Strathclyde InspireTrack record

Strathclyde Inspire will drive transformational change in our support for innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation. We launch this next phase of activity from a position of strength. 

  • 1978

    Creation of first University spin-out IBH, which is still trading today

  • 1986

    Patent filed for anti-cancer therapeutic drug Leucovorin

  • 1990

    Launch of Strathclyde University Incubator

  • 1992

    Launch of Microlase Optical Systems – turnover now £50M+

  • 1994

    Launch of Integrated Environmental Solutions – now largest spin-out employer

  • 1998

    Launch of RSE Enterprise Fellowship Programme, Strathclyde has to date hosted 35 such Fellows; licensed Propess, a hydrogel cervical ripening product, to BTG

  • 2000

    Hunter Foundation endowment funds Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • 2003

    Launch of Cascade Technologies, Strathclyde’s first major student spin-out
  • 2005

    Launch of Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network – which has now helped support the creation of over 220 start-ups
  • 2006

    Spin-out Diagnostic Monitoring Systems wins Queens Award for Enterprise
  • 2012

    Launch of Commercial Investment Policy, the first major investment by the University received by Smarter Grid Solutions

  • 2013

    Opening of first Enterprise Hub on campus; the founder of Synaptec is awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship & the University is named Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year

  • 2014

    Sale of Cascade Technologies – largest exit achieved by a Strathclyde spin-out

  • 2015

    Launch of Growth Advantage Programme (GAP); for third year in a row a Strathclyde student entrepreneur wins an award at Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

  • 2016

    Launch of Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund and sale of spin-out mLED

  • 2017

    Strathclyde start-ups named in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list for Retail & Ecommerce

  • 2018

    Strathclyde alumnus and co-founder of MindMate recognised as “one to watch” in Forbes 30 under 30 European Social Entrepreneurs list
  • 2019

    Strathclyde start-up Drinkly (now Shoply) named in Forbes top five early-stage Scottish start-ups to watch; Strathclyder-led businesses win £1.2M of funding from ScottishEDGE over a 3-years; the University of Strathclyde was Awarded Small Business Charter Award
  • 2020

    Strathclyde investments into companies exceed £5M; more than 60 spin-outs formed; 10 Strathclyder-led businesses shortlisted in the BusinessCloud’s Scotland Tech 50
  • November 2020

    Launch of Strathclyde Inspire