Strathclyde Inspire supports and encourages entrepreneurship in all its forms, so whether you want to explore your entrepreneurial potential, have an idea for a business, or are considering commercialising your research, we will support you at every stage of your journey.
The University of Strathclyde started life as a place of useful learning, an institution that wanted to make a difference; this founding mission has never been more relevant.
Today, we continue to nurture generations of influencers, innovators and industry leaders, empowering our staff, students and alumni to embrace entrepreneurship, transforming their own lives and the lives of others.Join the Strathclyde Inspire community
Realise your potential with our Start Up, Intellectual Property and Commercialisation support.
Accelerate your opportunity with our investor-ready Accelerator for pre-seed start-ups and spin-outs.
Grow your venture with our early-stage investment and scale-up support designed for ambitious founders.
Strathclyde Inspire embodies our entrepreneurial spirit and will help our students and staff realise their creativity and ambition, empowering them to make an impact on the world around them.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Our inspiring people
IP & Commercialisation Manager
"I built my resilience and enhanced my strengths in commercial awareness and creative thinking. I embraced entrepreneurship experiences outside of my degree and enhanced both my personal and professional skills, transforming the career opportunities available to me."
MSc Pharmacy (2018)
"My degree may have been Pharmacy, but the practical entrepreneurship experiences I embraced as a Strathclyde student developed skills that have continued to benefit me today. It ignited a fire in me and transformed the way I look at the world. That skill isn’t something that can be taught, it needs to be experienced."
Dr Steven Ford
"I try to embrace entrepreneurship as an approach to the way I teach and design modules and classes. If utilised in the right context, I think this approach can not only transform the way you teach, but also the student experience."
Dr Rothwell Tate
Founder Ultrafast Technologies
"I know that the technology I have created could transform lives in the future – who wouldn’t want to work towards making that a reality? The difficulty is going for it. You just have to embrace the challenge - make the most of all of the resources at Strathclyde. Surround yourself with people who share in your vision and commitment and bring the range of skills you will need."
Founder of White Rabbit Skincare
"It’s all about embracing your connections and utilising them to build your network. Thanks to my links with Strathclyde, I have transformed my business with the help of practical workshops, opportunities to pitch my business and access to mentors and funding."
CEO and Founder of NeuroVLC
"If you are interested in opportunities beyond working in academia or industry, I would highly recommend embracing entrepreneurship. I gained the confidence in commercialising my own research which will now aim to transform the lives of those with brain-related health conditions and diseases."
Founder of Craft Prospect
"Starting out, I lacked the language to explain my vision in business terms, and the team at Strathclyde helped me embrace new ways of thinking to translate technical concepts into the language of enterprise, and thus transforming me from an engineer to a managing director.”
Founder of Pick Protection
"Strathclyde encouraged me to embrace my ideas and helped get my business off the ground. I was provided with free office space, access to a network of people and support in getting investor ready; transforming myself and my business in order to succeed in raising finance."
Founder of Recoil Kneepads
"Embrace the opportunities that Strathclyde has to offer, surround yourself with good people and always go with your gut instinct. No one knows your business better than you – trust yourself and you can transform the way you do business."
Professor Colin Suckling
Research Professor of Chemistry
"It’s important to understand that in order to transform the lives of others through licencing IP, inventors need to embrace the opportunities that the University has to offer, just as much as the University needs its inventors to create opportunities."
“As an engineer, I focus on details and often spend too much time trying to make sure everything is perfect. However, in business and entrepreneurship, things can change quickly. It is important to be reactive and adaptable."
Dr Kieren Egan
“There is no set course for entrepreneurial experience - progress is unlikely to be linear. It’s common that you’ll have setbacks and feedback you don’t expect. For me, an important approach has been to take these opportunities for growth, not just for the company, but also for me professionally."
“For me, it’s all about having a clear understanding of the mission and ensuring it is one that you’re passionate about. If you know what you’re striving to achieve, this will guide your decision-making and allow you to break it down into manageable tasks"
Professor Weijia Yuan & Professor Min Zhang
“If you think you have an idea which can change things, get in touch with Strathclyde Inspire before making any publications. Commercialisation is not an easy journey, but it is rewarding, not just from a royalty income or academic standpoint, but also from a personal achievement point. Do it when you are young and do it wholeheartedly”.
Charles Huang Foundation:
A transformational gift
In September 2021, the University received £50 million from alumnus and global business leader Dr Charles Huang from his philanthropic foundation.
The gift is the largest Strathclyde has ever received – and is set to transform the lives of students and the global communities we serve.
Read more about the four areas the gift will support.Charles Huang Foundation
The recent bi-annual Inspire100 event saw six Strathclyder-led companies pitch their businesses investment proposals to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors and experts from Scotland's entrepreneurial community. Claymore Surgical, Surfteic and Happy Leaf were announced as winners, sharing a prize pot of £17,500 of funding. Winners of the Stephen Young Awards for Outstanding Business Idea Research Paper were also announced.
Seventeen enterprises led by students, staff and alumni of the University of Strathclyde have been chosen to receive support from Converge – more than any other institution! The chosen firms will receive help to turn their ideas for products and services into reality through a series of entrepreneurial training and business masterclasses.
The most recent cohort of the University’s flagship entrepreneurial training programme came to a close at the finale event, which saw three teams pitch their idea. Audience members were able to vote for their favourite using virtual remotes and decided on GreenScore as the winner, receiving the top prize of £2.5k. Runner-Up team AeroClean took home £1k, while members of third place team, ReLith, each received a £50 voucher.
The University of Strathclyde spin-out ENOUGH appeared in Sifted’s ‘15 fastest-growing university spin-outs in Europe’ list. The company is developing a nutritious protein made from naturally occurring fungus which can be made into alternative meat products.