For students

Startup Summer Accelerator 

This 12-week intensive learning and leadership programme is designed to get student businesses, with high growth potential, investment ready.

*In line with University of Edinburgh guidance, we are making changes to our events, as the Covid-19 situation continues to develop. We have decided to continue running our Startup Summer Accelerator programme. The sessions, originally planned face-to-face, will now be held online. 

We have teamed up with Santander Universities to bring you the Startup Summer Accelerator. This 12-week, online programme will help any early-stage and potential startups increase their chances of launching.

Receive £3,000 in funding so you can learn and work full-time on your business or social enterprise idea over the summer. 

Develop your skills and learn everything you need to know to become a successful entrepreneur. With regular workshops and weekly meetings you’ll learn market validation, product development, finances, pitching and digital marketing skills. With additional, optional workshops to suit you and your startup idea.

The cohort will also receive expert mentorship and coaching, peer to peer sessions, and gain industry insight through weekly events featuring top entrepreneurs and investors from Edinburgh’s startup community.

Applications opening in January 2021!

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  • You must be a current student from the University of Edinburgh or have graduated in the last two years
  • You must be able to dedicate at least 40 hours a week (remote working) 
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working on a startup idea
  • Be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely


The Summer Accelerator has allowed me to take my company from an idea stage to a fully functioning product, ready to launch.

2019 participant 

My business went from having a semi-broken prototype to an almost releasable MVP in the space of the accelerator. The ability to focus on my startup full-time was incredibly valuable.

2019 participant 

It’s a great opportunity to share with like-minded people and build long-lasting relationships.

2019 participant