At Queen Margaret University, we are keen to encourage current students, recent graduates and alumni to develop as entrepreneurs. We support innovation and enterprise and offer a range of pathways to connect our staff, students and alumni to the community through enterprise start-up activities, business support and social innovation.

QMU is proud of its research and innovation interactions with external partners that enhance the student experience by nurturing collaboration in economic sectors of prime relevance to teaching and future graduate careers.  Enterprise and employability is a fundamental component of academic provision at all levels. 

We work to maximise opportunities to embed research and innovation within the curricula and develop channels for student input into research and innovation activities by ensuring that teaching is delivered by knowledgeable academics, aspiring to international research reputations, creating curricula that showcase and reflect our critical and applied research and practitioner expertise.

Our Business Innovation Zone provides a focus for our enterprise creation activities as we continue to champion entrepreneurship and enterprise by implementing a  programme of activity which will bring about a step-change in the entrepreneurial culture within QMU. We continue to develop incubation services for the creation of graduate start-ups and support for innovation in local companies, recognising the increasing role of the University as a catalyst for regional innovation led economic growth.

Examples of our Graduate Start-Ups can be found in the case studies at the bottom of this page.

What is the Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) ?

The Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) provides business incubation space for our start up companies and easy access to the services of the on campus Business Gateway.

Our offering includes:

Who can use the service?

The BIZ is open to any current student or graduate of the University in all disciplines and we also welcome interest from our alumni. If you have an idea for a business or social enterprise, please get in touch. We can help you to access the funding, advice and guidance that should make those first steps that little bit easier.

Where is it located?

The Business Innovation Zone is located within the University’s main academic building and can be found on Level 1 - in the glass room overlooking the 1875 restaurant.  Business Gateway, East Lothian, are also located in this space.

Entrepreneurship Support

Business Innovation Zone and Entrepreneurship enquiries please get in touch.

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Entrepreneurship Support

Vivian Rutherford Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer
0131 474 0000

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