The University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.

We benefit society and the economy by helping researchers, students and industry drive innovation. We seek opportunities, we build partnerships for mutual benefit, we make the journey easy, and we add value at every stage.


Edinburgh Innovations supports you, as a University staff member, to work in partnership with industry for mutual benefit, and to commercialise your research and ideas.

We can help you make the right connections and identify new opportunities to boost the impact of your work, putting you in touch with trusted partners and sources of funding.

To contact EI and discuss any issues relating to research, commercialisation, company formation and consultancy, view our EI staff directory.

Inspire Launch Grow

An annual celebration of enterprise at the University of Edinburgh.

The prestigious Inspire Launch Grow awards reflect the service Edinburgh Innovations provide to staff, students and recent graduates throughout their entrepreneurial journey. We support you from the beginning, with or without an idea, we encourage that first innovative spark and help you sustain it. Our events, workshops, competitions and 1-2-1 meetings with a business adviser can help you startup or spinout and then develop further so you thrive.

More than a competition, Inspire Launch Grow is one route to this unique and dedicated service at the University of Edinburgh. The award has a total prize fund of £20,000 with a top prize of £5,000. Winners will be able to use the prize money flexibly to support their idea, research or studies. It’s entirely up to you!

Consultancy and Business Services

Edinburgh Innovations provides comprehensive support services to University staff who wish to undertake consultancy work.

Enterprise Development

Edinburgh Innovations encourages entrepreneurship among University staff, providing expertise and practical support at every step.

Technology Transfer

Edinburgh Innovations supports staff throughout the process of identifying and protecting your intellectual property and ensuring a successful translation to market.

Programmes and awards

Edinburgh Innovations supports staff through the organisation of various programmes and awards throughout the year.


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