We are looking for entrepreneurs and future innovators who want to make a real-world impact

Our Offering

Our programmes are designed to drive entrepreneurship among staff and students at the University by supporting them to develop their business ideas, build their skills and secure funding.

We are also looking for opportunities to collaborate with start-ups, corporates, investors, mentors and funders.

Discover which opportunity is the right one to help you connect your ideas to the world!

Programmes & Activities

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All programmes

The University of Edinburgh AI Accelerator

Delivered by the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading innovation hub, the Bayes Centre, the AI Accelerator gives data driven scaleups the opportunity to harness the power of AI and bring about transformative change. From AgriTech to FinTech, AI technology can bring efficiencies, create new propositions and disrupt markets. It can help save lives and the planet.

The University of Edinburgh Venture Builder Incubator

The Venture Builder Incubator is perfect for postgraduate researchers and academic staff who are interested in turning their data-driven research or idea into a business. This 5-month programme is designed to provide the skills and opportunities to validate the commercial potential of data-driven ideas.

OCC Launch 20

The Launch 20 initiative is our earliest pre-seed investment initiative, to help companies experiment and validate their idea.


This is a dedicated Investor2Investor event where Scotland’s innovation meets investment.

Advanced Investor Readiness (AIR) Programme

Our AIR Programme is for founders and business leaders, providing training which is designed to enable and enhance our cohort’s business, as they seek to secure current and future Series A investment.

Postdocs to Innovators (p2i)

The p2i online course runs twice a year and provides business training, skills development, and experience to ignite your entrepreneurial spark and transform postdoctoral researchers into innovators.


PitchBook - an online financial database platform covering private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A activity.

Ready to make an impact?

Get involved! There are many ways you can benefit and engage with our entrepreneurial activity and we are always keen to hear from entrepreneurs, startups, students, corporates, investors, mentors and funders.

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