The University of Edinburgh provides enterprising staff and students with outstanding opportunities to start their own businesses. There are a broad range of support services aimed at helping Edinburgh students and staff to develop the next big start-up. The University of Edinburgh consistently supports more than 30 new ventures each year. LAUNCH.ed, is the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning service for student entrepreneurs, they work with students every day to help them explore their ideas, find funding and business partners, and ultimately, to work for themselves and employ others. Their services are free, confidential, and available to any Edinburgh student for the duration of their studies, as well as alumni up to two years after graduation.
The University of Edinburgh’s Business School also plays host to one of Scotland’s most active business networking clubs. The Entrepreneurship Club hosts free networking events nearly every week which feature an entrepreneurial speaker followed by a wine reception and networking. Informatics Ventures, based at the School of Informatics, runs education events, networking sessions and investor conferences. Since 2014 The University of Edinburgh has led on the Enteprise Campus project in collaboration with the University of of Aberdeen and Strathclyde to provide services for postgraduate students at any Scottish University.