Cultivating entrepreneurship

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Accelerating enterprise

Heriot-Watt's enterprise team offer expert advice for start-ups and University spin-outs across a range of business-related activities including funding options, intellectual property, finance, sales and marketing support.

The team encourages entrepreneurial talent amongst staff and students with start-up surgeries and boot camps on successful enterprise creation. For more information, contact

The University is a key supporter of Converge Challenge. The Converge team, based in GRID, helps staff, students and graduates realise the commercial value of their creative ideas turning fledgling businesses into investor-ready opportunities.

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Social Enterprise

Heriot Watt and Social Shifters - Our Time for Change

Do you want to make change in the world? Perhaps you have a great idea that solves a social or environmental problem, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to create change, but don’t have an outlet?

We’re partnering with Social Shifters  - empowering you to explore, start, and grow your ideas. Gain access to specialist digital learning resources, webinars, and for those ready to take the next steps, you can book a one-to-one personal consultation with the Enterprise team.

Our time for change is now. To find out how you can be part of it, visit the Social Shifters website.

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An Incubator of Ideas

Heriot-Watt’s world-class facilities serve as an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs to cultivate fragile business ideas in a collaborative environment. 

Heriot-Watt University operate the biggest international business school in Scotland, based on student numbers, and offers a number of creative spaces to support early businesses. 

Start-ups co-locate to the Edinburgh Business School or the GRID at Heriot-Watt where they can connect directly to the enterprise team and work in a collaborative environment.