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Accelerate your journey

Our initiatives are tailored to the different requirements of early-stage companies associated with the University.

Our initatives

Our pre-seed investment initiative invests £20,000-50,000 in startups at the earliest stages, to help founders explore, experiment and build traction.

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Our co-investment fund provides seed-series A investment to high growth businesses; backing ambitious founders and technology to make a positive impact at scale.

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We manage the equity in the University’s founding shareholdings, in spinouts and other equity positions.

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We support initiatives that bridge commercialisation, translational and ecosystem funding gaps.

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All OCC initiatives exclusively support companies associated with the University of Edinburgh:


A company in which the University owns founding shares in return for the exclusive license of intellectual property (IP), support services, and/or other assets transferred to the company.


A company formed by a University of Edinburgh student or staff member, who is actively engaged with the University. Any related IP will be owned by the founder (not the University) and transferred to the company.


A company that has approached the University for collaboration, where a University student or staff member is actively involved in the development of the company’s technology or IP. Please note, OCC can only consider spin-in opportunities subject to capacity.

If you'd like to receive more information about our initiatives and eligibility criteria, please contact our team

Our portfolio

OCC has a diverse portfolio of over 80 disruptive companies, developing cutting edge technology to deliver high impact ideas.