35 Graduate Start-Ups created in our Business Innovation Zone.

 In  " Scotland Can Do: Becoming a World- leading Entrepreneurial and Innovative Nation" the Scottish Government set out an ambition for Scotland to become a world-leading entrepreneurial nation. Realising such an ambition will largely depend on equipping Scotland's young people with the mind-set and skills to fuel and realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. . 

At QMU enterprise and employability is a fundamental component of academic provision at all levels and 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.

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 free start up advice (through the services of our on campus Business Gateway) and business support to students and graduates of the University who have an idea and may be interested in starting  a company.

Our offering includes:

  • One-to-one appointments with a business advisor, through the Business Gateway
  • Workshops, bootcamps and entrepreneurial competitions eg Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Sporting Chance and Converge Challenge.
  • Desk space
  • QMU business address
  • Meeting facilities within the BIZ space
  • Access to ad-hoc rehearsal space and editing facilities.
  • Profile for your company on our website

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 at QMU

Entrepreneurship Support

Business Innovation Zone and Entrepreneurship enquiries please get in touch.

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Entrepreneurship Support

Miriam Smith Business Development Manager
0131 474 0000
07872 128 688
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EntreprenHER with Prue Leith at QMU

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Runners up in Converge Challenge Social Enterprise Category

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21 September 2018

Finalists in in Converge Challenge

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