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Since forming our first spin-out in 1971, we have helped to grow a number of £multi-million businesses that capitalise on our research excellence to provide innovative products, processes, services and technologies. We have 35 active spin-out companies, with more in the pipeline, and are 4th in Scotland for company creation.

In the pan-Scotland company creation programme, Converge Challenge, Microsense Technologies was the joint winner in 2016, HeadSpace Design won the Entrpreneurial Spirit Award in 2017 and in 2018 Kenoteq won the Design & Creativity Award with HiRes Solutions picking up the Kickstart Award.

Read more about the impact our spin-outs are having.

Start-up surgeries and bootcamps

Our Enterprise team offers one-to-one advice on spin-out and start-up formation. Open to Heriot-Watt staff and students considering starting a business, our surgeries and bootcamps give advice on a wide range of business-related aspects including intellectual property, funding and finance, marketing and sales. For more information contact Natasha Lobley.

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