Launch your startup
Develop your startup with events, competitions and expert advice and support.
We can help boost your startup or develop your idea with our exciting events, competitions and programmes, designed to help you grow.
Join our thriving entrepreneurial community, meet like-minded peers, find co-founders and build your team. You can also meet with a friendly business adviser for tailored one-on-one advice and receive funding support.
Our service is completely free and you own 100% of your IP.
Startup Summer Accelerator
Get investment ready with this 12-week intensive learning and leadership programme. This Edinburgh Earth Initiative sponsored programme offers expert mentorship and coaching, peer to peer sessions and £3,000 in funding. Limited spaces available. For all students and alumni from the University of Edinburgh. Deadline Now Closed
Inspire Launch Grow Awards
Our biggest competition, Inspire Launch Grow is our annual celebration of entrepreneurship at the University of Edinburgh. Be in with a chance of winning a share of £20,000 plus the choice of either a photography package or a professional pitch deck. For all students and alumni from the University of Edinburgh. Now closed.
Moving Mountains Award
Share your inspiring story to be in with a chance of winning a share of £500. Tell us about how your startup creates an inclusive and fulfulling work environment or how creativity has helped you. For all students and alumni from the University of Edinburgh. Now closed.
Not ready for the above opportunities? Then try...
You have a startup idea, what now?
Come along to this event with your startup idea - no matter how early and we'll help get your idea into shape. We'll cover the Lean Canvas, value proposition customer discovery, public speaking and validation. For all students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh. Multiple dates available.
Build, develop, grow
Develop your startup idea further and learn more about making a prototype, an MVP, pitching, building a team and setting SMART goals. For all students and recent alumni from the University of Edinburgh. Multiple dates available.
Enter your early-stage idea into our Business Ideas Competition and you could win a share of £500. All you have to do is describe your idea, tell us what makes it special, what stage you're at and who are the potential customers. It's that simple. Next deadline midnight on Friday 10th March.
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