Support innovation and entrepreneurship

Our vision

Heriot-Watt is a creator of innovators and entrepreneurs, finding solutions to the modern-day challenges we face. Yet there are many barriers and challenges when trying to launch a new venture and without early stage funding and support, most innovators will not be able to realise their full potential. 

Our vision is to develop a fund to invest directly in student start-ups by providing funding and expertise to help bridge the gap to turn their ideas into a sustainable business.

How you can help

With your support we can help even more bright enterprising students transform societies and drive economies.

Your donations for students requiring early-stage funding can support:

  • digital innovation, robotic automation, and artificial intelligence that have the potential to revolutionise the future of work, boosting productivity across wider society
  • solutions that address climate change and help support net-zero and future sustainability outcomes
  • social enterprises that help to tackle homelessness, child poverty and inequality – major issues that impact society’s most vulnerable
  • medical technologies that deliver benefits related to health and wellbeing.

If you would like to make a gift, or discuss ways that you can support student innovators and entrepreneurs, please contact Andrew MacKinnon, Senior Development Executive a.mackinnon@hw.ac.uk, or visit our 'How to give' page.