For students

How to startup

Find a range of courses and materials to help you start up your business.

These courses cover the steps you need to take to successfully startup your business or social enterprise. Including create your business canvas model, tips on marketing and sales and how to pitch. Some of these elements are covered at our in-person events or it may be suggested by a business adviser.

Finding your business idea

Are you eager to start a business or social enterprise but still in search of that perfect business idea? Discover valuable resources and guidance below to spark your inspiration and help you identify your next big venture.

Validating your business idea

Found a business idea but want to ensure it's worth pursuing? Validating your idea is a crucial step in the entrepreneurial journey. Explore these resources to assess the viability of your concept below.

Developing your Business Blueprint

Building a successful business or social venture may seem complex, but with the right tools and guidance, you can break down your business idea into manageable steps. Explore these valuable resources to create a blueprint for your venture using the Business Model Canvas.

Building your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) refers to a development strategy in which a new product or software is created with the minimum set of features and functionality required to satisfy early adopters and gather feedback. The goal of an MVP is to release a basic version of the product as quickly as possible to test its viability in the market, learn from user feedback, and then iterate and improve upon it.

Marketing and sales

Getting your product or service to market is essential for any business, and to assist you in achieving this, you'll require an effective marketing and sales plan. Utilise these resources to begin your journey.

Pitching your idea

Getting your business idea across to potential funders, co-founders, customers and other key stakeholders is a fundamental skill that all entrepreneurs need to master. Use these resources to hone your pitching skills.

Exploring social enterprise

Keen to make a social or environmental impact through business? Use these resources to find out more about social enterprise business models.


This platform will support all staff and students from the University of Edinburgh with growth and investment.

Google Cloud Startup Program

Supercharge your growth with the startup program