneurial toolkit allowing staff to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.


Use the University of Edinburgh’s e-learning platform, Learn, to access a range of different courses. Follow instructions to get password to self-enrol on the course. If you are new to the subjects we recommend you work through these in the below order.

  1. Kickstarting your business
  2. Thinking lean
  3. Customer discovery and validation
  4. Pitch it

Other courses also available include:

  • Directors’ duties
  • Financial compliance
  • Legal structures
  • Understanding your business finance
  • Startup case studies

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PitchBook is an online financial database platform covering private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A activity. It is the leading market research platform and financial data provider for private capital markets, offering insights on deals, investors, venture-backed companies and technology trends. This online platform will support University of Edinburgh students and staff with innovation creation, growth and investment.

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Startup Community Platform

Our Startup Community Platform gives you an opportunity to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs. You can joint new ventures or find team members for your startup or spinout. You will get access to useful entrepreneurial resources as well as the latest events and funding opportunities that will help you to develop your skills and grow your business. 

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Research your enterprise sector

Quickly find comprehensive information on business sectors and business opportunities. Find everything from what qualifications and skills you would need to relevant legislation and key market trends.

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Validate your entrepreneurial idea

Validate allows you to complete a business model canvas with the help of guiding questions at your own pace. This helps you map out and develop your entrepreneurial idea and export it as a portfolio. Results can be easily shared during your one-to-one adviser meeting or with your business partners. Your adviser can keep track of your progress to provide further support and advice.  

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