For students

Funding your startup

Taking a business idea from concept to launch will require funding – explore some of the options below for early stage funding, including grants, competition and angel investment.

Learn more about Grants and Competitions organised by Edinburgh Innovations and partners. 

'Getting Your Startup Investor Ready' is a short and practical guide designed to provide you with a general understanding of the funding options available to you and some of the key aspects to consider as you build your startup.  


Finance for Young Companies is a guide that describes a range of financing options available to young companies in Scotland. It explains some of the criteria and restrictions and gives advice on what sort of finance is appropriate for different types of companies at different stages of their journey.

Angel investors make use of their personal disposable finance to help startup companies with growth potential take their first steps. Learn more about angel investment on the website of LINC Scotland, the Scottish Angel Capital Association.