We work closely with a wide  range of external organisations who actively engage and support our programme of entrepreneurial of activities.  Together we promote  entrepreneurship opportunities, competitions and funding opportunities which are aimed at helping our young entrepreneurs to develop their skills and grow their businesses.

Merchant Company of Edinburgh

QMU are delighted to have an exclusive  partnership with Edinburgh Merchant Company who have a  fund to encourage entrepreneurship and business start-up coupled with education, encouragement and mentoring support from their members. Over the last year the fund has supported 7 businesses including fodilicious, S'Wheat, Health Design Collective and Echo Park Studios whose products range from ready meals for people with IBS and  a biodegradable water bottle,  to a drum tuition app and a social enterprise developing a range of health care products 

The fund opens twice a year and provides 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, KickStart, Impact and Creative. These are open to all staff and students at any Scottish University or Scottish Research Institution, and graduates up to 24 months after graduation from the initial application date 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.

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

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Miriam Smith Business Development Manager
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QMU graduate wins in Scottish EDGE competition

Queen Margaret University (QMU) graduate and businesswoman, Lauren Leisk, has been awarded a stagger read more

14 June 2019

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