The Business Innovation Zone (BIZ)  at QMU is thriving with  35 start-up businesses ranging from Theatre & Film Production to Consultancy and Food and Drink.

The university actively encourages and promotes entrepreneurship activities across our institution. We  have a dedicated team of Academic Champions who provide invaluable support to our BIZ tenants. They have been nominated from a range of disciplines across the institution and their role is to encourage our students and graduates to take part in entrepreneurship workshops, events and competitions, and to identify potential student/graduate start-up businesses for the Business Innovation Zone


We also work closely with the external organisations below to encourage and promote  entrepreneurship opportunities, competitions and funding  to our current students, staff and alumni

Merchant Company of Edinburgh

QMU are delighted to be partnering with Edinburgh Merchant Company who have recently launched an Entrepreneurship fund to encourage entrepreneurship and business start-up. The fund, which will open twice a year, will provide grants of between £500- £5000 to successful candidates .

Converge Challenge

Converge Challenge is Scotland's largest entrepreneurial training programme and competition, with a total cash fund of over £160,000. There are 3 categories in Converge Challenge,Converge Challenge KickStart Social Enterprise. These are open to all staff and students at any Scottish University or Scottish Research Institution, and graduates up to 12 months after graduation if supported by a University. 

Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Fresh Ideas runs from October to January, and each month participants have the chance to win a cash prize to turn your idea into a business venture. The process is designed to help participants develop their business skills, and show them how to turn their idea into a successful new business. I'm an Innovator runs from February to April each year and is looking for early stage business ideas

Scottish Edge

Scottish Edge is aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs. There are 3 categories, ScotEdge, Wild Card Edge and Young Edge. If you have an innovative high growth potential business then you can win up to £100,00 in the main competition and up to £15,000 in each of the other 2 categories.





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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