Victoria Hamilton, graduate from Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management

Alumni Campaign for Strathclyde: Enterprise

Advancing Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

Strathclyde's history includes many extraordinary people whose inventions continue to have an impact today.

Entrepreneurship remains a key component of the University’s mission as a leading international technological institution. Jobs and wealth creation are central to creating and maintaining prosperous societies and communities, and the socio-economic impact of entrepreneurs and the role they play in this process is vital.

Times Higher Education UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year winner

In recognition of the University’s great work, Strathclyde was named ‘UK University of the Year’ and UK `Entrepreneurial University of the Year` at the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) awards - high accolades in academia.

The University's new Technology & Innovation Centre opened in 2015, it is our 'ideas factory', and epitomises our vision for the way academics, business, industry and the public sector work together.

Strathclyde is consistently in the top 10 among UK universities for start-up companies and spin-outs and a key component of our strategy for innovation is to support start-ups, spin outs and innovative SMEs.

 

The Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF)

Access to finance remains a critical issue for early stage companies.  The SEF is a vital financial resource enabling supporters of the University to offer up capital for the creation, development and early stage growth of innovative ventures from University staff, students and alumni.

All donated capital is deployed on a fully commercial basis and returns re-invested into the fund.

 

Enterprise Solutions 

Funded by a major philanthropic gift from one of our leading US alumni, Enterprise Solutions is a key element of the University's enterpise ecosystem.  It is a cross-faculty and multi-disciplinary initiative , bringing together the skills if a wide range of Strathclyde students to apply their knowledge to soolve challenges in real life projects and, in turn, impact positively on local communities.  Enterprise Solutions has developed 3 effective delivery channels:

  • Business Clinic engagement - based on a proven student-led clinic model at Strathclyde, multi-disciplinary student teams working with small and new businesses
  • Product Design Projects - undergraduate Product Design Engineers collaborating with a consortium of companies to develop a pop up tennis court to widen access to the sport for the local community
  • Marketing Consultancy Group - working in conjunction with "Marketing Works" a programme for Strathclyde's postgraduate marketing students to undertake consultancy projects

Enterprise Solutions has supported organisations such as:

CoderDojo - rolling out and growth of computer coding classes for 7-17 age group
Swamp Creative - creative design agency growing their business
This is Milk - specialist in digital strategy and delivery, helping businesses compete on-line

Case study: Studio 2080

Studio 2080 is empowering communities in West African through its Power a Life product. It focuses on the supply of portable electricity and lighting to children in African schools and 'MicroDrip', an agriculture irrigation project using low-cost, efficient watering systems to tackle the issue of crop growth in areas with little available water.

Find out more about Studio 2080.

Pick Protection

A wearable personal alarm that sends the Police to your exact location, alerts your pre-determined phone contacts and via a recording gathers evidence to assist the Police in any subsequent investigation.  The alarm works with a smartphone app and connects to the Alarm Receiving Centre with highly trained operators who assess the situation and act accordingly.  The alarm is available for individuals and for companies who have a duty of care to lone or at-risk workers - with increasingly stringent Health and Safety legislation this is a major growth market.