For students

Services available during COVID-19 pandemic

We have events, courses and other resources you can access any time, from anywhere.

Edinburgh Innovations and Covid-19 pandemic

In line with University of Edinburgh guidance, we have made changes to our events and activities. However, we are continuing to offer a full range of services to students – see below. 

Online resources 

A number of online, free resources from the University of Edinburgh and beyond have been collated in one place to help you develop your skills and ideas and find support for mental health and wellbeing. This includes courses on Learn and links to external organisations such as Google Garage, HubSpot Academy and more.

Go to online resources


Book a meeting with a business adviser

You can still 'meet' with a business adviser via phone or video call. 

Book now


Online events

  • Sustainable Enterprise Ideation Workshop

Wednesday 8 April, 3.30pm - 5pm, online 

We have amended our popular Find your Startup Idea workshop to be more pertinent to the current global situation. Join us for this short online session to brainstorm new opportunities on how you can help with a social enterprise idea. 

Book now 

  • Accounting Workshop - understanding your business finances 

Tuesday 21 April, 3pm - 5pm, online 

This two-hour online session will help you develop your business idea, adding in the detail, by completing a three-year financial forecast as part of your business planning task. The tools demonstrated and provided will help you to produce financials that you will be competent in presenting to funders. 

Book now


  • One Day Enterprise Workshop 

Saturday 30 May, 10am - 5pm, online 

Our one-day enterprise workshop has moved online. This workshop will help you define your business idea, understand basic business principles and work through the nine sectors of a business model canvas. 

Book now 



  • Business Ideas Competition 

Deadline 28 April, 9am

Do you have an idea you think could make money? Tell us about it and you could win part of £1,000! 

This is the perfect competition for early-stage projects at the 'idea' stage of development.

Find out more and enter now


  • Creative Business Ideas Competition 

Deadline 28 April, 9am

Do you have a creative idea you think could make money? Tell us about is and you could win part of £1,000!

For early-stage projects at the 'idea' stage of development. 

Find out more and apply now 


Startup Summer Accelerator 

Deadline 10 April 

Programme due to start in summer with online sessions.

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

Find out more


Enterprise Toolkit 

You can access a range of online courses and other resources any time, anywhere to help you start and develop your business or social enterprise. The Enterprise Toolkit provides access to courses on Learn and other resources to help you research your enterprise and validate your business idea. 

Go to the Enterprise Toolkit