cultivating entrepreneurship

accelerating enterprise

heriot-watt’s enterprise team offer mentoring and expert advice for start-ups and university spin-outs across a range of business-related activities including funding options, intellectual property, finance, sales and marketing support.

the enterprise team encourage the abundance of entrepreneurial talent amongst staff and students by arranging start-up surgeries and bootcamps which outline the necessary steps towards successful enterprise creation. for more information, contact

heriot-watt university is a key supporter of the converge challenge. the converge team, based in the grid at heriot-watt, help academics to realise their commercial value of their creative ideas by offering competition cash prizes, coaching, training and support that turns fledgling businesses into investor-ready opportunities.

funding support

the team offer expert advice on an exhaustive list of funding bodies available to help raise investment, including updates to the latest regulations.

for an overview of funding opportunities available, visit the following websites or contact the enterprise team to determine which funding scheme is fit for purpose.

an incubator of ideas

heriot-watt’s world-class facilities serve as an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs to cultivate fragile business ideas in a collaborative environment. 

heriot-watt university operate the biggest international business school in scotland, based on student numbers, and offers a number of creative spaces to support early businesses. 

start-ups co-locate to the edinburgh business school or the grid at heriot-watt where they can connect directly to the enterprise team and work in a collaborative environment.