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.

If you are working on your business idea and want to get investment ready, the Startup Summer Accelerator is just for you and has been described by previous participants as “the best programme in Edinburgh to accelerate your business from idea to reality”. Be inspired by local entrepreneurs and excited for investment opportunities. 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. Receive £3,000 in funding (when you attend the accelerator) so you can learn and work full-time on your business idea over the summer.  Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch for a larger cash prize at the end of the programme.

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.

Startup Summer case study
Elena Höge - founder of Yaldi Games - 2020 participant

Applications will open soon.

This programme is likely to return next academic year, with applications opening in January 2022. If you are interested in applying, sign-up to our newsletter and be one of the first to hear about this fantastic opportunity.

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  • At least one co-founder 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) on your business. You must attend all workshops and sessions (2-3 a week) most sessions will be held at 10am-12pm GMT
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working on a startup idea
  • Be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely


Each startup will be paid £1,000 per month (£3,000 in total) to attend the accelerator over the summer. While allowances will be made if you cannot make an online session, it is expected you fully engage and attend as many sessions as you can, to receive the funding. 


Startup Summer Accelerator 2022 will open for applications in the week commencing 24 January 2022. 


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
Startup Summer BioLiberty case study
Ross O’Hanlon and Rowan Armstrong founders of BioLiberty – 2020 participants