Business creation and development

We provide a supportive and stimulating culture for students, researchers and entrepreneurs to start new businesses. In partnership with the Student Enterprise Programme the University of Stirling Management School offers a tried, tested and ambitious framework of ideas, facilities, experience and knowledge, as well as conference and administrative amenities.

Nurturing enterprise

We provide the environment, infrastructure and resources for our students, researchers and entrepreneurs wishing to start new businesses. Some of these ventures have all the signs of developing into high growth operations, while others are working on inventions and services that could have meaningful impacts on human health and well-being, culture, society, and the environment.

Many provide employment for their founders and small teams, whilst others are transforming into entities that could be significant job creators in the near future. Some enterprises now operate globally, continuing to surprise us with their diversity and ingenuity, but all are engaged in economic activity that is responding to the changing needs of society.

“Being a part of creating a real business in the incubator allows students from the Management School to be immersed in the practice of managing people and processes from which they emerge in a state of readiness for whatever their chosen industry may hold for them.”

Alasdair Gammack
Student Enterprise Programme Manager

Encouraging new business creation

The Student Enterprise Programme develops an entrepreneurial culture among our students. Enterprising behaviour is a key trait valued by employers when selecting their workforce. The programme has a number of events throughout the year where students can engage and develop their enterprise skills with experienced business operators. Our students have access to a full advisory service covering all aspects of enterprise, business creation and support, including funding, analysis of the business environment and any legal issues around intellectual property protection and knowledge transfer.

“The Student Enterprise Programme provided advice and mentoring that proved crucial in establishing and growing my business. The programme develops the individual as well as the business, which allowed me to grow in competence and confidence alongside the business.”

Luigi Koechlin
Managing Director, Global Voices

A space for innovation

Stirling’s Student Enterprise Programme is based on the Stirling University Innovation Park, close to campus. This allows us to provide a framework for sharing ideas and knowledge and offers conference and administrative facilities to start-ups and research and development companies.

“The University’s Innovation Park shows where academic research can be converted into commercial opportunities and jobs. Our ability to innovate and invent will be essential to secure our future in a fast changing world and Stirling is showing what we can do to compete with the best in the world.”

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP,
Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivering the 2007 Williamson Memorial Lecture

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