Supporting New Ventures

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Drawing on the expertise of our global alumni community and extensive industry links, Strathclyde has a reputation for providing entrepreneurs emerging from our student, alumni and research communities with a unique package of support. We are here to help turn your ideas into successful companies.


Strathclyde Students and Alumni

Do you need help with a business idea or an early stage business? The Enterprise Team's Enterprise Advisers are here to take your idea or business to the next stage. Register your details and the Enterprise Team will arrange an initial meeting with an adviser. General enquiries can also be made by email or phone 0141 548 2775.

Strathclyde Academics and Researchers

The Commercial Team supports opportunities progressing towards a commercial outcome in accordance with the University's Investment and Commercial Policy and Process. The team provides a range of services to help academic and research staff turn their idea into a strong commercial proposition, from discussing early stage ideas through to licensing or the formation of spinout companies.

Simply contact Fiona Strang - 0141 548 2517 or Catherine Breslin - 0141 548 4860 for more details. 

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The Strathclyde University Incubator

Scotland's first business incubator, the Strathclyde University Incubator is designed to support start-ups through the difficult early stages of growth.

The Enterprise Hub

The University’s Enterprise Hub is a welcoming space on campus where Strathclyders interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship can get together and take advantage of some fantastic services and facilities including hot-desking. 


Funding Opportunities

The University has recently adopted a new Commercialisation Investment approach which will ensure a driven approach to commercialisation.

The Strathclyders Into Business Fund

The Strathclyders into Business (SIB) Fund provides essential start-up support to early stage student and alumni businesses.

The Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund

The Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund will enable University benefactors to support new ventures created by University staff, students and alumni. Contact for more details. 

Did You Know

Proof of Concept Funding supports the pre-commercialisation of leading-edge technologies emerging from Universities. Strathclyde has received more Proof of Concept awards than any other Scottish university.

For more opportunities see the Competitions section.

Support Programmes

The Rising Star Programme 

Student and alumni entrepreneurs who stand out from the crowd can access a unique package of support through our Rising Star programme.

The RSE Fellowship

The Enterprise Fellowship programme operates across Scotland with the aim of assisting individuals to develop their entrepreneurial skills as they take forward a new business venture. If you are a member of university staff interested in Enterprise Fellowships, please see here for more details.


Enterprise Partners

Enterprise Partners are experienced entrepreneurial Strathclyde alumni who support emerging Strathclyde entrepreneurs. 

Strathclyde 100

Strathclyde 100 is a network of entrepreneurial alumni and business people who, through a series of events, support emerging Strathclyde entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and businesses pitch their ideas to the audience with a view to securing help with specific asks.

Advisory Panels

Commercialisation Advisory Panels factor the industry and market knowledge of several friendly industry experts into our commercialisation opportunities from the earliest stage.


The University supports a number of competitions open to students, alumni and staff looking to launch or progress business ideas.



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