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Strathclyde Entrepreneurial NetworkStart-up support

Get started on your entrepreneurial journey

Our Enterprise Team helps Strathclyde students, staff and alumni build their businesses. From idea validation through to investment, we're with you all the way.

How it works

Step 2: Opportunity progression

Once you've met with an advisor, we'll point you towards the support your business needs. We can offer:

  • advice from a business advisor
  • mentorship from an experienced member of our alumni network
  • access to the Strathclyders Into Business Fund
  • external funding and competition support
  • collaboration with other University departments on student projects
  • access to external partners and entrepreneurial peer support networks

Step 4: Investment

When you're ready, we can help your business prepare for and find the right investment. The Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF) is the University’s own investment fund which staff, students and alumni can access for their innovative ventures. Supporters of the University offer up capital for the creation, development and early stage growth of these businesses and returns are reinvested in the fund. 

More information

It's important to note that it's not possible to put a fixed timeframe on how long each step should take as every opportunity varies. After your opportunity has been assessed, a business advisor will inform you on next steps and an estimated timeframe which suits your progression. 

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Meet our entrepreneurs

Strathclyde spinout company secured funding with Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Investment Bank

CuanTec, the blue biotech company spun out from University of Strathclyde, have completed an investment round with Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Enterprise that will enable them to process at pilot production scale and finalise their formulations. 

Stock image of Shellfish for CuanTec announcement

Loch Electronics Pitched in Finals of KIC Climate Launchpad

SEN Client Loch Electronics has made it to the finals of the Climate Launchpad Pitch, in the Theme Awards section of Green City! This competition is the world's largest cleantech competition. The final pitches are now published on Youtube.

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SEN Company Cuantec wins 2 awards at 2019 Herald Pioneers awards

SEN Company Cuantec won the Research Business award 2019 and Startup award 2019, at the Herald Pioneers awards.

CuanTec's trophies from the Herald Pioneer Awards 2019

Strathclyde Represented at Made in Scotland Awards

Two SEN-supported companies won at the 2019 Made in Scotland Awards. Yanik Nyberg (Seawater Solutions) won Young Innovator of the Year and The Start-Up Drinks Lab took home the Food and Drink Company of the Year award. 

Strathclyde Start-Ups Shortlisted for Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Strathclyde graduates and SEN-supported companies Seawater Solutions (pictured) and WashR have both been shortlisted for the 2019 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards semi-final. The companies will be pitching at the semi-final event at the University of York at the end of June.