ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

The Enterprise Development team is here to encourage entrepreneurship among University staff. We have supported the formation of more than 400 companies over the past decade.

SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSITY STAFF

We have the expertise and experience to provide practical support at every stage of setting up a company.

We help you understand the commercial potential of your idea, offer practical and confidential advice and help find the funding and facilities that your business may need.

FORMING A COMPANY

It is important to engage at an early stage of the commercialisation process to help validate the opportunity. The Enterprise Development team can offer individual guidance and advice on the company formation process.

We can help develop plans to fully commercialise the intellectual property involved in your startup or spinout proposition. Once the plan is established we will also support you to gain the necessary University approval. We will make the transition from research to commercial enterprise as easy as possible.

ENTERPRISE FUNDING

The Enterprise Development team is dedicated to sourcing early stage capital to support Edinburgh’s pipeline of technology-based projects. This funding is critical in the early stages of project development, and delivers significant benefits to the local economy.

We are committed to providing access to various funds, schemes, programmes and grants depending on the stage of your idea, research or business. Support schemes for Edinburgh’s staff entrepreneurs include the Scottish Enterprise High Growth Spin-out Programme, Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships, SMART Scotland, Scottish Edge and many others. The University also has its own growth investment fund, Old College Capital.

MENTORING AND ACCESS TO EXPERTS

MENTORS AND EXECUTIVE DESIGNATES

Our network gives you access to experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts who can advise and support the University’s brightest projects. From providing guidance and direction through to hands-on practical support the role of these advisers is invaluable.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Where required, we can help find the right people for your company’s board and provide contacts that can help you with shareholder agreements, human resources advice and other personnel matters.

BUSINESS SURGERIES

We host regular surgeries with a range of professionals from legal and accountancy firms to provide advice on incorporation of a company, shareholder and partnership agreements, IP protection, branding and trademarks as well as general employment and accountancy practices.

INSPIRE LAUNCH GROW COMPETITION

Our annual Inspire Launch Grow competition and awards ceremony celebrates enterprise at the University of Edinburgh.

INCUBATION CENTRES

There are a number of dedicated incubation centres in and around the University’s campuses.

Edinburgh Innovations can provide high-spec office accommodation to your spinout or startup company offering:

  • Flexible, low-cost accommodation
  • Focused and progressive business development services, matching your needs as you grow
  • High-quality data and telecoms provision at no extra charge
  • Access to common facilities such as meeting rooms and kitchen areas

Offices are based at the Alrick Building, on the King’s Buildings campus, and in the Appleton Tower in the Central Area campus. We also offer virtual office facilities and access to specialist equipment.

CASE STUDIES

Particle Analytics

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A new software platform offers a step change in modelling the behaviour of granular materials – sand, rocks and chemical products.

PureLiFi

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Li-Fi uses standard LED lighting to transmit data, offering advantages over conventional Wi-Fi.

eoSurgical

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Two PhD students set up an award-winning company that makes surgical simulator tools to help surgeons improve their skills.

Speech Graphics

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Two informatics entrepreneurs created a leading audio-driven facial animation solution for speech in gaming and other applications.

DestiNAGenomics

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A spinout delivers enzyme-free DNA and RNA analysis for faster identification of infections and improved tests for cancers.

Sensewhere

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A leader in hyper-local, indoor positioning without the need for GPS has applications ranging from retail to airports.

SkoogMusic

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A spinout company has created a new musical instrument that gives severely disabled children the chance to express themselves.

Blackford Analysis

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First developed for astronomy research, a big data algorithm is finding uses in sectors ranging from medical to seismic surveillance.
CONTACT US

1-7 Roxburgh Street

Edinburgh EH8 9TA

0131 650 9090

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